Thursday, May 04, 2006

Some Church Splits Make Sense

I spent most of last Friday in the company of an Anglican brother. A lifelong Episcopalian, my new acquaintance left the church of his childhood. Or better put, it left him. The Episcopal church in America has steadily marched to the left in recent decades, but never more than in the last few years. The low water mark, or so it was thought, was reached in 2003 with the appointment of the openly homosexual bishop, V. Gene Robinson. This heresy is just one more step in a parade that has already seen the rejection of such staples of orthodoxy as the virgin birth, the divinity of Christ, and the authority and infallibility of scripture.

With the rejection of scripture comes an ala carte approach to morality and church polity. The Primate of the Episcopal Church, Frank Griswold, made this clear in his comments following the election of Robinson when he said that the debate over homosexuals in the church needs to be placed in "a historical perspective":

He said that in biblical times there was no understanding that homosexuality was a natural orientation and not a choice."Discreet acts of homosexuality" were condemned in the Bible because they were acts of lust instead of the "love, forgiveness, grace" of committed same-sex relationships, he said.

"Homosexuality, as we understand it as an orientation, is not mentioned in the Bible," he said. "I think the confirmation of the bishop of New Hampshire is acknowledging what is already a reality in the life of the church and the larger society of which we are a part."

So when Bill's pastor announced his intention to "modernize" their parish by following the diocese in it's progressive thought, Bill and several of his fellow parishioners formed a new church. God bless 'em.

A Minneapolis Star-Tribune report reveals that Bill and company probably made the right choice. California is about to elect a new Episcopal Bishop (itself a redundancy of terms). Three of the candidates are openly homosexual. The march to the left continues, leaving behind it a trail of shattered parishes and broken people. God help 'em.

1 comment:

Beth said...

I'd have to agree with you. *nod nod nod* Good for them for breaking away.