Episcopal Gay Bishop Praises 'Confusion' over Homosexuality in Presbyterians' Pro-Gay Approach
By Grace Oshiro - Crossmap On July 2, 2012
Vicky Gene Robinson, the first gay bishop of the Episcopal Church, encouraged pro-gay Presbyterians to take more "courageous work" to "confuse" people regarding the concept of traditional marriage.
In a national celebration dinner hosted by More Light Presbyterians, Gene Robinson, Diocese of New Hampshire, spoke to about 300 people on "holy confusion and chaos" which Christians should stir.
"It was not that many years ago when our churches, yours and mine and most others were absolutely certain what God thought of us...Because of
your courageous work, there are a lot of confused people out there. That is a huge step forward." Robinson said.
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"I like to think of it as holy chaos...pretty much what has happened in families all over America. Kids come home and they say, 'Mom, dad, I'm gay,' and the family is thrown into confusion and then the parents have to decide how deep, how broad, how high is their love for their child. So the gay kid, the Bishop of New Hampshire, came home to dad, the the Archbishop of Canterbury and said, 'Dad, I'm gay.' And now the Anglican Communion is in confusion trying to decide how deep, how
broad, how wide God's love really is," the bishop said.
"You are to be congratulated for giving this gift of confusion to your church."
In his speech that lasted about 30 minutes, he attempted to draw everyone's attention to the scripture as a support for homosexuality, saying, "Let's take the Bible back from those who have taken it hostage, you know, those are our Scriptures too."
Robinson regards Act 3 as his favorite chapter, which enlightens homosexuals. A man who was crippled from the birth was always sat in front of the gate called Beautiful, by which he begged money from others everyday. When Peter told him to stand and walk in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the man was
freed from physical deformation and walked into the temple courts.
The bishop insisted that this is a story for homosexuals.
"We have been told for years that we can only come as close as the door like that lame man who was told it was his sin or perhaps that of his parents that made him lame. You and I have been told that we have this thing about us that makes us unworthy to come any closer."
But like the lame man, they were told, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk" and "discovered what it's like to walk ... right to the center of our churches where we suspected all along that we belonged."
In a commentary written by Parker T. Williamson in The Layman, it says "What he meant was, take the Bible away," not "take the Bible back."
Williamson commented on Robinson's interpretation on “This is my Son, with whom I am well pleased” spoken by God in Jesus' baptism to be applied for all homosexuals as a pleasing life to God.
"Robinson’s exegesis constitutes a gargantuan stretch. Scripture says God the Father was speaking of one person – and only one person – who has ever been pleasing to God," he said in a recent commentary.
"Contrary to Robinson’s rewrite, God the Father does not accept us 'just as we are.' Rather, He accepts those whose lives have been amended by His Son, Jesus Christ. Missing in Robinson’s religion is our contrite confession of sin, forgiveness and sanctified submission to the Gospel’s call to an amended life."
About the account in Acts 3, Williamson, the editor emeritus of the Presbyterian Layman newspaper, said, "Robinson twisted the tale. He said that the lame man knew in his heart that he had always belonged in the temple. Peter removed the impediment that prevented him from entering the place where he belonged. Filtering his interpretation through an LGBT entitlement lens Robinson suggested that LGBTs have always deserved full participation and leadership positions in the
church. Peter abolished the structures that prevented it. "
He continued, "Robinson’s takeaway bible distorts Scripture by omitting or ignoring “'ll have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.' He replaces it with entitlement language that has no place in the community of faith. Those whom the Lord has redeemed, who by God’s grace experience amended lives and whose lives the church recognizes as demonstrations of the Gospel, are called by the Lord to serve his church."
The Presbyterian denomination is now awaiting for a vote next week, which is determinant to the future of a proposal to reverse a 2012 decision which
opened the way for the ordination of gay clergy.