The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, Bishop-in-charge of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe, has admitted what many of a more liberal bent in the Anglican Church of Canada need to acknowledge; that of all the arguments so far made for the full inclusion of openly practicing homosexuals in their church, none has a real Scriptural basis.
“While I do believe that a case for the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people that rests on faithful arguments from Scripture, theological anthropology, etc., can be made, the fact is that this church has not officially done so.”
In fact, from what I’ve heard, if Scripture enters into their equation at all, it is only to be accused of being irrelevant, outdated, misinterpreted, misunderstood or no longer applicable in our modern world
At least the Rt. Rev Whalon has the honesty to realize and admit it. Of course, he does not set out what these faithful arguments from Scripture are (and I can’t imagine what they might be). In that sense he reminds me of Richard Dawkins speaking about how the world first came into existence. He doesn’t know how, but he has faith that someone, some day, will find out. He just knows it wasn’t God. In other words, what both of these seem to be saying is, “There’s an answer out there somewhere. I’m not saying what it is, but trust me, it’s there.
Referring to a convention in Minneapolis in 2003 that took a huge step in advancing this agenda, Whalon says;
“I sensed the Spirit was moving. It felt like a holy moment…”
Too often, in gatherings of liberal churchgoers or leaders I hear reference to the Spirit doing a new thing, or that the Spirit is leading us in a particular new direction. This, of course, is nothing but raw and unfettered emotion on the part of fervently passionate zealots pushing for whatever cause they feel so passionate about. It's feelings, pure and simple. I read a comment on one blog, for instance, that the commenter was convinced that if Jesus were alive today he would be marching in gay pride parades! Now, where would anyone get that idea, other than purely subjective passion for her cause? I could almost sense the tears and the catching in the voice had she been verbalizing the thought.
The difference between the orthodox and the liberal in these matters is that, if I may speak for the orthodox side, Scripture is the standard against which every opinion, every feeling and every emotion must be measured. If what we feel contradicts Scripture, it is not Scripture that needs to be changed, or ignored.
And except for a real intervention by the true Holy Spirit, the other side will just never get that.