A “church” that preaches and blesses blasphemy cannot be a church. Nor can any Christian be a member of it.
The religious organization that styles itself “The Episcopal ‘Church’” now preaches and blesses blasphemy against Christ our Savior. Therefore it cannot be a Christian church. And I can no longer — though I grew up in it, and belonged for over sixty-five years — be a member.
The personal tragedy is that the parish church in which I grew up, and which I still attended as an Episcopalian, is as true to the faith once delivered as could be. Its rector and associate rector are both orthodox; one deacon has served for more than forty years. My heart grieves for what they will be going through over the next five years.
Many of the parishioners are close and long-time friends. They are simply unaware of what took place at the General Convention in Salt Lake City, and they will probably never hear of it. They will continue to come, Sunday after Sunday, and worship as they always have. And I may even join them — but now as a visitor.
I not only have to resign my membership; I have to resign my position as parish Chancellor, as well. I cannot remain in the former while the leadership and most of the bishops (including the one who heads my former diocese, as well as the resigned one who used to head it) are endorsing blasphemy. And I cannot remain in the latter position as that same leadership, aided by all those 129 bishops who voted for the Satanic rites, trample the Constitution and Canons and mock the Book of Common Prayer.
My own knowledge of the Constitution and canons, together with my knowledge of what actually happened in Salt Lake City, compels me to these decisions. The regular parishioners, totally unaware of what has taken place, will continue to draw salt and light from the worship services at Trinity. It is not my role to disturb their faith in the least; because they cannot endorse that of which they are unaware. And most of them, I feel sure, would be astonished by any claim that their faithful attendance was meant to endorse anything but the traditional orthodoxy they have always enjoyed in their church.
So while Trinity remains a church, the diocese of which it is a member, and the national organization of which the diocese is a member, do not. They have become a support group for the Zeitgeist, rather than for the Heilige Geist, and are now lost, truly lost.
Their paths will eventually diverge. They have to, for as Scripture teaches us, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” When that time comes, it could be very painful for my old parish. But if I am still around, I will assist them to the best of my ability to reach a safe harbor.
It would be suicidal of the bishop to try to force Trinity to adopt his blasphemous liturgies and blessings. He would end up with a largely empty building, and would lose about 10% -12% of his annual pledges. He knows this, I believe. But he himself may have to put his own cathedral chair on the line, when what he voted for in Salt Lake City becomes (as it must, in a few more years) mandatory. He has sown the wind, and will reap the whirlwind.
The Episcopal Organization first wrecked the Anglican Communion over gaydom, and now it has wrecked itself with blasphemy in the service of gaydom. Quite a track record for just a mere twelve years. I shall not shed any tears over it — it has become like a stranger to me. But I will still fight it in the courts, to the bitter end. If it be granted to vanquish such a dragon, the victory will be Christ’s, not mine. And meanwhile I shall do my best to keep from harm those who have for so long put their trust in me.
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