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Homosexuality and the Church: A Baptist Woman Speaks Out
By Ricky Allen
Nov 10, 2003 - 3:33:00 PM

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NEW YORK, NY -- It's the biggest news of the Christian world - An openly gay bishop in an Episcopal Church. The news of The Rev. V. Gene Robinson's appointment as the Episcopal Church's first openly Gay Bishop has sent a shockwave of debate, anger, confusion, and wonder throughout the Christian world.

Meet 45-year-old Molly, a single parent and resident of upstate New York. A deeply rooted Baptist, she said that the announcement, in comparison with everything else going on in the world today, is not surprising.

"Evil is rampant in this world is sad that mature grown-ups have to wreck young children's lives like that," she said.

And she doesn't just blame the newly appointed bishop; she also spoke about the alternate lifestyle itself. She said it was "a crook and the root of it is sin, and truth be known to the population. God would probably tell him he's a sorry excuse for a leader of the faith."

Molly's pastor has been at her church for more than 10 years, and she said that he has spoken about the issue of the Gay Bishop but "He teaches and preaches the messages God gives him Once in a while, He'll mention something about world events."

With the Episcopal Church granting passage to that gay bishop, I then asked her if she felt if that will trickle down into the Baptists, Catholics, Methodists. She said, "If church folks stay righteous, and rightly dividing the word of truth and stay spiritually discerned, they should have no trouble knowing what's true and what's not."

For a lifestyle that seems to be on the rise within a country that has yet, in my opinion, to get beyond racial and cultural borders, their acceptance of an "alternate" lifestyle, whether in a church, or a local community will be long.

Just like America's fight for independence and like the African-American's fight for freedom and equality, there will be some that will accept it as long as it doesn't effect them. Others will accept it for the greater good of the country as they think, and then there are those who will never accept it, leaving a rash of new walls built in place of older ones.

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