bishop V.Gene Robinson to lead prayer on January 19.
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DATE: January 14, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Obama Belittles Bible, Gives Unrepentant
"Gay Bishop" Prayer Platform
Lynchburg, VA – Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty
Alliance Action and Liberty Counsel, released the following statement today
in response to news that Barack Obama has invited openly homosexual
Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at an inaugural
event on Sunday:
"It's a shame that President-elect Obama apparently has so little regard for
his Christian constituents that he would give such a high place of honor to
a self-styled man of God whose only claim to fame is that he abandoned his
wife and children to enter, 'loudly and proudly,' a sexually deviant
lifestyle expressly condemned by the very Bible he's ironically called 'holy
"None of us are without sin; and certainly none are less valuable in God's
eyes than any other. But Christ did command us to repent of our sins and to
'go and sin no more.' Not only has Robinson refused to repent of his
homosexual behavior, which is unequivocally condemned throughout both the
Old and New Testaments as sexual sin, he has further rebelled against God by
leading astray countless of his flock who suffer from similar temptation.
"A fancy white robe and tall priestly hat does not a man of God make,"
continued Barber. "Robinson may or may not be a believer as he claims; only
he and God know that for sure. But what we do know is this: based upon his
frequent association with homosexual anti-Christian hate groups like the
Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and in
light of his ongoing counter-Christian sexual crusade, Gene Robinson is
little more than a radical homosexual activist in a clergyman's clothing.
In fact, his heretical rebellion against God's express natural order,
coupled with his selfish refusal to surrender his pulpit, has almost single
handedly devastated the U.S. Episcopal Church," said Barber.
Robinson has indicated he will not use the Bible at the event, saying,
"While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans.
I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer." Barber
responded, "Unfortunately, Robinson is not especially Christian in much of
what he does. After that comment, I wonder if he heard a rooster crow."
While addressing his aberrant sexual appetite for men, Robinson said, "I
believe in my heart that the church got it wrong about homosexuality."
Answered Barber, "That's why Christ admonishes us to place His word above
that which we feel in our hearts. As Scripture warns: 'The heart is
deceitful above all things.'"
"As Gene Robinson prays for Barack Obama on Sunday, I would encourage all
Bible believing Christians to pray for Gene Robinson. Pray for the wife and
children he left for a lie. Pray that he will repent, 'go and sin no more,'
bringing others with him to the salvation only Christ can offer. A
salvation we all – our nation and our world – so desperately need."
Mainline Renewal Leader Warns President Elect Obama:
Robinson Offensive to Christians in U.S., Africa,
and the Global South
MEDIA ADVISORY, Jan. 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- In a strongly worded letter
today, Association for Church Renewal President Rev. David Runnion-Bareford
warned President-Elect Obama about the destructive impact of his decision to
invite Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson to lead prayer at the Sunday
celebration of his inauguration.
Rev. Runnion-Bareford wrote, "Your decision to invite Bishop Gene Robinson
to provide public leadership at the Sunday celebration of your inauguration
is offensive and disappointing to many of us in Christian leadership who
seek to be supportive of your presidency.
"In contrast to your other choices for religious leadership during this
historic occasion, Robinson is a schismatic figure who has intentionally
caused deep hurt and division in the Christian church. To many mainline
Christians who share your concerns for peace and justice, Robinson
symbolizes the moral deviance of denominational leaders who have embraced
the agenda of sexual license to the detriment and decline of their churches.
The division caused by Robinson and his supporters have caused great harm to
the Christian church.
"Of equal or greater concern, however, is the public message you are sending
to our international partners in the global south. Bishop Robinson has
become a symbol of western decadence and moral deviance to African Church
leaders and to some degree South American and Asian church leaders who
represent constituencies far larger than the Christian church in the United
States. Putting Robinson forward with the blessing of your presidency
communicates that your intention is to embrace the virulent practice of
western hedonism. It is abortive to your efforts to provide strong
international leadership for unity and peace. African leaders in particular
will see this as a direct insult to their efforts to confront the horrendous
health issues that face their people and the oppression of Islamics and
others who accuse Christianity of reflecting the immorality of western
The Association for Church Renewal is a strategic alliance of over 30
renewal groups and movements bearing witness to the apostolic, ecumenical
Christian faith in the mainline denominations of North America. Rev. David
Runnion-Bareford can be reached for comment at 603-867-7711 or by email:
To: National & International Desks
Contact: David Runnion-Bareford, Association for Church Renewal,
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