Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes expound his liberal views on gay marriage.
One of the main arguments put forward in the clip is that ‘Peter listened to Cornelius’ who by so doing received new light regarding God’s grace.
Peter was a Jew and the Jews having been given the oracles of God [Rom 3:2], the law, promises and the covenants [Acts 10:28] went too far [Is 29:13] when making a law stated that ‘it was unlawful for a Jew to keep company with men of other nations’ [Acts 10:28]. Additionally the Jews were certain that they alone were guaranteed salvation simply because they were the biological descendants of righteous Abraham, a belief that Jesus destroyed on more than one occasion.
Matthew 23:33 - [Jesus speaking to the Pharisees]
Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
And do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
So against this Jewish ‘traditions’, Peter shown by God in a vision went to see Cornelius where he found not only Cornelius, but other Gentiles [non-Jews] gathered together Cornelius having been commanded to do so in a dream [Job 33:14-18]. However it wasn’t only the Gentiles who learned something that day but Paul and his Jewish friends also, for the Holy Spirit fell upon the Gentiles listening as He [The Holy Spirit] had the Jews at Pentecost earlier [Acts 2:1-3], confirming that God’s salvation extended to the Gentiles as well as the Jews through faith in His Son Jesus Christ and His work of redemption upon a Cross.
And those of the circumcision [Jews] who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
But had God, as Bishop Bayes seems to suggest, shown us a new truth, even that salvation has suddenly been extended to the Gentiles or was God simply taking the scales of pride away from Paul’s eyes so that he could see old truths revealed? Because we read in both the Old and New Testament...
Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also.
Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.
9 - and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: “For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, and sing to Your name.”
10 - And again he says:
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”
11 - And again:
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!”
12 - And again, Isaiah says:
“There shall be a root of Jesse; and He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in Him the Gentiles shall hope.”
But it isn’t just that some Gentiles might enter the Kingdom to be ruled over by the Jews, but rather that some Gentiles shall become Jews through faith in the Jewish Jesus Christ who fulfilled the Law in all points.
28 - For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh;
29 - but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.
That through faith we can be grafted into Israel [Rom 11:17-24] that we might reign and rule with those Jews who accept that Jesus is their Messiah, the King of the Jews [Jn 19:21-22] whom they slew.
And have made us [Jews and Gentiles] kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Senior bishop calls for change in C of E attitudes to gay people.
- Article by The Guardian.
Leading evangelical bishops call for Church to change on gays.
- Article by Christian Today.
My guess is that these Bishops have fallen for the World’s definition of love, a definition that not only excuses sin but states that Christ died on the Cross that they might enjoy same-sex temptations, not murder, adultery, bestiality or incest... but singularly the sinful temptation that surround same-sex attractions.
For brethren, you have been called to liberty; only do not use this liberty as an opportunity to sin, but through love serve one another.
For having heard the heart felt cries of conviction, these Bishops having hardened their hearts and cast God’s Word to the ground have succumbed to ‘the love that is in the world’ which is contrary to sound doctrine revealed when Christ said...
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me”.
If they truly loved them with the love that comes from Christ, they would say to them that which Christ said to the women caught in the very act of adultery...
Neither do I condemn thee: [now] go, and sin no more!
Meaning that judgement for sin is merely deferred until the judgement for those who not only excused their sin, but rejected the payment paid for sin by God’s only begotten Son. For all sin must be accounted for either through Christ’s death or personally at the Judgement [Rev 20:11-15].
But for us who have accepted His precious gift, we take-up our cross and deny base passions. And if we should momentarily stumble and drop it, we making no excuse for our error rather confess it [not the confessionary], repent and claiming once more that precious promise take-up once again our Cross turning from sin... knowing that an eternal inheritance awaits those who hope in Him.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.