Monday, July 21, 2008

Theological Giant J.I. Packer Says "Gay Rights" An Assault on the Gospel

Canadian theological giant J.I. Packer spoke out on his beliefs concerning the compatibility of gays and the gospel recently. His comments can be heard on the YouTube video below.

Most remarkable about this statement is the fact that Packer is a Canadian and made the statement from Canada where he could be arrested for hate crimes for criticizing the gay rights agenda. Earlier this year, Packer resigned from the Anglican Church of Canada because he believes "many of its bishops are "arguably heretical" for adhering to "poisonous liberalism."

The following is an excerpt from a Vancouver Sun article printed April 28, 2008. A link to the full article is HERE.

James (J.I.) Packer, whom Time magazine recently named as one of the planet's 25 most influential evangelicals, said he hesitated before using the harsh terms to describe the Anglican bishops, but believed he must do so in the name of truth.

(SNIP) Oxford-trained Packer was interviewed at a Friday gathering of about 300 members of the breakaway Anglican Network in Canada, which officially welcomed South American Anglican Primate Gregory Venables to Canada as their spiritual leader -- against the express wishes of Canada's top Anglican, Primate Fred Hiltz.

Packer, 81, said he can no longer serve under Vancouver-area Bishop Michael Ingham, who in 2002 sanctioned a diocesan vote that eventually permitted the blessing of same-sex couples at eight out of 67 parishes.

"He is a bishop who appears heretical," Packer said, comparing Ingham to high-profile progressive U.S. Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong and Scottish Episcopal Church Bishop Richard Holloway.

(SNIP) Known for the way he does not sugarcoat his conservative Christian beliefs despite his soft-spoken, gracious demeanour, Packer said the Bible is the "absolute" authority on divine truth, which clearly describes homosexuality as a grave sin.

Opening his English Standard Version of the Bible, of which he was chief editor, Packer read out passages from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, in which the apostle Paul compares "men who lie with men" to drunkards, thieves, slanderers and adulterers, none of whom will enter the kingdom of heaven.

"That's a very solemn apostolic warning," said Packer, a self-described "Calvinist Anglican" who wrote the book, The Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life.

(SNIP) Packer described the blessings that many of Canada's Anglican bishops' are willing to give to active gays and lesbians, as well as the bishops' openness to diverse ways of interpreting the Bible, as "persistent unrepentant doctrinal disorder."

The author of the 1973 book, Knowing God, which alone has sold more than three million copies, said it is "utterly tragic" that some conservative Anglicans felt they had no option but to leave the Anglican Church of Canada.

Asking himself why God would allow "poisonous liberalism" and its views of God and homosexuality to grow and flourish in Europe and North America, Packer said it must be so the West would eventually realize how dangerous such ideas are -- "so the poison will be fully squeezed out."

(SNIP) Packer urged Anglicans who are adamantly opposed to liberal developments in the Anglican church in Canada and the U.S. to remain "tough" as they re-align themselves under Archbishop Venables into a new non-geographically-based form of Anglicanism.


Blogger Irv said...

Dr. Packer, a giant of a man, will be happy to know that he is far from being alone. Witness the number of search engines, such as Yahoo and Google, that will prove the previous statement if a person brings up those resources and types in "God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up" which uniquely and in a reverse psychology manner has become an effective tool in grabbing the attention of the you-know-which group whose minds have seemingly been taken over by the invisible beings of eternal darkness. Irv (with nerve)

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