July 4, 2015

Features

The Episcopal Church: Undermining the USA from Within (and Betraying Christians)

The Episcopal Church is complicit in a Government program to bring in Muslim refugees from Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, because the Government pays it for them—but its largesse does not extend to Christian refugees.

[Bumped] Promises, Promises: What Now for the Loyal Opposition in Mississippi?

The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is on an irreversible path toward full-on celebration and normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism, and any other deviant sexual cause that becomes fashionable among the theological leftists who run the diocese.

Can Rolling Stone get us past the UVA rape of faith to the historical UVA rape?

I harp on Rolling Stone’s UVA rape myth because the irony of an Easter retraction is just too rich.  Journalists used the Christian celebration, one they flippantly discount as myth, as cover for their own lying.  But it’s just one example.

The Drunken Joy Ride of Emotion

Our desires and emotions are to be treated with extreme skepticism. Do not lead with them. I am not at all saying “don’t feel them” or “all emotional experience is bad.” Not at all. This is not Vulcan Christianity or stoicism.

Islamic Atrocities, the “Narrative of Redemption” and Christmas

The events in Sydney over the last 24 hours have not ruined Christmas. Nothing can ruin Christmas - for the coming of Jesus into the World is greater than any other event. If anything, the deaths of 3 people in the Lindt Café only serves to demonstrate just how wonderful and necessary Christmas is.

[Bumped For Very Obvious Reasons] 8.5 Things I Rejoice In This Post-Election Day

5) This isn’t the Episcopal Church. Our country is far juster, far more interested in the rule of law, far more stable, far more popular, far less vicious, and far more conservative. It is completely within our power as conservatives—with God’s help—to transform this country’s political landscape if we so choose. It will be very hard and very long. The next two years will be appallingly painful. Every week or month, we’ll be reminded of the judgement of God—and our challenge will be not to get angry, or despairing, or inactive, but rather to humble ourselves all over again, repent, acknowledge the horrible consequences of our compromises, corruption, passivity, and loss of principle, and continue turning away from the wrong path and seeking the right one.

Restarting the Game: Archbishop Welby Attempts To Hit The Reset Button

It’s not a question of “how will the Communion divide”—that division, albeit internal, has already occurred.  The further question is not “how can we all live together in the midst of our profound disagreements” but is rather “what is to be done with the Provinces which have engaged in intrinsically communion-dividing actions?”

Got Ice Water?

The idea that we shouldn’t be able to indulge in something silly like the ice-water challenge because millions of African children are dying of thirst, says nothing about the wastefulness of Americans, and everything about the utter inability of Africa to take care of itself.

The utilitarian unity of burning at the stake and abortion

The Church thought it was sparing heretics eternal torment by burning them at the stake.  Abortionists tell us they are sparing people from miserable earthly lives.  Both ways, “It’s for their own good.”

Truro Rebirth Credited to Relationship Between the Rev. Baucum and Bishop Johnston

Waypoints

After more than ten years on the front lines of the Anglican wars, I have made a major change. This past Easter vigil, my family and I were confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church.

Is the Creed “the” Sufficient Standard of Orthodoxy?

The Creeds themselves, then, require obedience to Jesus Christ as the One Lord over all things. To profess the Creed but reject the word of God as revealed in the scriptures regarding marriage and sexuality is incoherent.

Stand Firm is 10 Years Old Today

In true Tom Sawyer fence-whitewashing style, I have minions who keep the site humming, while I sit in the shade chewing a blade of grass and complimenting them on their fine efforts.

Three Excuses for Bishop Salmon’s Inexcusable Invitation

Can you imagine what Paul might say to this kind of hair splitting? The Galatians respond to Paul’s letter: “Dear Paul, you wrote that the Judaizers are accursed and eternally condemned and that we ought not to listen to them because they teach a gospel that damns…but how about we let them preach to our pastors in training?

