The church does err. Especially, it has done so when it blithely ignores Jesus Messiah’s commission to teach disciples to “observe all I have commanded you”. Here in the 21st century, I believe I’m being charitable with the adverb blithely. In many cases the word premeditatedly is more apt. My blood runs cold when I hear or read church leaders pontificate on the cultural fly on soul deep/salvific principles. Today, there is entirely too much leading astray at the hands of church leaders:
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.” (II Corinthians 11: 3,4 – ESV)
A. S. Haley’s blog, Anglican Curmudgeon, is one that I try to read just about every day. His attentively acute analytical abilities are a joy to behold. He is well able to sift and sort fact from fancy drivel. His grasp of American jurisprudence is vast. Enough about his many gifts.
Recently, Mr. Haley blogged a withering critique of the ecclesiastic liberalism of The Episcopal Church (TEC) as put forth by its current Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori. In the event you may think I’m singling Bishop Jefferts Schori out please allow me a moment.
Although I had been Episcopalian from 1976 to about 2008, I didn’t become aware of its out-of-control death march with post-modern liberalism until 2003. In that year I did a fair amount of historical research. As early as the 1960’s TEC’s ecclesiastical trial courts revealed a growing distaste for church discipline of priests and bishops who steered their flocks away from Biblically proclaimed Christianity and toward culturally defined Christianity.
You will find no better example of the latter than in the statements of the last three presiding bishops of The Episcopal Church: Browning, Griswold, and Jefferts Schori.
Here’s a revealing snippet from Mr. Haley’s blog ( do note how he analyzes Dr. Jefferts Schori’s statements):
Dr. Jefferts Schori: “We’ve insisted that dialogue and conversation is the way to discover and to discern more of God’s truth. It’s hard work, and it does lead to some conflict — that tension I talked about — but it’s creative.”