Episcopal Same-Sex Marriage Bible Selections: Doin’ What They Say the Fundies Do!
The vile, hate-filled, sermon-stalking monster known as the Underground Pewster is at it again.
He’s explored the Bible lessons attached to the new same-sex marriage materials of the Episcopal Church. Guess what? They pull passages out of context as “proof texts,” in some cases overturning the obvious meaning of a lesson to say the opposite of what it means. You know, just like those proof-texting-stupid-fundamentalists that we are so unlike in our great scholarship and deeper understanding of the Bible.
The low-light of the new thing is the ravaging of The Letter to the Galatians, as Pewster explains:
And what would Paul do if he saw his letter to the Galatians carved up so as to omit verses 15-21 (as it is suggested to use Galatians 5:14, 22-26)?
15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. - The omitted verses (NIV)
I guess most couples will pick the next choice because it so fits the theology.
21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 1 John 3:18-24
Show me where He commanded us to love one another in that way.
Pewster, you are a walking case for Canonical discipline of lay people. In discipline clubs. In TEC basements.
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