The fruits of the protestant heresy reared its ugly head Monday when one of their top religious leaders, Tony Campolo — former spiritual advisor to President Clinton and one of the leaders at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia — came out in favor of sodomy and so-called same-sex "marriage," saying Christians have misinterpreted Scripture and that they have a "responsibility" to welcome active homosexuals.
In a statement posted to his website, Campolo endorsed same-sex unions without the slightest deference to theological reasoning or historic reverence in support of his claims, perfectly illustrating in succinct, unflinching detail the absolute bankruptcy at the heart of Protestant theology. In just one statement, Campolo authoritatively changes all Christian understanding of marriage and sex while urging people to follow him down the black hole into the abyss of relativism. He begins this by saying his "concern for social justice" led him to constantly ask himself the question whether or not he would "fully accept into the Church those gay Christian couples who have made a lifetime commitment to one another?"
While reflecting on those questions in the past, Campolo says he chose to keep his answers "ambiguous" while he tried to bridge the gap between Christians and LGBT people so he could understand both sides of the issue, feeling a constant uncertainty about what God actually wanted. Finally, after "countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil," Campolo finally figured out that God actually wanted "full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church," something to be found in his own head and nowhere in sacred Scripture — Protestantism's only authoritative source of belief.
Campolo then goes on to redefine marriage as he sees fit, offering a more gnostic understanding of the institution, which most likely stems from Protestantism's past acceptance of contraception. He writes:
For some Christians, in a tradition that traces back to St. Augustine, the sole purpose of marriage is procreation, which obviously negates the legitimacy of same-sex unions. Others of us, however, recognize a more spiritual dimension of marriage, which is of supreme importance. We believe that God intends married partners to help actualize in each other the "fruits of the spirit," which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, often citing the Apostle Paul's comparison of marriage to Christ's sanctifying relationship with the Church.
While Campolo says he based his decision to apostatize on prayer and reflection, that can only be classified a lie. Campolo capitulated to the gay agenda because of his wife Peggy, who caved into the propaganda years ago and has been a pro-homosexual activist ever since. He readily admits that Peggy influenced his decision, but still tries to play it off as if he approached this conclusion somehow by the grace of God:
One reason I am changing my position on this issue is that, through Peggy, I have come to know so many gay Christian couples whose relationships work in much the same way as our own. Our friendships with these couples have helped me understand how important it is for the exclusion and disapproval of their unions by the Christian community to end. We in the Church should actively support such families. Furthermore, we should be doing all we can to reach, comfort and include all those precious children of God who have been wrongly led to believe that they are mistakes or just not good enough for God, simply because they are not straight.
Though Campolo claims he understands how Christians can "read the scriptures very differently when it comes to controversial issues" and humbly admits he might be wrong, it begs a serious question: If Campolo is wrong — which he most certainly is — does he have any fear he might suffer eternal punishment for leading souls astray?
His statement concludes with Campolo basically bullying Christians to cave on gay marriage on account of having been mistaken in their interpretations of Scripture on issues like divorce/remarriage in the past.
I am old enough to remember when we in the Church made strong biblical cases for keeping women out of teaching roles in the Church, and when divorced and remarried people often were excluded from fellowship altogether on the basis of Scripture. Not long before that, some Christians even made biblical cases supporting slavery. Many of those people were sincere believers, but most of us now agree that they were wrong. I am afraid we are making the same kind of mistake again, which is why I am speaking out.
The ghost of Martin Luther still haunts us.