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Devastating the Witness

Charles Colson

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Charles Colson on the moral decline of mainstream Christianity.

This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley.

Baroness Caroline Cox, a member of the English House of Lords, is a great advocate for the persecuted Church. Not long ago she traveled into southern Sudan, bringing supplies and a Catholic priest. The Muslim government was systematically repressing the Church there, and many Christians had disappeared. Others lived in a primitive camp with barely enough food to survive.

At great personal risk, the priest had brought bread and wine. In that sweltering African savannah, even as the bodies of many were being broken and the blood of many was being shed in the neighboring province, this flock celebrated the sacrament of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Now go halfway around the globe to another congregation gathered to worship at Denver's Plymouth Congregational Church. Before the service, the pastor made a startling announcement. He was gay, he said, and was therefore terminating his twenty-five-year marriage.

How did church members respond? They enthusiastically applauded their minister. One commentator could not help asking: Would the church members have applauded if the reverend had announced he was dumping his wife to marry a twenty-year-old woman? I doubt it. Why, then, the enthusiastic support for his homosexuality?



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