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St. Stephen’s pews hurt by pulpit

Posted: March 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

I would like to thank The Signal for printing my March 6 letter, “St. Stephen’s wrong to ordain openly gay priest,” and the responses supporting St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Jay’s letter (“There will be no outcasts in this church,” March 13) gave great insight into the sad truth that apostasy begins in the pulpit, not in the pew.

Mrs. Jay wrote: “And things that have grown old are being made new — not an old wrathful God who desires the death of sinners, but the new incarnate son of God, Jesus, who comes that all may be freed and made whole.”

Mrs. Jay makes it clear that she denies the authority of Scripture and the God of the Scriptures. Contrary to the common, idolatrous, and blasphemous assertions that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament are
somehow different Gods or a God who has changed — God is unchanging (Deut. 6:4; Jn. 8:58; 10:30; Heb. 1:12; 13:8; Jas. 1:17; Rev. 1:4, 8).

Sadly, Mrs. Jay’s letter explains why those from her church who have responded to my letter, as well as the church members with whom I spoke to outside the church, do not understand the Scriptures and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those in the pews are simply following the teachings from the pulpit.

Yes, Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16).

But Jesus also spoke of judgment just a few verses later. “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (Jn. 3:19-21).

Everything Jesus said is true.

Mrs. Jay, you and your church are in my prayers. There is still time for you to repent and turn to Jesus Christ.

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