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Canon Robinsons’ Revolution Must Be Exposed and Opposed

11/2/2003 - 2:10 PM PST

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By: Deacon Keith A. Fournier
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I am a Steve Martin fan. I love his humor and appreciate his movies. They make me laugh in an age when there seems to be entirely too little to laugh about.

One of my favorite Steve Martin movies is an older one entitled “The Jerk” The film opens with the main character, an obviously white man, saying:“Huh? I am not a bum, I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things. My friends and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? O.k. It was never for easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days sitting on the porch with my family singing and dancing, down in Mississippi.”

This clumsy white guy claiming to have been born a “poor, black child”, no matter what he says, is still what he is. Something even more absurd is occurring today. Gene Robinson will soon claim to be a Christian Bishop. This is not funny. It is tragic. He too, is still what he is, no matter what he or some wayward members of his Church now say.

At four O’clock this afternoon in Durham, New Hampshire, with the eyes of the whole world watching, another white guy, a married Episcopal priest, who broke both his marriage and priestly vows when he divorced his wife and abandoned his children over a decade ago in order to engage in an active homosexual relationship, will be presented for consecration as a Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Canon Robinson seems to think he is a revolutionary, somehow bringing about a new day when Christianity will be re-created. He claims that his “consecration” is a sign that, in his own words, “God is doing something new.” What he is claiming is that God has changed his mind. He is wrong. Robinson simply rejects the unbroken teaching of the Christian Church for two thousand years. He seeks to substitute a new interpretation of the plan of God in “creating them male and female” and calling us to the communion of marriage.

It was the ancient Prophet Isaiah who warned: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness into light and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet, and sweet into bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own sight, and prudent in their own esteem” (Isaiah 5: 20 and 21). Robinson does just that. He calls “evil good, and good evil”. However, the facts and the unbroken witness of revelation, tradition and history still remain. Christianity has always proclaimed that marriage is a special state, reserved only for a man and a woman, ordered toward both the communion of persons and the gift of new life in children.

Canon Robinson (whom some will soon call "Bishop") proclaims to the world that God has changed His mind and, further, that so should the Christian Church. By his open and active homosexual lifestyle he rejects the clear Christian teaching concerning human sexuality. For two thousand years the Christian Church has taught with uniformity that conjugal love is to be sexually expressed only within a monogamous marriage between a man and a woman. He wants to substitute his “new thing” for the classical, orthodox Christian claim that sexual expression is a gift reserved only for spouses.

Canon Robinson presents his claims in pseudo-theological sounding language, contexts them in errant appeals to revisionist history and frames them in pop psychology. He also projects them with a countenance that is apparently kind and even endearing. That is what makes it all even more disturbing and dangerous. However, let’s be clear, Canon Robinson broke his vows and has rejected a substantial foundation upon which the whole Christian faith is built.

This sadly deluded Christian, who in another age would have been called to repentance for apostasy, immorality and heresy, is now being held out as some new champion to the public. He proclaims, to all who will listen (and many will) that God has changed His mind about marriage. He rejects the unbroken teaching of two millennia, confirmed by all social science, human reason and experience, that the two parent heterosexual family is the safest place for children to be raised and where they can best flourish as human persons. He wants to replace it all now with a new revolutionary ideology.

In this Robinsonian revolution, non-conjugal sexual acts between men are to be viewed as equal to the marriage bed if they occur for a protracted period of time. Quite simply, this is not Christianity, it is blasphemy. It is not a “new thing”, it is actually quite old. Yet, faithful Christians who oppose this “consecration” are being presented as somehow the ones who are narrow and not liberated.

The fact is that the Christian way concerning faithful, monogamous marriage as the only proper place for sexual intimacy, within the communion of authentic married love and for the begetting and ...

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