I want to thank Olaf, a frequent poster here, for sending me a link to this story.
Oprah Winfrey has taken her show and has used it for some extremely troubling, not to mention anti-biblical, issues. Not only is she steeped in New Age, and not only has she famously said that “Jesus can’t be the only way,” but now she is sending out the message, through guests who are supposed to be ministers, that being gay is a gift from God.
In the article linked below, Oprah Winfrey had Reverend Ed Bacon, of All Saints Episcopal Church, in Pasadena, California, as a guest on her show. According to World Net Daily, “the comment was so controversial that Winfrey invited Bacon back four days later via video link to explain himself.” Source.
“Tell us, what did you mean by that comment?” Winfrey asked.
“I meant exactly what I said,” Bacon responded with a wide smile. “It is so important for every human being to understand that he or she is a gift from God, and particularly people who are marginalized and victimized in our culture. Gay and lesbian people are clearly outcasts in many areas of our life, and it is so important for them to understand that when God made them, God said, ‘You are good.'” Source.
I notice he stays carefully away from the verses that says what God really feels about homosexuality. They surgically snip those parts out, and try to tell us what they think God really said. As is apparent, they are not speaking for God, for if they were, they would warn these poor souls away from the path of destruction they are walking down, and share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This statement really made me shake my head:
Referring to critical e-mail received after his remark, Bacon said from his church’s pulpit, “Some of it is the most vitriolic stuff I have ever read, calling for the rescission of my ordination, saying I didn’t know what I was talking about and saying, ‘Show me where in the Bible it says that being gay is a gift from God.'”
To the last challenge, Bacon replied, “Well, if those folks would read the Bible, they would see that in Genesis it says that when God created humankind, God said that we are good – all good, didn’t mention any exceptions.” Source.
Okay… it’s vitriolic to ask for him to step down? It’s vitriolic to ask for scripture evidence for his stand on homosexuality? His answer to those people’s concerns really amuses me, because citing Genesis and the account of creation where God said that His creation of man was good is not evidence that homosexuality is a gift from God. If Rev. Bacon would read Genesis a little more indepth, he would also see that God said He created Man as male and female, and during the creation, He said, “It’s not good for the man to be alone…” and so He created a female for him. A female! And, of course, there are all those other verses where God calls it an abomination, but who reads that stuff any more?
Are you ready to stand for God’s Word as never before? If not, get ready. We’re about to be tested, I do believe.
To read the article in it’s entirety, and to view videos of the incident, please click the source links above.