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What is the deal with the New Hampshire diocese of the Episcopal Church? If you missed the news, this past weekend it elected an open homosexual as bishop.

Canon V. Gene Robinson, who left his wife and two children for his a male partner, said, “God is doing a new thing.”

No, the Episcopal Church is doing a new thing. God is pretty clear in expressing His views: Marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and sex outside of marriage is a sin. See Leviticus 18:22, Matthew 19:4-6, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

The only way we can argue that God didn’t mean what the Bible says is by asserting that we can discern God’s will apart from scripture; in other words, by creating a God that conforms our will, instead of conforming to His.

I do not hate homosexuals, as conservative Christians supposedly do. That’s not it at all. What bothers me is the fact that our society is increasingly willing to accept open rebellion against God as not only normal, but desirable. Enlightened. Tolerant.

God does not see homosexuality as more or less of a sin than any other act of disobedience, a point many conservative Christians miss. Sin is sin, period. And all of us are guilty, “for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We’re all lost, regardless of our sexual preferences.

But turning away from scriptural teaching, on the sinfulness of extramarital sex or anything else, should not be tolerated.

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