There came a man sent from God whose name was...
(Tim, w/thanks to David) Well actually, I don't know his name, but he caused Sodomite Gene Robinson's sermon in an Anglican church in England to grind to a halt by calling the bad Bishop to "Repent! Repent! Repent! I stand on the Word of God! Repent!" (See link below.)
Why is this wicked Episcopal bishop over in England preaching just now?
Archbishop Rowan Williams is presiding over the once-a-decade Anglican meeting of bishops known as the Lambeth Conference held in Canterbury. He's invited almost all the 800 Anglican bishops worldwide. Only a few were barred from attending. One of them--the most significant one--is Bishop Gene Robinson who the United States Anglican communion known as the Episcopal Church elevated to the bishopric despite his being an unrepentant sodomite. After his elevation, the first person to greet him in the chancel area as a part of the liturgy was his sodomite lover, followed by his ex-wife and two adult daughters.
Trouble is, by far the largest part of the Anglican communion today is in the Southern Hemisphere and, being somewhat backward, African and Central and South American, and even Australian, bishops and archbishops are scandalized by this heresy and threatening or carrying out schism. (Well, actually, not schism; it's impossible to be guilty of schism when you're separating from those who bless sodomy and elevate sodomites into the bishopric. Really, it's church discipline, but from the bottom up which is not the way things ordinarily are supposed to go.)
But back to the Archbishop of Canterbury His Grace Dr. Rowan Williams. He's in an awkward position...
It's sort of a north-south thing, and the hostilities have escalated to the point where he must take a position one way or another. And so he has, choosing to exclude Bishop Gene Robinson from Lambeth. Of course, you must understand that in no way is he to be understood to be judging the man or the American Episcopal Church for promoting sodomy.
So what crime is the basis for the exclusion? The crime of being divisive.
Really, in his masterpiece, The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom was right in saying that the only law left in the Western world is the law that everyone must do what is necessary to get along with each other. So Archbishop Rowan Williams has a choice: He can side with the masses of Anglicans from the Southern Hemisphere who refuse to be a part of a church that puts sodomites into the office of bishop; or he can side with his own Northern Hemisphere communions who have used the Holy Name of God to promote birth control, abortion, unbiblical divorce, adultery, and now sodomy.
Tough choice for the Archbishop of Canterbury. With his hand forced, he excludes the bad Bishop Gene Robinson from Lambeth.
But note, it's not the sin of sodomy that caused Rowan Williams to give in to exclusivity. Rather, it's the sin of being too progressive without waiting for the backward and ignorant Southern Hemisphere Anglicans to catch up.
Yes, I know no one has ever said they're ignorant. Nor backward. Nor explicitly that it's just a matter of waiting a while so they can catch up. But I thought it would be helpful to say explicitly what has been implied all over the place for years, now.
So, leave it to a long-hair riding a motorbike--by decades the youngest man in the sanctuary--to call the bad Bishop to repent. And what irony that the congregation tries to silence this young prophet first by clapping, and then, as he's man-handled out of the sanctuary, singing:
Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
Endless is the victory, Thou o’er death hast won...