Episcopalian leaders continue to guide their denomination into the abyss — and no doubt, the Presbyterians (PCUSA) will soon follow.
The Episcopal denomination’s General Convention voted this week to make it illegal to “discriminate against anyone.” Specifically, that means it is now illegal to “… bar from the priesthood people who were born into one gender and live as another or who do not identify themselves as male or female.”
Readers of my columns and other pieces may remember my prediction that this fast train into the pit would not stop just with practicing homosexuals. It will inevitably lead all the way to pedophilia.
I cannot help but think of Jesus’ words: “Wide is the gate that leads to destruction.” Those words became poignant when I read the jubilant quote from one of the Episcopal leaders:
It is not just a good day for transgender Episcopalians and their friends, families and allies. It is a good day for all of us who are part of a church willing to take the risk to continue to draw the circle wider as we work to live out our call to make God‘s inclusive love known to the whole human family,” the Rev. Susan Russell, a deputy from the Diocese of Los Angeles and an activist who supported the legislation, said in a statement.
That wide “circle” is certainly the wide gate that Jesus talked about. It is the place where people can enter with all their baggage, but then they proceed to go over the cliff of eternal destruction. If this decision doesn’t cause Bible-believing Anglicans (who represent 90 percent of Anglicans worldwide) to sever ties with the Episcopal Church, I don’t know what will.
For years, some of us have said that the Episcopal Church has ceased to be the Church of Jesus Christ. But if you’re no longer the Church of Jesus Christ, then whose church are you?
There are only two ways — God’s and Satan’s. There are only two kingdom’s — God’s and Satan’s. And there are only two churches — God’s and Satan’s. For any faithful worshipper of Jesus Christ, there can be no doubt as to which camp the Episcopal Church now belongs.
I know, I know … many of the church’s remaining members will call me narrow-minded, homophobic, ignorant, and hateful. But I want them to know several things.
First, God knows, as do many of those church members, that I don’t possess a hateful bone in my body.
Second, as long as I’m pleasing God and obeying His Word, it makes no difference to me what people call me.
Third, and most important, I wear their words of attack and insult as a badge of honor. For Jesus Himself said, “Woe unto you when all men speak well of you.”
I may not possess a hateful bone, but I do possess a broken heart — not only for my former church, but also for the very few (and I do mean very few) remaining faithful believers in the Episcopal Church who misguidedly think they can stay and be a light.
Tragically, they have become an ember. The Episcopal fire has gone out, and I pray that those remaining believers will get out before their fire is extinguished also.
Michael Youssef, PhD is an Egyptian-born American and founding rector of The Church of The Apostles. His messages are broadcast 3,800 times a week into 200 countries through Leading The Way Ministries. He holds a PhD from Emory University in Social Anthropology. His blog: MichaelYoussef.com. Follow on Twitter: @MichaelAYoussef. This column is printed with permission.
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