by Charley Reese.
Source: The Valley Independent - Date: August 13, 2003
The confirmation by the Episcopal Church of a practicing homosexual as
bishop of New Hampshire is just one more example of the deconstruction of Christianity by
people determined to have the benefits of both sin and salvation.
The scriptural condemnation of homosexual behavior is explicit and
unavoidable. The fact that the Rev. Gene Robinson paraded around the convention with his
partner on his arm says about everything you would want to know about liberal
The problem causing the demise of Christianity is wider than these
liberal Episcopalians. The basic cause is what I call cafeteria Christians. They pass
along the line of Christian scripture, pick up what they like and ignore what would
inconvenience them. There's no doubt that many modern so-called Christians find both
chastity and the condemnation of greed mighty inconvenient.
To the liberal, though, nothing is more inconvenient and repellent than
the prospect of standing up against the latest fashions and cultural aberrations. Had the
liberals been born in another time, they would have tripped over each other in a rush to
kiss the rear end of the Roman emperor. No martyrs they.
C.S. Lewis summed up the situation years ago: Christianity is a
religion. To earn the name "Christian," one must believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin
Mary, performed miracles, was crucified and rose from the dead. If you don't believe that,
then the whole religion is a fraud. Stripped of its divinity, all you have left is a
mishmash of altruistic maxims that are by no means unique or original.
The problem is that the only source of information on these divine
aspects of Jesus is in the Scriptures. If you take the position of modernists that the
Scriptures are only partly true and are not divinely inspired, then, of course, you
undermine the divinity of Jesus and therefore destroy the religion.
A friend of mine who amassed 400 hours of college credits while
majoring in scotch once remarked that nearly all the atheists and agnostics in the
philosophy department planned to go into the Christian ministry. Their explanation was
simple: Where else could a guy with a doctorate in philosophy knock down a six-figure
salary? That in part explains the gradual destruction of Christianity.
Christianity, of course, has been under steady and persistent attack in
the modern age by both secularists and its traditional enemies. Except for Catholics, it
appears to be dead as Hector in Western Europe. All of those beautiful cathedrals are
mostly empty, except for tourists.
In America, of course, some of the evangelical cults have both
politicized and militarized the religion, preaching hate and intolerance and leading the
cheers for warmongers. Nothing could more blatantly contradict the basic teachings of
I heard one of the liberal Episcopalians say that if you relied on
scripture, you'd have to condone slavery. That is false. Christian scripture neither
condones nor condemns slavery. It merely instructs slaves to be good servants and masters
to be good masters. It would do modern Christians well to reread their Christian Bible and
see if they find anywhere in it a condemnation of the Roman Empire or any of its
institutions or practices.
The answer is you won't. Nor will you find any admonitions to lobby the
Roman Senate or make any other efforts to reform society. Christianity is directed to the
individual. Politicizing Christianity is just one of many modern heresies. So, too, is the
effort to turn it into a social activist organization.
The one bright spot is that many people are increasingly turning to the
Orthodox Church. There you will find an unadulterated Christianity pretty much as it was
practiced in the days of the apostles. It doesn't matter if the sign on the church says
Greek or Serb or Russian or Antioch. They are all the same Orthodox Church. I warn you,
though - the real religion is not for hedonists.