Thursday, January 24, 2013

Obama's National Cathedral is the Seat of Apostasy

Are we seeing a precursor in D.C.?  The Obamanation of desolation?

The claimed mission of the Episcopal National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. is to be "the spiritual home for our nation."  So what does it say for America that the head of this institution is ordained by the ECUSA to preach liberal politics and perform homosexual "weddings," and that the "leader of the free world" presided over a parade of apostate preaching in the cathedral for the inauguration "prayer" service?

For background, read Episcopal Church Blesses Deviant Sexual Behavior and also read Liberal 'Churches' Conforming to Decadent Culture

God has judged this Obamanation (where the Gay Agenda Carried in 4 More States), and where Biblical Prayer is Stricken from the Inauguration

UPDATE 4/1/13: Obama's Apostate Easter Sermon at D.C. ECUSA

UPDATE 6/22/14: Sexually Confused Chaplain Preaches at National Cathedral, Media Ecstatic

UPDATE 11/14/14: ECUSA Hands National Cathedral over to Muslims as Call to Prayer

-- From "Obamas, Bidens Attend Washington National Cathedral Prayer Service" by Jennifer C. Kerr, Huffington Post 1/22/13

[Prayer] For Obama and Biden: "Make them bold for the work you have set before them," said Kathryn Lohre, president of the National Council of Churches.

[Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan.] said Obama has been blessed with a unique vision. "You should have been a preacher," Hamilton told Obama.

A range of faiths was represented among speakers at the cathedral service, including the Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-chair of the National African American Clergy Network; Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly; Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America, and Rev. Nancy Wilson, leader of the Metropolitan Community Churches – a denomination founded as a spiritual refuge for gay Christians.

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From "Famous church's bells to ring for same-sex couples" by Brett Zongker, The Associated Press 1/10/13

[In July 2012,] the Episcopal Church approved a ceremony for same-sex unions at its General Convention in Indianapolis, followed by the legalization of gay marriage in Maryland, which joined the District of Columbia. The [ECUSA] national church made a special allowance for marriage ceremonies in states where gay marriage is legal.

Longtime same-sex marriage advocate the Very Rev. Gary Hall took over as the cathedral's dean in October. Conversations began even before he arrived to clear the way for the ceremonies at the church that so often serves as a symbolic house of prayer for national celebrations and tragedies.

"I read the Bible as seriously as fundamentalists do," Hall told the AP. "And my reading of the Bible leads me to want to do this because I think it's being faithful to the kind of community that Jesus would have us be."

"As a kind of tall-steeple, public church in the nation's capital, by saying we're going to bless same-sex marriages, conduct same-sex marriages, we are really trying to take the next step for marriage equality in the nation and in the culture," Hall said.

Some congregations have left the Episcopal Church over its inclusion of gays and lesbians over the years.

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From "At National Cathedral, dean preaches the gospel of activism" by Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post 1/23/13

It was partly Hall’s comfort in the media spotlight and with controversy that landed him the job in the fall of transforming the cathedral from a dimming star struggling to boost its profile and fundraising to a hot spot for community activism and debate.

But as someone drawn to religion in the ’60s by activist antiwar, antisegregation chaplains raring to make a scene, he believes he can use this. He can use it to hold the church up as the place that provides justice and hope in the dark times. That message fueled a generation of progressive religion and activism, and Hall is among those who hope it can again today.

[Hall] calls himself a “left-wing Democrat” . . .

“In the spirit of Dr. King, I want to say that opposing gun violence may have political implications, but it is not primarily a political issue. It is a religious issue,” Hall preached. “If we want to stand with Jesus and with Martin Luther King, we’ve also got to stand with those who, like them, die by means of violence. And that means we who follow Jesus and stand with King have to stand against guns.”

Ushers handed out 10,000 call-your-lawmaker cards to worshippers over the Christmas period. Hall and the Washington diocese’s bishop, Mariann Budde, traveled to Johns Hopkins University this week for a summit on gun control. They are soliciting criticism from gun-owning Episcopalians, hoping to broaden their pool of allies.

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From "Episcopal dean of the National Cathedral teaming up with Democrats on guns" by Alex Pappas, Political Reporter, Daily Caller 1/23/13

According to that [press] release, Hall and the Cathedral “have come to the end of the ‘preaching part,’ and are now turning their attention toward organizing in support of a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, supporting universal background checks, and supporting stiffer criminal penalties for those engaged in gun trafficking.”

“I believe we at the Cathedral need to get behind the President and Vice President’s recommendations on gun control legislation, supporting a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, supporting universal background checks, and supporting stiffer criminal penalties for those engaged in gun trafficking,” Hall said Sunday.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "National Cathedral: Seat of Liberalism" by Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy 1/21/13

. . . Dean Gary R. Hall has frequently spoken of the church's role as being "at the center" of American public life. Hall wants to raise the cathedral's profile as not just a center of worship, but as an organized political advocacy center on a host of liberal issues.

Despite having freshly arrived from a failed seminary and a parish that by Evangelical or Roman Catholic standards would be viewed as somewhat small, Hall clearly has feelings of grandeur about his new office, seeing the National Cathedral as the center of American religious life.

. . . Hall represents a younger generation of liberal Episcopalians who resemble nothing so much as Unitarian Universalists decked out in stoles and surplices; they are quick to denounce those who advocate historic Christian teaching-especially moral teaching-as intolerant perpetrators of injustice who must be silenced.

In an October interview with the Detroit Free Press Hall announced that he is, "not about trying to convert someone to Christianity. I don't feel I'm supposed to convert Jews or Muslims or Hindus or Buddhists or Native Americans to Christianity so that they can be saved. That's not an issue for me."

"I have much more in common with progressive Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists than I do with certain people in my own tradition, with fundamentalist Christians," Hall declared. "The part of Christianity I stand with is the part in which we can live with ambiguity and with pluralism."

To read the opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Apostasy -- the place where religion and revelation part company" by Michael Bresciani 1/13/13

While we have been warned that apostasy is part and parcel to the last days prophecies that precede the return of Christ, it is still difficult to watch the steadiest of the churches dissimulate, disintegrate and fade into a sort of colorless gray blob of social interaction with secularism, guided by and over run with pop-culture thinking.

The Apostle Paul provided warning, but little consolation, concerning the apostasy. Paul said, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" (2Th 2: 3)

Paul obviously did not mean to console us with this warning, but he did mean to prepare us. In fact along with the news events of the day the falling churches are perfect indicators of exactly how close we are to the second coming of Christ.

. . . Now, the most important question of all; if the church you are attending or the spiritual guides in your life are also supporting lust and perverting the ways of the Lord, don't you think it may be time to hit the road for some higher ground?

To read the opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

Also read President Obama Denies Leading War Against Christianity as well as Religious Liberty & Anti-Christian Totalitarianism

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