Wednesday, April 9, 2008


"A SENIOR minister of a Sydney Anglican parish has made an extraordinary attack on the High Court judge Michael Kirby [Pictured], warning he would face the wrath of God if he remained unrepentant as a gay man.

"The rector of St Stephen's Church in Bellevue Hill, the Reverend Richard Lane, denounced the judge for calling himself a Christian Anglican while living in an openly gay relationship and warned as a 'messenger, watchman and steward of the Lord in the Anglican Church of Australia', he faced God's judgment.

"To call himself a Christian Anglican was a 'perversion of truth' and to continue to do so without changing his lifestyle would brand him, like Herod, a 'coward, a liar, a deceiver' and a 'lawless one'.

"'I appeal to you to cast yourself on the mercy of Jesus … That is admit your sin, confess your wrongdoing and turn in humble repentance to the Lord Jesus, who alone can forgive you,' Mr Lane said."

[For the full article, see here.]

I don't know what god the "Reverend" Richard Lane worships, but it's certainly not the God of the Bible! He, like all too many professing "Christians," seems to delight in castigating and condemning; heaping judgment while showing a smug self-righteousness that is completely antithetical to Jesus' Commandment to all who would be His disciples to love and not judge others.

Judge Kirby gave an excellent response to Lane's diatribe: "To defy modern knowledge and to stick to uninformed interpretations is truly irrational. To do so selectively is specially so. It is a reason why the churches are losing rational adherents."

Judge Kirby is absolutely correct!

Jesus has made it crystal clear that the only one in this situation who is "perverting the truth, and who shows himself to be "a coward, a liar, a deceiver and a lawless one" is Lane, whose very words defame all Christians worthy of the name; cast aspersions on Christianity; does a tremendous disservice to his denomination, and are words that spit in the very face of God Himself!

"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." (Matthew 7:1-2)

"Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest; for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things." (Romans 2:1)

If there is anyone in this situation in special need of God's mercy, it's Rev. Lane and all those of his ilk!
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