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“Pray For That Man”

Dr. Denny Burk, the new dean of Boyce College in Louisville, KY, has posted a blog about openly gay U.S. Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, asking “Who is the prophet in this picture?”

Robinson was heckled by a congregant as he rebuked those present for arguing about sexuality when, according to Robinson, there are more important social issues.  Then, this happened:


You can also read about the story here.  After the heckler was escorted out of the church, Robinson proceeded to encourage the congregation to “pray for that man,” meaning the heckler.

I say “pray for that man,” meaning Robinson. 

However, this is somewhat to be expected when we toss our Bibles in the backseat.  In the article linked above, some of Robinson’s sermon was quoted.  It is impossible not to notice his series of statements that either began with “I think” or “I don’t think.”  Without the Bible, everything becomes subjective.  There is no longer one, true Gospel, as the Bible says there is, because everything depends on the interpretation of each individual.

What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”Leviticus 18:22

“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” – Leviticus 20:13

However, as a former coworker recently pointed out, Leviticus also forbids eating hoofed animals.  So, what is the difference?  The New Testament gives instructions to disregard the Old Testament food laws in Acts 10, where Peter is told, “what God has made clean, do not call common” (Acts 10:15).  Conversely, the New Testament confirms the teaching in Leviticus that homosexuality is an abomination:

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” – Romans 1:26-27

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

However, there is indeed hope for homosexuals, as there is hope for all who have been guilty of the sins of sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, theft, greed, drunkenness, revilement, and/or swindling in the next verse:

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11

However, that hope is contingent on what the heckler was exhorting Robinson to do:

“Repent!  Repent! Repent!”

So, with regards to Gene Robinson, “pray for that man.”  Pray that he would repent and be washed, sanctified, and “justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God!”

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Anglican Church, Gene Robinson, Repentance | Leave a comment