Charisma Magazine summarizes what summer conventions will bring to several msd (mainstream denominations). On the menu: intensified debates about the acceptance of homosexuality in the church. The Episcopal church, vying to be the most vicious of them all expelled 61 clergy who opposed homosexuality.
This past Wednesday, 61 Episcopal clergy of the Diocese of San Joaquin near San Francisco received letters from the bishop notifying them that they had been deposed from ordained ministry. The priests and deacons who received the notices had split from the Episcopal Church in 2007-disaffected by the liberal theology of the Episcopal Church, especially its permitted local blessing of same-sex marriages and its unsettled debate over the ordination of gay priests-and had realigned themselves with the more conservative Anglican Province of the Southern Cone in South America. The notices charged that they had abandoned the Communion of the national church.
In traction are the United Methodist Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; Episcopal Church; United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church USA; American Baptist Church; and the Disciples of Christ. There’s no doubt about it, homosexuality is the most vicious attack the church has come up against since the slavery issue. It has already prompted a sexual civil war of sorts, dividing families, churches, communities and friends.
But the Methodists and Lutherans aren’t the only ones who are being forced to talk about this issue openly.
Perhaps it was our extensive reporting on this issue within COGIC which caused some to break the silence. According to one person in attendance, homosexuality was “topic of the day” during COGIC Women’s convention held in Denver last week. “The COGIC attorney’s were educating the crowd to blow the whistle on predators and stop this madness. It was so good until people started getting up and confessing what they had experienced. Betty Nelson of Texas testified that her daughter who sings now was in a lesbian relationship for a long time and she continued to love her and pray for her and now she is delivered.”
That’s a very cheering report. Our prayers go out to the faithful in all these denominations who are fighting for right and righteousness even in the face of apostate leaders.