Thursday, February 12, 2009

How can Northern Michigan's "Buddhist Bishop" sign the required "Declaration" - and will anybody object to this travesty?

This is what Northern Michigan's lone candidate for Bishop has to say about salvation:

My soul-work has led me to see that the way of Jesus is the way of truth and life. Anointed by the Spirit, Jesus reveals to humanity that the way of God is the path of boundless compassion and of utter regard for all God’s creatures. I remember my astonishment upon first understanding that Jesus realized he was beloved by God at his baptism, and he had not even done anything yet. He had not achieved, changed, perfected, anything. He was loved by God simply because he was God’s child. We are beloved of God as we are, and nothing can ever change this. This is the simple truth so hard for each of us to know in our heart of hearts - at least it has been for me. Our hearts ache to know this love for ourselves. Awareness of belovedness, is, as I see it, the very life blood of the way of Jesus. For me it is sacred salve to the soul – salvific. It is the way of salvation – offering us healing from the fears, anxieties, and greeds of our own blinding egos.

I see now a Jesus who does not raise the bar to salvation, but lowers it so far that it disappears. (From right here, scroll down to page C).

Now, if he is elected (which should be a done deal since he took part in the nominating process and is the only candidate), the Book of Common Prayer will require the following of him (p. 513)

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...the Presiding Bishop requires the following promise from the Bishop‑elect

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, I, Kevin Thew Forrester, chosen Bishop of the Church in Northern Michigan, solemnly declare that I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation; and I do solemnly engage to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church.

The Bishop‑elect then signs the above Declaration in the sight of all present.

How can he affirm a Bible that teaches "things necessary to salvation," when he has replaced it with his own "soul work" and the conclusion that nothing is necessary?

After he crosses his fingers and does whatever a Buddhian/Christist must do to get through public misrepresentation, the following is supposed to take place:

Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, you have heard testimony given that Kevin Thew Forrester has been duly and lawfully elected to be a bishop of the Church of God to serve in the Diocese of Northern Michigan. You have been assured of his suitability and that the Church has approved him for this sacred responsibility. Nevertheless, if any of you know any reason why we should not proceed, let it now be made known.

Will anybody stand up and make an objection to this travesty? More importantly, is there any Christian brother or sister close enough to Kevin Thew Forrester to act on the word from today's Morning readings?

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and that they may escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. (II Timothy 2:24-26)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What's left of the Episcopal Church should just merge with the Unitarian Universalists and call it a day...or maybe a country club.