After Indiana, my friend David French spoke at Hillsdale and his speech was an issue of Imprimus. One of his contentions:
Four truths are emerging: First, the battle is not between gay rights and religious liberty—although religious liberty is certainly at stake—but between the sexual revolution and Christianity itself. This means that Christians are faced not with allegedly “minor” or “insignificant” theological changes to gain leftist acceptance, but with wholesale changes to the historical doctrines of the church.
has proven to be more true than I thought imaginable and more rapidly so.
There is plenty of evidence for French’s contention, much that predates any of the recent events, but what is occurring is more in the nature of a collapse than a slow “evolution.” In my denomination, the battle for ordination of those openly practicing homosexuality is decades old and thus looks like an evolution. But the collapse is evident in this op-ed from The Telegraph concerning the “re-baptism” of the transgendered.
Should a “transgender” person be allowed a ceremony of “re-baptism” at their local church? That is what a parishioner requested from the Rev Chris Newlands, Vicar of Lancaster.
WOW! – just WOW! As Christopher Howse, the author of the piece points out – these people seem to think of baptism as a naming ceremony of some sort, which reveals a gross misunderstanding of the sacrament, but there is something much deeper at play here. It is a complete reversal of the traditional role of the church. Continue Reading