“For every century in the life of the Church, there have been places of persecution. In many instances, the persecution has included terrible, physical violence and even martyrdom. Rather than the world evolving into a more and more mellow environment, the persecution has actually accelerated. In the twentieth century, more Christians were martyred than in the previous nineteen centuries put together! Hopes that the world would mature and come to a more civilized and gracious demeanor have certainly not been realized. Increasingly, as the realities of Christendom have faded into a memory, there have been a number of forces assaulting Christians: Secularism, Radical Islam, and Paganism.”

Much, much more here. Must read material!

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+

 

Error on a Deliberately Epic Scale

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.”

Much, much, much more here. Hie thee hence! Pray!

The Problem with Liberal Protestantism

The Problem with Liberal Protestantism

“The problem with liberal Protestantism is that, if you are willing to alter the tenets of your Faith to meet transient social changes, then – in the final analysis – how real do you actually believe that Faith is? Real things tend to be intrinsically determined. You can’t make water out of hydrogen and chlorine; you can’t barbecue a deer and decide that it’s broccoli; you can’t jump off a cliff and not hit the bottom because you’ve decided to revise your views on gravity. True religion, in service to an objectively real God, is the same way. It is what it is, and no amount of ‘reappraising’ will change it into something else however much we try to convince ourselves otherwise.”