26 April 2007

The Epsicopal church: In serious need of guidance

Over at the Christian Post, they have an article about the "progressive" factions of the Episcopal church, who are hoping that their denomination doesn't go "backwards" in its beliefs on homosexuality (one area where they are wrong--1st Corinthians 6:9). The head of the Episcopal church in the U.S., a woman (another place where they are wrong--1st Timothy 2:11-12) named Katharine Jefferts Schori, says:
"I don't believe that there is any will in this church to move backward," she told the newspaper on Tuesday. She called the 2003 election "a great blessing."

While the majority of Anglican leaders, mainly on the African continent, say the Episcopal Church has departed from Anglican tradition and scriptural authority, Jefferts Schori believes the rest of the Anglican churches will move in the direction of the Episcopal Church possibly 50 years from now.

"Where the protesters are, in some parts of Africa or in other parts of the Anglican Communion today, is where this church and this society we live in was 50 years ago, and for us to assume that people can move that distance in a year or in a relatively instantaneous manner is perhaps faithless," she told the Globe. "That kind of movement and development has taken us a good deal of pain and energy over 40 or 50 years, and I think we have to make some space so that others can make that journey as well."
Journey? Moving forward? Well, I guess you could call it that. She is setting aside the clear teachings of Scripture, leading Episcopals on a journey that is headed...somewhere. But it ain't in the right direction.
Jeremiah 10:20-21--"My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains. For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered."
Jeremiah 12:10-13--"Many pastors have destroyed My vineyard, they have trodden My portion underfoot; they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness...They have sown wheat but reaped thorns; they have put themselves to pain but do not profit. But be ashamed of your harvest because of the fierce anger of the Lord."
Jeremiah 23:1--"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD."
2nd Timothy 4:2-5--"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."

So, are we Christians to believe the word of GOD, or a group of people who do not endure sound doctrine, who follow after their own lusts, who appeal to our itching ears, and who scatter the flocks of GOD? I don't know about you, but for me the choice is crystal clear.

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