So, the minions under the influence of the antichrist spirit are fed up. In Psalms 2, King David noted with awe the fomented hate speech of the heathen directed at Christ, the Lord. What’s behind the irrational nihilism of the heathen? Primarily, they hate God and his unchanging law. Its the BIG barricade their wicked intentions cannot overcome with force. So what they do is fly into a rage. One of the minions, [Bishop] John Shelby Spong [previous coverage here] probably didn’t get prior approval from his boss for this, but too late, its out now.
Spong calls his rage against the Creator “A Manifesto! The Time Has Come!” and spewed it October 15, 2009.
“I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many right-wing Christians about how the Bible condemns homosexuality, as if that point of view still has any credibility. I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is “an abomination to God,” about how homosexuality is a “chosen lifestyle,” or about how through prayer and “spiritual counseling” homosexual persons can be “cured.” Those arguments are no longer worthy of my time or energy. I will no longer dignify by listening to the thoughts of those who advocate “reparative therapy,” as if homosexual persons are somehow broken and need to be repaired. I will no longer talk to those who believe that the unity of the church can or should be achieved by rejecting the presence of, or at least at the expense of, gay and lesbian people. I will no longer take the time to refute the unlearned and undocumentable claims of certain world religious leaders who call homosexuality “deviant.” I will no longer listen to that pious sentimentality that certain Christian leaders continue to employ, which suggests some version of that strange and overtly dishonest phrase that “we love the sinner but hate the sin.” That statement is, I have concluded, nothing more than a self-serving lie designed to cover the fact that these people hate homosexual persons and fear homosexuality itself, but somehow know that hatred is incompatible with the Christ they claim to profess, so they adopt this face-saving and absolutely false statement. I will no longer temper my understanding of truth in order to pretend that I have even a tiny smidgen of respect for the appalling negativity that continues to emanate from religious circles where the church has for centuries conveniently perfumed its ongoing prejudices against blacks, Jews, women and homosexual persons with what it assumes is “high-sounding, pious rhetoric.” The day for that mentality has quite simply come to an end for me. I will personally neither tolerate it nor listen to it any longer. The world has moved on, leaving these elements of the Christian Church that cannot adjust to new knowledge or a new consciousness lost in a sea of their own irrelevance.
This is my manifesto and my creed. I proclaim it today. I invite others to join me in this public declaration. I believe that such a public outpouring will help cleanse both the church and this nation of its own distorting past. It will restore integrity and honor to both church and state. It will signal that a new day has dawned and we are ready not just to embrace it, but also to rejoice in it and to celebrate it.” [source]
There’s much more unhinged frothing at the mouth, but its too torturous to read. Spong isn’t necessarily lying. The breakdown of humanity and its descent into unbridled wickedness is something few of us may be able to imagine right now. In fact, Christ forewarned us the times before us would rival the wickedness of pre-flood earth and Sodom. For those who trust in Christ, don’t be fooled by warm platitudes of “making the world a better place”. It wont happen. The love of many will wax cold (Mt 24:12), perilous times will come (2 Tim 3:1) and the earth itself (despite the efforts of the rabid environmentalists and climate change prophets) will melt with a fervent heat (2 Pet 3:12).