In part the CCC-APD states that "Courage is needed to refute those who would call evil good and good evil. The example and teaching of the Lord Jesus and His apostles show clearly that false teachers are to be exposed and refuted so that the Church is protected (Acts 20:28-31; Romans 16:17-18; Titus 1:9; 2 Peter 2:1-3). In an age that tolerates everything but the truth, courage is needed to speak the truth in love in an uncompromising manner."
The CCC-APD continues with "The Bible provides a clear and consistent teaching in opposition to homosexuality. . .
Contrary to popularized agendas, the Bible and those who have officially taught Christianity throughout the ages have recognized the sinfulness of homosexuality. The interpretations of such teachers as Athenagorus, Tertullian, Origen, Cyprian, Lactantius, Eusebius, Athanasius, Chrysostom, and Augustine are unanimous. . ."
Now That is a fine example true Christian cooperation (I avoid the "E word").
The letters "St." normally appear in front of some of the names in the previous paragraph, but now is not the time to quibble.
Also the use of the letters CCC-APD is just local to this post.
Kudos to Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted for his moral courage in calling for nine Roman Catholic priests to remove their names from a pro-homosexual document.
In a day of sexual anarchy Bishop Olmsted is standing upon the sure foundations of ancient Christendom.
Modern-day revisionist tendencies among certain clergy are founded not upon the text of Holy Scripture but upon the shifting whims of what is currently culturally acceptable.
It should be noted, as well, that Protestants have not been silent about the pro-homosexual declarations circulating about.
A document titled Courage, Clarity, and Charity," which endorses the traditional viewpoint of the Christian church on homosexuality, has been signed by 248 Phoenix church leaders representing 144 churches and organizations.
Please see www.phoenixdeclaration.org for more details. -
Richard J. Klaus, Phoenix
The writer is a co-author of "Courage, Clarity, and Charity," and an elder at Emmanuel Covenant Church.
[To avoid confusion, remember that both groups use the words "Phoenix Declaration".]