Newly Elected Episcopal Church leader biblically ignorant

“Bish­op” Katharine Jef­ferts Schori, recent­ly elect­ed leader of the Unit­ed States Epis­co­pal Church, is on record as say­ing that not only is homo­sex­u­al­i­ty not a sin, and that God gets the cred­it for the unnat­ur­al affec­tions of homosexuality.

Reuters report­ed on an inter­view she had on CNN, and I want to exam­ine just a few of the things she said here, per­haps let­ting Bible- and Christ-lov­ing Chris­tians caught up in the U.S. Epis­co­pal Church know what kind of lead­er­ship they are sub­mit­ting them­selves to. 

When asked whether or not she believes homo­sex­u­al­i­ty is a sin, Jef­ferts Schori said, “I don’t believe so, I believe…” That is notable. Why is she unable to stand on the cer­tain­ty of the Holy Scrip­tures on this mat­ter of which they speak? It is one thing to say, “I don’t believe so,” when asked whether or not the whites are still in the dry­er or not, but in regards to an issue God has spo­ken of? So before she even has a chance to get start­ed with her answer, she shoots her­self in the spir­i­tu­al foot and sup­plants the word of God for her own ideas.

Con­tin­u­ing: “I believe that God cre­ates us with dif­fer­ent gifts.” Amen to that! I don’t see what this has to do with a con­ver­sa­tion about sex­u­al­i­ty, how­ev­er. She says that “Each one of us comes into this world with a dif­fer­ent col­lec­tion of things that chal­lenge us and things that give us joy and allow us to bless the world around us.” And fur­ther, “Some peo­ple come into this world with affec­tions ordered toward oth­er peo­ple of the same gen­der and some peo­ple come into this world with affec­tions direct­ed at peo­ple of the oth­er gender.”

But we are all pre­dis­posed to sin! Mur­der­ers, liars, adul­ter­ers, thieves, idol­aters, homo­sex­u­als, child moles­ters, kid­nap­pers, blas­phe­mers, lovers of men more than lovers of God, abusers of them­selves with mankind, and more are all born with a pre­dis­po­si­tion toward their action. Jesus empha­sized great­ly that it is the heart of men that leads to these actions, and as such they are all just as much a “lifestyle” as homo­sex­u­al­i­ty sup­pos­ed­ly is. Sin is not excused because of being formed in iniq­ui­ty (Psalm 51:5)!

The Reuters arti­cle tells us that Jef­ferts Schori is the first woman to serve as leader of the 2.3 mil­lion mem­ber Epis­co­pal Church, that she will take office lat­er this year, and that she has an advanced degree in marine biol­o­gy, with a spe­cial­iza­tion in squids and oysters.

Not to attack her char­ac­ter, but if she is so edu­cat­ed, why do sim­ple Bible vers­es trip her up so much? Take this one for example:

A bish­op then must be blame­less, the hus­band of one wife… 1 Tim­o­thy 3:2a, NKJV

Can some­one please tell me how this woman can be a hus­band? God demands it of those who will over­see His saints assem­bled on Earth. A cou­ple of oth­er vers­es scream out at me as well:

Let a woman learn in silence with all sub­mis­sion. And I do not per­mit a woman to teach or to have author­i­ty over a man, but to be in silence. 1 Tim­o­thy 2:11,12, NKJV

Let your women keep silent in the church­es, for they are not per­mit­ted to speak; but they are to be sub­mis­sive, as the law also says. 1 Corinthi­ans 14:34, NKJV

The Reuters arti­cle dis­played a pic­ture of Ms. Jef­ferts Schori as well, sport­ing short hair. This is a curi­ous thing if “a bish­op must be blame­less,” for a woman has hair as “a glo­ry to her … a cov­er­ing” (1 Corinthi­ans 11:15) because “…every woman who prays or proph­e­sies with her head uncov­ered dis­hon­ors her head [her hus­band], for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved” (v.5, NKJV).

She was ques­tioned on CNN how she rec­on­ciled her beliefs with what the Bible teach­es. Here’s a piece of advice: If your teach­ings are so whacky that you have to work out an excuse for what you believe because it is in clear vio­la­tion of the Word, then you must repent and stop being a Bible rejecter.

