11 June 2014

Transgender Priest to Preach at Washington National Cathedral

The Washington Times reports:
The most visible Episcopal church in the U.S. is hosting its first openly transgender priest this month.

The Rev. Cameron Partridge is set to give the June 22 sermon at the Washington National Cathedral in Northwest. . . .

Mr. Partridge is the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University and a lecturer and counselor for Episcopal and Anglican students at the Harvard Divinity School. He completed his transition to male in 2001, according to Boston University. . . .

The Washington National Cathedral. Photo: Wikimedia
As with most society's promotion of sexual deviancy, Bible-believing Christians ought to remain unsurprised by such announcements. The article goes on to quote Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral:
We at Washington National Cathedral are striving to send a message of love and affirmation, especially to LGBT youth who suffer daily because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. . . We want to proclaim to them as proudly and unequivocally as we can: Your gender identity is good and your sexual orientation is good because that’s the way that God made you. (Source)
In essence, Rev. Hall is saying that the Lord God lied when He said through the prophet Isaiah,
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isa 5:20)
And indeed Christ’s words in John 3:19–21 ring true in this situation:
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God. (John 3:19–21)
Further, when Rev. Hall declares to LGBT people that “that’s the way God made you,” he forgets that in Genesis 1:27, the Word says that God created man male and female. God was not mistaken in His creation. God did not make transgender people.

The article goes on to quote Integrity USA, “a nonprofit that advocates for full LGBT acceptance within the Episcopal Church,”
"This is not any sort of shock. This is just a devout minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ who is being given an opportunity to preach the Gospel," said Vivian Taylor, Integrity USA's executive director who knows Mr. Partridge as a mentor. "If anything, this is giving folks the opportunity to see a transgender person of faith, living his faith in an honest and meaningful way that absolutely honors the Episcopal faith."

The problem is this: the gospel of Jesus Christ is that forgiveness of sins can be found in Christ alone, Who lived the perfect life that we cannot and died the death and suffered the wrath that we deserve, and Who rose again on the third day. God grants repentance and faith to sinners, but He does not stop there. His salvation is full and complete and leads to a transformed life. But this man, Cameron Partridge, continues to live in and celebrate his sin and sinful lifestyle. Thus he has no concept of what the Apostle Paul means when he says,
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor 6:9–11)
The article continues with a quote from Dawne Moon, an assistant professor of sociology at Marquette University:
"[The Episcopal Church is] showing themselves to be open to learning about what God and faith look like from many human perspectives, and not just the perspectives of those who conform to a particular social norm."

But this is not about human perspectives. It is about God’s perspective, and God, through the pen of the Apostle Peter, says,
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am Holy.’ (1 Pet 1:14–16)
And, as was seen in 1 Corinthians 6:9–11 above, the lifestyle lived and advocated by this Episcopal priest is one of sinful, unrepentant immorality. This is not a lifestyle reflective of the believer's pursuit of godliness.

The professing Christian church will continue to compromise righteousness and holiness in the name of unity and love, yet this cannot be. The unity and love espoused by the world is not that which is taught in the holy Word of God. Thus Christians must stand firm on what they know to be true, knowing that the firm foundation of the Word is one that will not waver, even in the midst of this hostile world.

Further Reading
Church of England Celebrates 20 Years of Disobedience to God's Word
Is It Sin to Experience Same-Sex Attraction?
A Pastor Responds to Desiring God on the Issue of Same-Sex Attraction

1 comment:

  1. "But this is not about human perspectives. It is about God’s perspective"

    Amen and amen. -Deborah


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