Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Why Anglican Bloggers are Around

Our brothers and sisters at Montana Anglican (see "Useful Links" down to the left) picked up on some news about the Episcopal Bishop of Montana. A full report and analysis appears at Stand Firm. Basically, it is another example of a denominational leader claiming that church shrinkage is good and church growth is bad.

What's sad is that the Episcopal Church believes its own propaganda. I used to think that it was just cynical manipulation of information, but I think that TEC is actually in the spiritual snare of the one who wants to destroy them and the whole church.

In New York City (Mecca for Episcopalians), it is revealed that the late Bishop Paul Moore, a leading "liberal" in the church, was a closet homosexual who hooked up with a guy he was supposed to be "counseling." So, it turns out that Moore's advocacy of the gay cause wasn't just a quest for justice, but a case of self-justification and crass self interest. Oh, and sleeping with people you counsel is a maximum betrayal of trust and anything resembling ethics.

And, from Los Angeles, comes this quote from an Episcopal Priest: “There are enough Christians in the world.” She said this to support Hindus who don't want Christians to convert anybody from...well... stuff like this.

Anyway, that's why Anglican bloggers exist. You won't get this news from your parish priest, diocesan newsletters or any of the wretched national church news.

As we heard from Ephesians 5 last Sunday,

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
"Sleeper, awake!Rise from the dead,and Christ will shine on you."

4 comments:

Stushie said...

Amen, Tim. I'm enduring the same stuff in the PCUSA. Thank God we all worship Jesus and not the denominations that we belong to.

God bless you.

May He grant you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed (Psalm 20 v4)

TLF+ said...

God bless you, too, stushie. Ain't just Anglican bloggers shining light in dark places, as your post reminds us all.

May the Lord stand by you to encourage you! (Acts 23:11)

Alice C. Linsley said...

Someone has said that believing our own lies is a sign of madness.

David Handy+ said...

It is often noted by historians that the original 16th century Reformation wouldn't have been possible or succeeded without the invention of the printing press. That technological breakthrough allowed the reformers to get their views widely distributed in ways the church authorities couldn't control.

I think the same kind of thing is happening today. The invention of the internet is similarly allowing the New Reformation of the 21st century to spread as it is doing. And once again the church authorities just can't stop bloggers like yourself from getting the truth out, despite all the distortions and misinformation that they propagate.

Keep up the good work!