Written on January 08th, 2007 by Shawn Anthony
Why are so many churches around the country severing ties with the Episcopal Church? The Rev. John Yates and Os Guinness answer the question in the Washington Post: 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. Included in the article is a list that is being called “The Five Protested Outrages of Episcopal Revisionism”. The Five Outrages are as follows: 1. Episcopal revisionism abandons the fidelity of faith. 2. Episcopal revisionism negates the authority of faith. 3. Episcopal revisionism severs the continuity of faith. 4. Episcopal revisionism destroys the credibility of faith. 5. Episcopal revisionism obliterates the very identity of faith. I think this statement, though aimed directly at the ECUSA, properly summarizes the condition of all of Mainline Christianity. I pray the Holy Spirit empowers all of those taking such a stand.