The approval of homosexual Bishop Gene Robinson was the tipping point that inflamed the Anglican Church debate. Now, the tipping point is making several points of contention with the recent meeting of Anglican primates disputing the direction of the denomination. Here are some select portions from his comments:
Just because The Episcopal Church has been invited to subvert its own polity (governing structure) and become a Church ruled by bishops-only, a Church that is willing to sacrifice the lives and ministries and dignity of its gay and lesbian members on the altar of unity, does not mean that we are going to choose to do it.
God is still with God’s Church — frail, cowardly and misguided as it can sometimes be, human nature being what it is. The Church is not ours to save or lose — the Church belongs to God, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.
Whether the Episcopal Church ‘comes through’ for us or not, God will not fail.
You can read his full response here.
The inflamed issue of homosexuality in the Anglican Church is a major issue, but it is not the main issue. Instead, it is merely a derivative complication that stems from a much deeper problem–a rejection of biblical authority. When the authority of scripture is rejected, then these types of compromises will naturally follow. It is only a matter of time.
I personally do not see much hope for reconciliation in the Anglican Church worldwide. Why? There is a sharp divide between two different subgroups with two different sets of priorities based on two different views of authority. Unless something dramatically changes, then a continued schism will happen.
Bishop Robinson is right about one thing–“the Church belongs to God, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” The problem is that he, and many other Episcopalians, are seeking to build the church on some other foundation than the truths proclaimed by the apostles and prophets…not to mention Jesus Christ, the chief cornerstone Himself.
His claim that the Anglican church is “willing to sacrifice the lives and ministries and dignity of its gay and lesbian members on the altar of unity” is indeed over the top. But the truth of the matter is that I would rather sacrifice the lifestyle preferences of some on the altar of biblical faithfulness than sacrifice biblical authority on the altar of tolerance.