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Bishop Curry Not Faithful

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Bishop Michael Curry is an engaging communicator. This is evident from his Royal Wedding sermon and, more recently, his sermon at Christ Church Cathedral on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE). But more important than being engaging, a preacher of God’s word must be faithful to God’s word. Sadly, by this more important measurement, Bishop Curry falls far short.

Although Bishop Curry preached from two very different texts (1 John 4:7-8 for the Royal Wedding and 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 for the UBE service), on both occasions he preached the same message: Love is the way. And without any distinction, Bishop Curry called everyone to live out the love expressed in 1 John 4:7-8 and 2 Corinthians 5:14-17, which is an impossibility; because only those who have been born of God can love that way. Let me explain.

The personal pronouns “we” and “us” are frequently used in the New Testament letters. And the mistake many people make in reading the New Testament letters is this: They take the pronouns “we” and “us” and apply them universally to the whole world. But in 1 John 4:7-8 and 2 Corinthians 5:14-17, “we” and “us” refer exclusively to those who belong to Christ — those who have been born again. And not everyone belongs to Christ because not everyone has been born again.

Bishop Curry made this mistake when he universalised the ability to fulfill God’s command to love in both his Royal Wedding and UBE service sermons. For example, in his Royal Wedding sermon, he quoted these words from 1 John 4:7-8: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God, and those who love are born of God and know God. Those who do not love do not know God. For God is love.”

Bishop Curry then went on to talk about love in such an unbiblical way that many unbelievers, including the United Kingdom’s former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, an atheist, raved about his sermon and praised him for it. Why? Because Bishop Curry gave the false impression that even unbelievers are capable of the love that God commands. But before we can truly love one another, we must truly love God. And we will only truly love God when we truly know God. And we will only truly know God when we are born of God, which is a work of the Holy Spirit.

In both of his “love is the way” sermons, if Bishop Curry had pointed out that only those who are born of God can live out the love that God’s word calls for, instead of unbelievers raving about his sermons and praising him for them, many would have criticised his sermons and reviled him for them.

But more troubling than universalising the ability to love as God commands, Bishop Curry is not a faithful minister of God’s word because he supports and promotes what God’s word condemns and prohibits: homosexual marriage. Many Christians who are impressed with Bishop Curry’s “love is the way” sermons are unaware of this. And many are also unaware that the Episcopal Church of the USA, which Bishop Curry heads, is under sanction from the Anglican Communion for allowing its clergy to perform homosexual weddings. And, undoubtedly, many are unaware that Bishop Curry and the Episcopal church remain unrepentant and have recently gone further in their apostasy by removing the terms “husband” and “wife”, as well as references to “procreation”, from their marriage liturgy.

Yet, God’s word remains unchanged. Hebrews 13:4 says, “Let marriage be held in honour among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (ESV). Clearly, Bishop Curry and others like him do not believe God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous, so they support homosexual marriage.

No doubt, Bishop Curry will continue to tell everyone that love is the way. And he will continue to be engaging; but he will also continue to be unfaithful. And this is because the love that Bishop Curry promotes is a love that hates what God loves and loves what God hates.

May the Lord grant his people discernment and courage to reject unfaithful preachers, whoever they are, including those who are engaging.

PASTOR CEDRIC MOSS

Nassau,

July 31, 2018.

Comments

realitycheck242 1 year, 4 months ago

Interesting. Thank you very much for the Enlightenment Pastor

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themessenger 1 year, 4 months ago

Envy is a also a sin Pastor Moss and, as usual, it didn't take very long for your homophobic algae to float to the surface.

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Pastor_Cedric_Moss 1 year, 4 months ago

Themessenger, why would I envy an unfaithful man like Bishop Curry? If I were to envy a minister, there are many faithful ministers to choose from, who, from a worldly point of view, are far more successful than Bishop Curry. The Episcopal Church of the USA is losing churches and members by the droves because of its unfaithfulness, and Bishop Curry is presiding over the whole debacle and mired up to his eyeballs in litigation. It is a dying denomination. Google it. I pity Bishop Curry; I don't envy him. And concerning your "homophobic algae" comment, I'm not surprised that you are reviling me for being faithful to what Scripture says about human sexuality. But you are ultimately calling those parts of God's word that condemn homosexual conduct "homophobic algae." So, your fight is with God, not with me. And if you have a hint of who God really is, you would humble yourself, cover your mouth, and repent.

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seamphony 1 year, 4 months ago

in next week's letters to the editor, the pastor will enlighten us on how the gay people made the earth round when it's supposed to be flat.

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themessenger 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you for your holier than thou observations Pastor Moss, I have also in the past observed with interest yours and some of your holier colleagues position when it comes to the LGBT community at large and women's rights in this country as well. Timothy 2:11-12 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. Right up your alley.........................

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CatIslandBoy 1 year, 4 months ago

This "holier than thou" Pastor seems to have a "boner" for anyone who is in any way supportive of certain persons or positions. I seldom see/hear him confronting the many other "sins" that have engulfed our nations. Why would he judge Bishop Curry? If you are truly a Man of God, pray for Bishop Curry,, and others who you think might be running afoul of God's holy Word. I hate Pulpiteers who are only so quick to condemn others. I have yet to see in the Scriptures where Jesus taught us to go out and judge, then condemn sinners.

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birdiestrachan 1 year, 4 months ago

I love Bishop Curry. Because he knows God Loves Gay People, He loves those who dance half naked at carnivals. Let us begin with love and leave the judgement to Jesus who died for sinners

Here is a first.

I agree with catislandboy,

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hrysippus 1 year, 4 months ago

Birdie, I with you on this one. It is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven. I would like to know how much ex-banker cedric possesses in the various bank accounts that he controls. Hatred and intolerance based on religious beliefs is nothing new, I just thank God that these people no longer have the power to burn other people at the stake like they used to.

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joeblow 1 year, 4 months ago

The biggest mistake the author made was to use the word unfaithful! In a country where unfaithfulness in all things is the national past time, both encouraged and condoned, I suspect some corns were mashed based on the fact that most responses were not about the message, but were directed to the messenger!

Whenever you claim to represent a group, organization or a particular set of beliefs, you cannot be considered true (faithful) to the ideals if you deviate from them in a major way! I believe that was the point of the article.

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geostorm 1 year, 4 months ago

You can say what you want about the Pastor, it still does not change God's word. It is true, and remains the same yesterday, today and forever. You can not contradict God's word. There are consequences whether you believe it or not.

SELAH.

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