At Lambeth - Go and Sin no more

 

After Jesus forgave the woman of adultery he did not say "Go out, have a good time and form a discussion group". He told her to go and sin no more. ..

Bishop Keith Ackerman
Bishop of Quincy, Illinois

(John 8:11 NKJV) She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

The above verse has often been used by the Conservative Anglicans against Gays to "go and sin no more" in view of God's mercy and grace. Here, Bishop Ackerman comenting on the Episcopal Church has tried to package the "sin" as referring to Homosexuality. and a call for the Episcopal Church to "repent". This is a rather desperate attempt by the Christian Right as the "sin" here refers to the sexual acts between a man and a woman and not same sex acts. There is no reason to assume otherwise that the context of the entire bible is addressed primarily to Heterosexuals, and straight Heterosexual prosmicuity appears to be the common problem in the Gospels and not gay sex. We are deliberately not tackling the sexual immorality addressed in the bible between Heterosexuals and worst still sttribute this sexual immorality to gays which then and today because of their small numbers never had any tangible impact upon the morality of the entire society. .

As the Anglican Bishops meet at Lambeth, we hear calls by the Archbishop of Sudan, the Reverend Daniel Deng Bul for the American Episcopals to repent and even a demand that openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson resign as a "good" christian in order to heal the communion. Such calls by the Religious Conservatives to repent was loud and clear in Jesus days, and the John 8 addressed not so much as to the Adulteror but to such religious conservatives. The Pharisees bought the Prostitute to Jesus to test Him. If He did not condemn the women, then Jesus could be accused to be condoning the sin and hence a friend of sinners, for Jesus it seems was surrounded by the outcasts of society whom the Pharisees despised as sinners compared to their self righteousness and holiness. If Jesus were here today, I would not be surprised if we would find Him in the Gay Parade. He was with the poeple that had been rejected and despised by the majority. He would be with the minority outcasts who could not defend themselves just as Gays today are victimised by the Church and society for being different from the norm.

At Lambeth, we have our modern day religious Pharisees going even further, bringing Gays to the forefront (even though homosexuality is not mentioned in the 10 commandments), accusing them of sexual immorality just because they love people of the same sex. Even the Pharisees would not have stooped down so low for they brought only the woman adulteror for the problem of sexual immorality in the community lies with the straight community not the 5% of the gay population, then and today. The issue has never been about gays, but about the conservatives coming against the liberals with the gay issue used to consolidate support by the conservative front as a uniting battle cry and a call to war. Just as the aim of the ancient Pharisees was to come against Jesus, the real motive of the conservatives were to use Gays to justify the action against the Liberals. They started this deliberate action through GAFCON and the Anglican South.

(John 8:6 NKJV) This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

Jesus did not answer the Religious conservatives directly or even addressed to them face to face, but He just wrote down the 10 commandments and therefore highlighted the sins of the Religious Conservatives. He wrote down the 10 commandments for the religious conservatives to reflect for themselves, but to the adulteror He spoke just one sentence of love and mercy. For the Pharisees, the 10 commandments were written in judgement. Jesus took 10 times more effort to highlight the sins of the religious pharisees as compared to the women. Could it be that the sin of the religious pharisees were 10 times more than the adulteror and Jesus was highlighting that they have no right to condemn her? Could it be that modern day conservative Christians are 10 times more sinful than the Gay people they bought forward as the example of immorality and sin at Lambeth, in an attempt to condemn the Liberal Christians for suporting gays?. Jesus did not even bothered to address the Conservatives nor entertained their accusations. He just wrote down the Law, and they knew they were sinners worst than the Prostitute. At least they had a conscience much better than the conservative Christians.

Two thousand years later, we have the modern religious conservatives calling for Gays to be judged, but you know, God would not be answering to them. There would be no answer from heaven, except the highlighting of the sin against the 10 commandments committed by the church. Having same sex relationship is not even against the 10 commandments but adultery is, both moral and spiritual adultery. The hand of judgement is coming upon the church, and the sin of the religious conservatives would be exposed one after another until their accusation of gays as sinners seem at best hypocritical, and drowned out by their own sins. The Christian Church represented by the Anglican South is going in for a tough ride where there will be exposure until their message of condemnation against gays will be heard no more, and the church will retract into its own walls losing much credibility and morality.

The Archbishop of Sudan was concerned that being a religious minority in Sudan, the gay issue might result the church being called "Infidels". Therefore the Archbishop was more concerned and driven by the aggenda of his struggle with the religious majority in Sudan rather than by the basic rights of Gay people who has always been expendable. We have preached the Gospel not with words and deeds with the demonstration of the supernatural power of God in the biblical manner, but because we have not much power, we begin to demonstrate the Gospel by highlighting our self righteouness and holiness over the gay community. And this is a great sin, that we must confess before God, and the Gay community for forgiveness..

The word of God today to the conservative Christians who boycotted the Lambeth Conference is to go and sin no more, to discontinue their action against gays, lest they expose themselves to judgement by the Law of God. The judgement will not come from the hand of God, but by their own actions they will receive for themselves condemnation. All their skeletons and closets will be exposed until at the end, there is not much morality to speak of.. There is a covering on the Church of God's Grace and Mercy, but this will not last if we continue to insist on being under God's Law. It does not really matter whether the Anglican Communion go into a demise, but far more important is the demise of God's presence and power.

(1 John 1:9 NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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