THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
has been very successful in infiltrating Christian churches
and radically changing them for the worse. The Protestant
denominational churches are no longer Christian. It starts
small but plunges the church into the slippery slope of the
culture of death. The progression is: contraception, to divorce,
to abortion, to same-sex unions, to transgenderism. Inevitably
this seeps into the church itself and infects clergy and religious.
Then you have homosexual predator priests, celebration of
gay Masses, abortion-supporting nuns, and blessing of same-sex
latter is already in the Catholic Church. Our Church is infested
by liberals, progressives and modernists. Their focus is on
humanism rather than authentic Christian spirituality. Our
Church too has lost a lot of Catholics. Her witness has been
severely damaged, and her mission compromised.
have a lot of work to do.
To Kill A Church In Just A Few Easy Steps
Episcopal Church announced this week that it would be removing
the words "man," "woman," and "procreation"
from its marriage liturgy. Of course, the Episcopalians have
long since removed Christ from their liturgy, so this latest
move is no surprise.
refer to them as the Episcopal Church only loosely. They are
a church in the same way that the Church of Satan is a church.
They are an anti-church. Rather
than a body of Christian believers, they are a body of self-worshiping
heretics. And a very small body at that.
has been skidding into oblivion for decades now. They lost
over 30% of their members during the '90s. In this century,
they’ve been losing about 2% a year. Today there are
fewer Episcopalians in America than Jews or Mormons. This
is significant because the latter groups have always been
relatively small minorities in America, while the
Episcopal church was once the largest church in the nation.
It’s been all downhill since then.
happened? You can easily track
the church’s stunning decline over the past several
decades and see that it corresponds to the church’s
shedding of Christian orthodoxy in favor of liberal orthodoxy.
It began, as always, with the embracing of birth control and
divorce. Then they moved to the ordination of women. Then
it was a straight line to the ordination of openly gay clergy
and the approval of same sex marriage. Now
there is nothing surprising about seeing a feminist Episcopal
priest blessing an abortion clinic or a transgender priest
leading a service in a church adorned with rainbow flags.
And it is even less surprising to look around the church and
notice that nobody is sitting in the pews.
would they come and sit in the pews? What would be the point?
The message of liberal Christianity is: "You’re
perfectly fine exactly the way you are. Everything you’re
doing is acceptable. Make no changes. Keep up the great work!"
A weak person may be happy to hear that message, but they
need not hear it twice. They need not come back for it week
after week. They need only receive the affirmation and then
continue along living just as they were before. Just as lost,
just as confused, just as hopeless. The Episcopal Church,
like any worldly church, has already given all it has to offer
which is nothing at all.
a person wants worldliness, they can go literally anywhere
to get it. If they want lectures on diversity and inclusion,
they can stop by the Human Resources office at work, or maybe
have a chat with a public school guidance counselor. If they
want encouragement to continue in their sin, Satan is happy
to use a whole variety of methods to communicate that encouragement.
And most of those methods will be far more entertaining and
enjoyable than anything the crusty old Episcopal Church can
if a person wants to pursue something higher; if he wants
to be rescued from the dreariness of modern culture; if he
wants to find his real and transcendent identity; if he wants
to be challenged; if he wants meaning, then he has even less
reason to turn to Episcopalianism or any similar variety of
Christianity. It is not substantial enough. It is not different
enough. It is not saying enough. It is not asking enough of
is the great secret that "progressive"
and "inclusive" Christian leaders are too high on
the fumes of humanism to notice or understand.
Religions grow when they expect more of their adherents, not
less. Religions thrive when they provide a lifestyle that
is radically different from the dull, hollow lifestyle provided
by the world. People turn to religion for identity. And if
all they find is more of the same, more of what caused them
to go looking in the first place, they will not be converted.
If a church wants to grow (and,
more importantly, if it wants to save souls), it must have
the boldness to completely and entirely reject the teachings
of the world and preach instead the teachings of Christ.
Episcopal Church has something to teach all Christians, it
turns out. Look to them to learn how churches become irrelevant
and useless. But whatever you do, don’t
look to them to learn theology.
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