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July 18, 2012


Episcopal Same-Sex Marriage Bible Selections: Doin’ What They Say the Fundies Do!

The vile, hate-filled, sermon-stalking monster known as the Underground Pewster is at it again.

He’s explored the Bible lessons attached to the new same-sex marriage materials of the Episcopal Church.  Guess what?  They pull passages out of context as “proof texts,” in some cases overturning the obvious meaning of a lesson to say the opposite of what it means.  You know, just like those proof-texting-stupid-fundamentalists that we are so unlike in our great scholarship and deeper understanding of the Bible.

The low-light of the new thing is the ravaging of The Letter to the Galatians, as Pewster explains:

And what would Paul do if he saw his letter to the Galatians carved up so as to omit verses 15-21 (as it is suggested to use Galatians 5:14, 22-26)?

  15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
  16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
  19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. - The omitted verses (NIV)

I guess most couples will pick the next choice because it so fits the theology.

  21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 1 John 3:18-24

Show me where He commanded us to love one another in that way.

Pewster, you are a walking case for Canonical discipline of lay people.  In discipline clubs.  In TEC basements.


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The UGP is the master of finding the key verses that TEC scrubbed to distort what Scripture is saying. I have seen some of his comments on how TEC has rearranged the readings in the lectionary also. I guess it is consistent with their idea of the “contextualization”. TEC has essentially abandoned Scripture, tradition and reason when they don’t support their unbalanced agenda of inclusion, social justice and earth worship.

[1] Posted by Fr. Dale on 7-18-2012 at 07:27 AM · [top]

9 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. - The omitted verses (NIV)

Oh, goodie.  Does this mean I can indulge in hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, etc. as long as my heart doesn’t condemn me?

[2] Posted by slanehill on 7-18-2012 at 08:57 AM · [top]

UGP doubleplus ungood thoughtcriminal, bellyfeel oldthink Goldsteinism, not MiniTrue goodthink.  Big Sister have two minutes hate, make UGP unperson.

[3] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-18-2012 at 09:18 AM · [top]

#1 Fr. Dale - yes, he has a charism for that!

#2 slanehill - I don’t see why not.  And you should be able to walk into a TEC parish with a voodoo doll of someone you hate and have it blessed.

#3 Jeffersonian - careful, you might wind up in charge of those lay discipline clubs with such a command of the approved language.

[4] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-18-2012 at 09:18 AM · [top]

#2 slanehill - I don’t see why not.  And you should be able to walk into a TEC parish with a voodoo doll of someone you hate and have it blessed.

Excellent, Fr. Tim!  That should liven up Sunday mornings.  Although my bishop would not be pleased AT ALL.  He’s one of those fundies, you know! (I am profoundly grateful to have such a “fundamentalist” bishop.)

[5] Posted by slanehill on 7-18-2012 at 09:36 AM · [top]

The whole article by UPG is worthy of reading.  Excellent commentary.

[6] Posted by bob+ on 7-18-2012 at 09:52 AM · [top]

Is a lay discipline club a weapon, a locale, or both?  Inquiring minds want to know.  Next thing you know we’ll be seeing TEC vestments done in leather.  red face

[7] Posted by Daniel on 7-18-2012 at 10:09 AM · [top]

Adding you to the Title IV complaint, Daniel #7.

[8] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-18-2012 at 10:16 AM · [top]

I knew they were in trouble when they made Revelation 22:18+19 “optional” in the Lectionary.  That set the stage for all that has happened since.

Timothy+- I think you are being rather hard on Daniel in #7.  I believe his comments are exempt from prosecution under the recently passed “trans, etc” resolutions.  All he does here is to suggest that other “expressions of gender” (in this case, the leather expression) are acceptable, just like TEC newdoctine doublegoodspeak recommends.

I thought that the lay discipline club was an organization of self appointed revisionists blessed by the bishop to enforce discipline.  You know, who will go out in matching rainbow shirts (brown is just too ordinary) every Sunday morning to ensure that any orthodox keep up their pledges to the penny and remain otherwise silent.  By whatever means necessary.

[9] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-18-2012 at 10:46 AM · [top]

Does the use of Grindr make the user(s) eligible to be in the discipline club or liable to Canon IV?

Clearly the use of selected extracts of Scripture to appease itching ears doesn’t.

[10] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 7-18-2012 at 02:42 PM · [top]

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