Sunday, January 18, 2009

Barack Obama's two inauguration ministers

Desiring God put up a blog post entitled "How Barack Obama Will Make Christ a Minister of Condemnation" which states, in part:
At Barack Obama’s request, tomorrow in the Lincoln Memorial, Gene Robinson, the first openly non-celibate homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church, will deliver the invocation for the inauguration kick-off...It is one thing to say: Two men may legally have sex. It is another to say: The Christian church acted acceptably in blessing Robinson’s sex with men...It means that Barack Obama is willing, not just to tolerate, but to feature a person and a viewpoint that makes the church a minister of damnation...In other words, to bless people in these sins, instead of offering them forgiveness and deliverance from them, is to minister damnation to them, not salvation...
I know that Barack Obama upset a lot of his gay and lesbian supporters when he invited Rick Warren to deliver the premier prayer at tomorrow's inauguration. But, the invocation will be delivered by Gene Robinson.

Tolerance is agreeing to disagree, a willingness to live and let live. Tolerance is not endorsement, nor does it mean the absense of meaningful dialog on the points of disagreement. Today, however, tolerance has become a means of enforicing the idea that anything goes, and to disagree is bigotry. This is unfortunate, as many Christians fall prey to this trap.

It is very, very important to always remember; people need the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a saving grace that forgives and redeems. However, a false gospel, one that blesses choices which lead to eternal separation from God, is not just a tragedy but a travesty.

In reading this article, please remeber - people need the Gospel. In our attempt to live in harmony, we must always remeber that people need the Gospel more than they need for us to not offend them. And it is important for us to love them enough to tell them the truth, especially truth that offends. The temporary approval taht we as Christians grant by endorcing sin lead to eternal consequences.

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