How does Jef­ferts Schori jus­ti­fy her­self? Like a lame duck:

The Bible has a great deal to teach us about how to live as human beings. The Bible does not have so much to teach us about what sorts of food to eat, what sorts of clothes to wear — there are rules in the Bible about those that we don’t observe today.

She pass­es off her sins by fail­ing to “right­ly divide the word of truth” (2 Tim­o­thy 2:15). Her rea­son, appar­ent­ly, is that because the Laws giv­en to Israel don’t apply to us today, we can pick and choose what we want to apply or ignore, with “cul­ture” as our guide. Fascinating.

Per­haps it is notable that when God destroyed Sodom, He did so before the Law was giv­en. Do you know what that means? The Sodomites were in vio­la­tion of God’s nature not because of some Law one can rel­e­gate to a spe­cif­ic cul­ture, but because of their con­science, some­thing every man must hush in order to sin. Typ­i­cal­ly, it is pret­ty safe to assume that what was a sin before the Law is still a sin after the Law. The Law added more com­mands for a spe­cif­ic peo­ple, and now a dif­fer­ent set of peo­ple has a dif­fer­ent set of laws (the Church, the New Tes­ta­ment). Homo­sex­u­al­i­ty is still a sin which should be repent­ed of. Why? Because the Bible says so. Any opin­ion con­trary to the Bible is about as worth­less as things can get.

The Bible tells us about how to treat oth­er human beings, and that’s cer­tain­ly the great mes­sage of Jesus — to include the unincluded.

Yeah, it’s good to ignore the “Go, and sin no more” com­mands He gave to those He helped. Jesus may well have been good to a homo­sex­u­al had He come across one, but just as He did with all the oth­er sin­ners, He would declare that by their faith they are healed, and that they should go and sin no more. Do you know what that means? Jesus loves us enough to not leave us the way we are.

And since when are homo­sex­u­als the “unin­clud­ed”? Judg­ing from what I see on the tele­vi­sion, their Amer­i­ca’s gold­en chil­dren. When’s the last time some­one through me a parade for hav­ing a wife in a god­ly mar­riage? Ha! The world loves it’s own. The world loves their own sin­ners and hates Jesus Christ because He reproves their sin. That is real­i­ty. It is an absolute. It is what Jesus taught. Beware any church which seeks to embrace the world while ignor­ing the rebukes of the word of God.

As an aside: I am not being sex­ist, but it is notable that the only bib­li­cal exam­ple of a woman teach­ing in the assem­bly of the saints can be found in Rev­e­la­tion (Jesus speaking):

Nev­er­the­less I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls her­self a prophet­ess, to teach and seduce My ser­vants to com­mit sex­u­al immoral­i­ty and eat things sac­ri­ficed to idols. And I gave her time to repent of her sex­u­al immoral­i­ty, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who com­mit adul­tery with her into great tribu­la­tion, unless they repent of their deeds. I will kill her chil­dren with death, and all the church­es shall know that I am He who search­es the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you accord­ing to your works. 2:20–23, NKJV

It is notable that here Jezebel is a woman teach­ing with­in a church (for­bid­den by God) and she is approv­ing of sex­u­al immoral­i­ty. Is that not what Ms. Jef­ferts Chori is doing?

Oh, that Chris­tians would for­sake this world and stay true to the Book.

Edit: For some rea­son, upon first sav­ing this post, some of my text became man­gled, being noticed by my awe­some wife Ali­cia. I fixed it to the best of my mem­o­ry as to how it should have been, but please for­give any parts of the text which seem to tran­si­tion weird or per­haps may be redun­dant. God bless.

2 thoughts on “Newly Elected Episcopal Church leader biblically ignorant”

  1. Well writ­ten, excel­lent points made. Pray that Schori’s eyes will be open to the plain teach­ing of God’s word

  2. This blind leader of the blind, for­tu­nate­ly she does not have the final say in such mat­ters. She is being lead by the dev­il and if her groupies can not see the plain truth, as the Word of God presents it, they will all suf­fer the consequences.

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