Has it occured to anyone that all this talk about the "full inclusion" of LGBTQQ people into the life of the Church actually serves to exclude them from certain aspects of Church life? Here's how:
Every baptized Christian has the privelege and the responsibility to approach the Father, through the Son, and "with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Our salvation is in Christ, and our salvation is a salvation from sin. And each and every single one of us is deeply marred by our sin.
The pundits of ECUSA's New Religion cut LGBTQQ people off from the throne of grace. They teach that it is only with fear and trepidation and second guessing about what is and what isn't a sin that we approach the throne of the Father's grace. Or, what is worse, they tell LGBTQQ people to approach the throne of the Father's grace with confidence that they do not need mercy and forgiveness for at least area of their sinfulness.
By teaching that homosex is not, in fact sinful, that it does not need to be washed with the blood of the Lamb, the teachers of the New Religion exclude LGBTQQ Christians from the fullness of the life of the Body of Christ. Our Lord was clear: he calls all, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, to himself. And we come to him by repentance.
"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5.32)
Lying across the pathway of repentance that leads to the loving and affirming embrace of our Lord is the insidious lie of ECUSA's New Religion: that repentance is not necessary if you are LGBTQQ. But The truth is: without repentance, there is no divine mercy, no love, no affirmation. Without repentance, the way to Christ, and to his love and affirmation is definitively blocked, and without Him, there is only judgment, only death.
[Note: LGBTQQ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Questioning. Note too, that this little essay is in response to the Minority Report of Bp. Chane, et alia, entitled A Statement of Conscience, and to other expressions of the same damnable lies to which many in ECUSA have fallen victim.]