Monday, January 08, 2007

"Why We Left the Episcopal Church"

"The core issue for us is theological: the intellectual integrity of faith in the modern world. It is thus a matter of faithfulness to the lordship of Jesus, whom we worship and follow. The American Episcopal Church no longer believes the historic, orthodox Christian faith common to all believers. Some leaders expressly deny the central articles of the faith -- saying that traditional theism is "dead," the incarnation is "nonsense," the resurrection of Jesus is a fiction, the understanding of the cross is "a barbarous idea," the Bible is "pure propaganda" and so on. Others simply say the creed as poetry or with their fingers crossed.

It would be easy to parody the "Alice in Wonderland" surrealism of Episcopal leaders openly denying what their faith once believed, celebrating what Christians have gone to the stake to resist -- and still staying on as leaders. But this is a serious matter."

- the full Washington Post piece by the Rev. John Yates and Os Guinness of The Falls Church which recently left the Episcopal Church with 6 other churches in Northern VA.

ht: Justin Taylor


Chris said...

Charismatics in the Episcopal Church? Integrity? Nothing to do with Homosexuality? Give me a break. These guys fairly stink of hubris and self deception.

Travis Brown said...

This article is nonesense. Who are these episcopal leaders who deny the essentials? I only know of one. Spong. There are more than 300 bishops alive today. If 200 or 100 bishops believed this, this would be different. The truth is that the vast majority of the bishops in the Episcopal Church affirm Christian essentials. To say that the American Episcopal Church denies the orthodox faith is dishonest. Our prayer book, Our liturgy are orthodox. We recite the Nicene Creed every Sunday.

We need less schism in the church and more unity. I believe in a generous orthodoxy.