Lynchburg, VA â€“ Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Alliance Action and Liberty Counsel, released the following statement today in response to news that Barack Obama has invited openly homosexual Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at an inaugural event on Sunday: â€œItâ€™s a shame that President-elect Obama apparently has so little regard for his Christian constituents that he would give such a high place of honor to a self-styled man of God whose only claim to fame is that he abandoned his wife and children to enter, â€˜loudly and proudly,â€™ a sexually deviant lifestyle expressly condemned by the very Bible heâ€™s ironically called â€˜holy and sacred.â€™
â€œNone of us are without sin; and certainly none are less valuable in Godâ€™s eyes than any other. But Christ did command us to repent of our sins and to â€˜go and sin no more.â€™ Not only has Robinson refused to repent of his homosexual behavior, which is unequivocally condemned throughout both the Old and New Testaments as sexual sin, he has further rebelled against God by leading astray countless of his flock who suffer from similar temptation.
â€œA fancy white robe and tall priestly hat does not a man of God make,â€ continued Barber. â€œRobinson may or may not be a believer as he claims; only he and God know that for sure. But what we do know is this: based upon his frequent association with homosexual anti-Christian hate groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and in light of his ongoing counter-Christian sexual crusade, Gene Robinson is little more than a radical homosexual activist in a clergymanâ€™s clothing. In fact, his heretical rebellion against Godâ€™s express natural order, coupled with his selfish refusal to surrender his pulpit, has almost single handedly devastated the U.S. Episcopal Church,â€ said Barber.
Robinson has indicated he will not use the Bible at the event, saying, â€œWhile that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans. I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer.â€ Barber responded, â€œUnfortunately, Robinson is not especially Christian in much of what he does. After that comment, I wonder if he heard a rooster crow.â€
While addressing his aberrant sexual appetite for men, Robinson said, "I believe in my heart that the church got it wrong about homosexuality.â€ Answered Barber, â€œThatâ€™s why Christ admonishes us to place His word above that which we feel in our hearts. As Scripture warns: â€˜The heart is deceitful above all things.â€™â€
â€œAs Gene Robinson prays for Barack Obama on Sunday, I would encourage all Bible believing Christians to pray for Gene Robinson. Pray for the wife and children he left for a lie. Pray that he will repent, â€˜go and sin no more,â€™ bringing others with him to the salvation only Christ can offer. A salvation we all â€“ our nation and our world â€“ so desperately need.â€