Episcopal Church 'Hijacked' with Election of Gay Bishop

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Episcopal Church 'Hijacked' with Election of Gay Bishop


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The following are excerpts from a sermon given recently by the Rev. Steven R. Randall at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Catonsville, Md.

Our country was shocked and shaken down to our very core [on September 11, 2001] as terrorists who had no regard for the lives of thousands of people but served a false god of violence and blind destruction attacked our country.

Like many of you, I feel like our church has been hijacked by misguided and in some cases evil terrorists. And like those planes of [September 11], our church is being used to destroy not only those inside in the name of some false god, but to destroy the lives of others, outside the church - people like you and me who don't yet know the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

We've all seen the headlines of papers everywhere stating that the Episcopal Church voted to ordain an openly homosexual man who left his wife and two daughters. ... After that, the Episcopal Church actively supports the blessings of same-sex "marriages" as if they were holy and good and something from God.

But today I want to speak to you from my heart in the light of Holy Scripture - not the headlines of our newspapers.

This Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God. And though I don't claim to understand everything in it, it speaks very clearly about marriage and sex.

Psalm 18:30 says, "As for God, His way is perfect, the Word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him."

We need to consider what our church is all about. It's not the building and traditions nor even our way of life on Sundays.

The Episcopal Church is like an airplane. ... Some are trusted to pilot the plane. And in the normal course of church life we are taught to listen and follow the directives of the pilot. We depend on them not only to give us leadership, but protect and guide and find the direction and ultimate destination of that plane.

We put our lives in their hands. Those pilots are our bishops, and as long as they are sober and trained up in God's word and are obedient and disciplined we can trust that we and our families and children will be safe.

But people, our plane has been hijacked. …

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