A Study in How to Be the Church Jesus Is Building and How Not

You may or may not know that your blog host here spent 33 years in the Episcopal Church (TEC). From the Episcopal Church I have numerous fond and transforming remembrances of many of Christ’s bondservants I came to know and love and by whom I was influenced, most often in positive and sometimes profound ways.

From 2003 to 2009 (the latter year being my time of departure), TEC willfully took a path oriented to relativism, proclamation of different gospels (see II Corinthians 11:3-4 and Galatians 1:6-9, for example ), abandonment or specious reworking of vast sections of Holy Scripture (an unbiblical hermeneutic resulting), evisceration of the mission of the church to go and make disciples, and a whole host of other actions that demonstrate the truth of Richard Niebuhr’s critique of the so-called liberal gospel: “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.”

My breaking point came slowly and after much prayer and not a little separation anxiety. Thanks be to God for PEARUSA!

I must note that I know a good number of parishioners and clergy still in TEC who by grace have maintained their Christian orthodoxy and witness despite the increasingly negative  and pernicious actions and influences of the relativist revisionists in positions of power within TEC and its governing structures.

When thinking upon the dominical declaration (ref. Matthew 16:13-19) of the Chief Architect, Foundation, and Bridegroom of the ecclesia,  οἰκοδομήσω μου τὴν ἐκκλησίαν, I will build my church, it makes me blanch to apprehend how far afield TEC has walked away.

With that sad picture in view, I share a link to a timely article that ought to warn us all about making untenable compromises when it comes to matters  concerning the faith once delivered to the saints.

Hie thee hence, praying before during and after reading.

Grace, mercy, and peace be multiplied to you and yours this Advent season,

Michael+

 

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