Dean of Washington’s National Cathedral: It’s a Sin to Oppose Homosexuality

National Cathedral Credit Mina EliasWASHINGTON — The dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. claimed during his weekly address this past  Sunday that it is a sin to oppose homosexuality.

The message was part of a weekend tribute to the homosexual youth at the National Cathedral, and a commemoration of the death of Matthew Shepherd, whose slaying sparked the passage of the federal “hate crimes” bill signed into law by Barack Obama in 2009. During his speech, Gary Hall blamed churches across the country for influencing American beliefs about homosexuality.

“We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are. They are sin. Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for whom they love is a sin,” Hall asserted. “Only when all our churches say that clearly and boldly and courageously will our LGBT youth be free to grow up in a culture that totally embraces them fully as they are.”

He proceeded to claim that churches that oppose homosexuality produce a culture that is harmful to children.


“It’s more than tragic—in fact it’s shameful—that faith communities, especially Christian ones, continue to be complicit in putting our children at risk and abetting the attitudes that oppress them, thereby encouraging the aggressors who would subject our children to pain, humiliation, and violence,” Hall stated.

In an interview with reporters following the message, Hall said that he believes that “sexual orientation is a gift, and the religious question should be about how they responsibly use that gift.”

However, Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says that Hall’s comments are indicative of a nation that is exemplifying Isaiah 5:20, which rebukes those who state that evil is good, and that good is evil.

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“Gary Hall of the National Cathedral is sinning when he claims that opposition to homosexuality is a sin,” he told Christian News Network. “This is counterfeit Christianity in action—transferring the guilt before God from those who are committing sins (of which homosexuality is one) to those who oppose those sins.”


“Obviously, ‘hating’ homosexuals or being so fearful that you fail to offer the hope of the Gospel to people caught up in homosexual sin is wrong, but that’s not what Hall is talking about here,” LaBarbera continued. “He is ‘redefining Christianity’ and sin itself in a way that flips the truth of the Word of God on its head. … The danger is that this new heretical ‘sin-affirming Christianity’ is spreading in the evangelical Church.”

He noted that many such as Hall do not seek to defend other sexual behaviors that they know are sinful, but single out homosexuality as being somehow exempt from God’s law.

“They are not calling porn addiction a ‘gift from God,’ or preaching against ‘adultery-phobia.’ Once again, it’s only homosexuality—one of the best marketed sins in the history of the world—that is gaining favor in the corrupt Church,” La Barbera lamented. “Genuine Christians need to stand against this heresy and champion the real work of Christ in our culture, such as the many men and women who have left homosexuality behind as born-again believers.”

As previously reported, the National Cathedral pealed its bells this past June for nearly an hour in celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Hall also publicly participated in Washington’s homosexual pride march in 2010.

Photo: Mina Elias

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  • Avanti

    What a lying sack of sin this clown is. I’ll put my faith in the Bible and the God that wrote it.

  • Edward J Navarro

    Mr.Hall you are lost and you need to repent.All those youth you tell that homosexuality is not a sin will go to hell and it’ll be your fault.God hates sin and He hates the “worker of iniquity”(Ps.5:5).Homosexuality is a sin.No homosexual will inherit God’s kingdom.Repent before it’s too late and you end up in the lae of fire…By:Edward

  • Chester

    This “Dean” doesn’t get to declare what is and what isn’t SIN. God Almighty has already done this in his Holy Bible and neither the collared one, America’s idol in Washington, nor anyone else will change one word contained therein.

    Sadly, low information and moreover, low concern Americans will hear the farce from this false prophet and believe it to their own destruction… If one does not like what the Lord has decreed, well, take it up with him for it is with him that we all have to do…

  • Sooooo troubling! How can the Body of Christ offer the true hope of Christ to the people who struggle with such issues, when more and more people in positions of Church “leadership” are preaching such APOSTASY!

    I whole-heartedly agree with Peter LaBarbara on this.

