Philip and the Eunch
Church, Pt. Loma, San Diego preached the Sunday before last:
"I was shocked, shocked! to read Acts this morning and realize that
Philip took unilateral action to include an outcast eunuch (Acts
8.26-40). Who in the world authorized him to circumvent Deuteronomy
23 which excludes men with genital disfigurement? Did he check with
the rest of the apostles? Was there a council? Were there thirty
years of discussion? Was there a vote by orders?
"Apparently not. There was water nearby and so, violating the
scriptures and without an authorized liturgy for the purification of
the permanently outcast, Philip just baptized the eunuch. In the
same passage in Deuteronomy, the children of illicit marriages are
excluded to the tenth generation. No purification or restoration is
possible for that. Who changed that and was it done unilaterally too?
"A shocking Sunday morning. Like Jesus told old Nicodemus, the Holy
Spirit just blows around, willy-nilly. Hasn't HS heard about councils
and reception and making sure everyone is on board with these kinds
of massive changes?
"Who is in charge of informing the Holy Spirit on proper Anglican