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In Essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity

St. Augustine said that about 1600 years ago, and yesterday Kendall Harmon repeated it on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

His debate opponent Susan Russell managed not to respond to it, when she could have easily clarified what the schism in the Episcopal Church is all about. So I will say it for her:

“The schismatics think that labeling Gay sex as sinful is an essential of the faith. We think that’s ridiculous. Since Jesus never mentioned Gay sex, our judgment about it cannot be an essential teaching. But they think it’s so important they want to write it into a new creed. The Apostles Creed isn’t good enough for them, the Nicene Creed isn’t good enough, so now they want to force the Episcopal Church to adopt a new creed written by a Gay-hating Nigerian. Our answer is simple: anti-Gay bigotry is immoral. Stop wasting the Church’s time with this Akinolan Creed when we’ve got hungry people to feed.”

5 Responses

  1. The saying is nowhere to be found in Saint Augustine. It is from Peter Miederlin aka Meldenius.


  2. Jesus did not say anything about pedophilia or incest either. Does that mean that these things are non-essentials? Using your logic, we should take a fresh look at the poor folks whose burning passion of their hearts inclines them to these (dare I call them) sins?

    In any case, the same people who wrote the rest of the New Testament gave to us everything we know about Jesus and what He ever said. So what we have about Him is by their authority. That means to me that the effort to pit the silence of the Gospels against the clear teaching of the rest of the New Testament is at best a logical fallacy and at worst spiritual suicide. Instead, as 1 Corinthians 6 tells us, we reach out to all kinds of strugglers who wrestle with sinful sexual temptations and offer to them the same thing we all long for: power and love to be healed. As Paul witnessed in those passages (“such were some of you, but you were washed, you were sanctified….”) the power for inner healing, joy and love is still available in Jesus. Many of us today can still witness to that power and healing.

  3. Sure, Father Carlos, the *power* for inner healing is still available in Jesus; he just doesn’t use it, because Gayness doesn’t need to be healed.

    What Gay people need to be healed from is prejudice and oppression from Christians like you and churches like yours.

    And don’t you ever associate Gay people with pedophilia or incest again. Those are overwhelmingly heterosexual sins, so get thee to Confession.

  4. I was abused by a gay pedophile when I was 4 years old. What say you Josh?

  5. So therefore, Yong Yong, you hate all Gay people, because of one criminal?

    Was he a Gay pedophile or just a pedophile? Most pedophiles don’t care about the gender of their victims, they care about their age and their powerlessness.

    I’m sorry you were victimized, but I didn’t do it. Neither did “Gay people.” Focus on your victimizer, not the group you say he belonged to. Most pedophiles are heterosexual.

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