As leftism continues creeping into modern religion, the church has come under fire for its tacit acceptance of sexual sin. Pope Francis was criticized recently for suggesting that the church focuses too much attention on issues such as homosexuality.
Rev. Gary Hall, who leads the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., is an Episcopal leader whose comments on the gay lifestyle have raised eyebrows both within and outside of the church.
Calling it “the last barrier,” Hall said that criticism of homosexuality should be relegated along with sexism and racism.
“We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are. They are sin,” he said.
In this latest move to legitimize a lifestyle most religions have historically taught is a sin, Hall instead castigates those who hold fast to God’s word. Furthermore, the National Cathedral will begin performing same-sex weddings under his leadership.
Though there are those who cloak hatred — no matter their target — in a skewed definition of religion, true Christians want to share the love and forgiveness of Jesus with as many people as possible. This includes reaching people where they are and introducing them to a Savior who will take away the sin in which they are living.
Hall, on the other hand, has proclaimed that such outreach a sin.
“Shaming people because their gender identity doesn’t fit neatly into your sense of what it should be is a sin,” he said. Completely disregarding what God ordained marriage to be, Hall unilaterally told his congregation that they must be willing to accept and support any bastardization of that standard.
He said that his goal is to make sure “today’s generation of LGBT youth will thrive and grow and take their places around this table, with Jesus, as we bless, forgive, heal, and love the world.”
Loving the world is the central theme of Jesus Christ’s teachings on earth. He did not, however, instruct his followers to give sinners permission to remain as such.
The Bible teaches that all sin is the same to God, and His followers are called to turn away from it. Hall encourages people to embrace their sin by proudly flaunting it within the church. He is leading people to Hell by instructing them that God’s rules no longer apply.
A church leader should care more about a person’s eternal soul than his or her ability to fornicate with abandon.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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