  • Sad truth but it must be told, None of you are true Christians, mostly right winged anti immigration and sadly lost. Your Jesus wouldn’t even like you if he where here on Earth today, he would say none of you knew him or his beliefs. Do any of you poor excuses for Christianity know what Jesus said in Matthew 19:11-12? I suggest you all learn it very quickly…

    “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.” (Matthew 19:11-12)

    • James Ellison

      I agree I am no true Christian. I cannot speak for others. But I do not understand why you reference this passage and why immigration policy is part of a discussion about homosexual behaviour.

  • James J. Grimes

    God is not the problem in the lives of those who act out or support others’ deviant behavior. SIN is their problem. Declaring sin not to be sin, making excuses for sin, or pumping out hate speech against those who show that God hates sin is, according to GOD’S WORD, sin itself. We use labels to describe this – heresy, apostasy, delusion, and culpability.

    The bottom line is, sin greatly displeases God and those who seek to justify their sin will have to answer to Him. They don’t have to answer to me or anyone else in this life, but God will provide the justice they deserve.

    Then again, those who have cast the Bible out of their lives because it convicts them of their sin, nothing that I will say will have any impact on them. They need to be left to their sinful lifestyles and just hope that collectively, they don’t have a negative impact on this country and its culture.

  • Irla

    Sodomy used to be illegal in the U.S. Now we call it marriage and it’s ok. Love and sex are not the same. The word homosexual, has the word sex in it, not love. You can love someone of the same sex, but once a male sodomizes another male, that is sex and only sex. How could it be love, if you know you both may eventually die if you continue. How can it be love, if you have just hurt the other person. Love is God. And God is not involved in hurting people.

    It hurts me to see young boys aged 14 and 15, saying they are homosexual, knowing some man took advantage of them. You can be attracted to another man, but is an attraction love? I think not. Men have adulterous affairs with women, is this love? I think not. Call the men by their correct name, SODOMIZERS. Maybe young boys will think twice about doing this to other boys.

  • Steven Hunter

    If I’m not mistaken, the National Cathedral is an Episcopalian church and thus belongs to an ecclesial body which has simply lapsed out of the Christian faith altogether and fallen fully prey to the spirit of the world. This full-on embrace of homosexuality is merely yet another sign that the Episcopalians, far from being a Christian community, are openly contemptuous of God, His Church, and the Holy Scriptures. The attempt to justify and even celebrate what God has called abomination is the attempt to usurp the Throne of God. For these people, the Christian religion is merely a social construct and not something founded upon God’s revelation in Christ Jesus.

    As for the specific comments of Mr. Hall, they are as fatuous and unlettered as they are void of any theological or moral vision. The assertion, for example, that a culture which reinforces sexual mores rooted in Christian moral teaching is somehow damaging to children is a blanket condemnation of the entire history of Western civilization. How an educated man (even one as pitiably confused as Mr. Hall) could make such a statement is testament to the blinding influence of modern culture. Hall is theologically and philosophically illiterate, historically ignorant, and culturally brainwashed.

    And make no mistake — this will not abate. The homosexual agenda is ascendant, not only in the halls of political and religious power but in our education system as well. The effort is well underway in many states to subvert traditional understandings of sexual ethics, gender roles, and so on, and they are going after children at increasingly younger ages. The time will come when merely preaching the Gospel will be considered a “hate crime” and punished under federal law. I hope the churches (the real ones, that is) are prepared.

  • Impressive looking shirt Mr. Hall. Nice Church too. You just need to write Ichabod over the door.

  • If modern christianity had not taken onto its self the responsibility of condemning everyone, we may have not come to this clash. The modern church has also taken on the job of the Holy Spirit, thinking they need to convict the world of its sin. The job of the Real Church is to manifest the character of Christ to a dying world and nothing more. We were commanded to make disciples and not converts.

    I had a group show up at my church. They told me they had heard that my church was well know for its worship. They asked me to teach them how to worship. They added they were homosexuals. I said,”Sure I’ll teach you”. I never once addressed who they were. To me they were Christians who were seeking a closer walk with God. It was not my job to condemn or judge. My job was to bring them closer to God through worship. Three months later they came back to and told me God had spoken to the group through prophecy during worship and told them they needed to change their lives around. That’s how its supposed to work when we obey God and let Christ live through us.

    Oh! And yes! The guy at the cathedral is anti-Christ without a doubt, but no more anti-Christ than most modern churches.