It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. And, to be frank, this picture troubled me so much I am reluctant to post it. But here is Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson pictured in his full ecclesial regalia with his "life partner," Mark Andrew.
My reluctance aside, the picture speaks volumes to the question of church discipline and what happens when a church becomes so apostate that its leaders actually relish in the very sinful behavior that they been charged with confronting (both theologically and pastorally).
This is why we believe that discipline is a mark of a true church, and this is the sad and tragic end of that dreaded "slippery slope."