60 Theses on Real Integrity in the Anglican Church

The refusal to affirm a truth (particularly when it is a truth about God) is often just another way of denying it, but without taking responsibility for your denial. This is therefore a double dishonesty which only compounds the deceit.

“How am I gonna be an optimist about this?”

A modern city provides the visual for words evoking the historic catastrophe.  It can happen again, and that isn’t just a function of natural cycles.  There are moral and even supernatural forces in play.  There’s always a sense that Pompeii had it coming.  It’s like Sodom and Gomorrah for folks who don’t want to admit to that Old Testament God stuff.

A Declaration of Principles for Reconciliation

There are only two words to be spoken to false teachers: “repent” and “recant” along with the assurance that forgiveness and warm welcome await those who heed the call. We will not take part in the indaba process which results only in providing false teachings and false teachers with equal footing and equal voice alongside the teachings of Christ through his apostles

The Week

Happy Independence Day

Happy July 4. 

Apologia

13 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

Good News for July 4: Oregon Repeals First Amendment (UPDATED)

2 It’s not enough that Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein have been fined $135,000 for the “emotional distress” they inflicted on a pair of wilting lesbian flowers. The state, in the person…

The All Evil Oreo

17 Isn’t it strange that the progressives don’t care if our young kill their unborn, have sex with any number of individuals or allow filth to pour forth from their mouths but what they eat -…

Then and Now

7 Old and busted: By history and tradition the definition and regulation of marriage has been treated as being within the authority and realm of the separate States….The significance of state responsibilities for the definition and…

Multiple Partner Marriages Coming to a Courthouse Near You?

8 That didn’t take long.  “We’ll have to deny that, let me go grab the other supervisor real quick so I can get confirmation but as far as I’m aware you…

Poetic Justice for the Bishop of Los Angeles

11 Bishop J. Jon Bruno of Los Angeles, he of the forkèd tongue, has finally met with a degree of poetic justice worthy of his nefarious aims. I have previously reported in these pages

The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

33 These are the bishops—as nearly as we can tell—who voted no to TEC’s announcing that marriage is now gender-neutral. I’ve tried to divide them by categories [ie, Diocesans, Province 9, etc.] Just a reminder—we…

A Little #lovewins Fun

7 I’ve been having some fun tonight. Feel free to share with others…

Episcopal Church service celebrates language of sexual misconduct

9 Once upon a time, in fact, still today on paper, the Episcopal Church argued for healthy boundaries to prevent sexual abuse of adults and children, and to preserve the holiness…

Bishop Martins at GC: “the Episcopal Church has, today, effectively redefined marriage”

26 I am very proud of the few conservatives who are deputies at General Convention—they do what they can, even while they watch the church commit seppuku. Having been there for two conventions it is exceedingly…

It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!

15 Well, that didn’t take long. On Sunday, less than 48 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court imposed same-sex marriage on all 50 states, one of the most prominent religion journalists in the country called for…

Five Predictions About Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry

25 1) Over a nine-year period, conservative and moderate Episcopalians will eventually recognize that, like the current Presiding Bishop, Bishop Curry does not share our faith or commitments or most basic values or foundational worldview. As…

A Psalm for Today

2 When contemplating current events, it helps me to remember King Solomon’s contention that there is nothing new under the sun.  In fact, Ecclesiastes contains on of my

Here’s an oasis in the midst of all the crazy bad news

5 The crazy bad news is real.  Stand Firm is all over it, both in the church and in the world. For whatever reason (and I’m not asking or analyzing, just giving thanks and praise), God’s…

Recent Comments

tjmcmahon - Apologia

Allan, Thank you for all you have done for all of us, and prayers for you and your family during what must be a very difficult time. I reached the same conclusion several years ago,…

Capt. Father Warren - Apologia

As a former cradle Episcopalian, I can concur that the decision to leave the “church”, and renounce Holy Orders, was gut wrenching.  I recently went back to the Anglo-Catholic parish which raised me up to…

Jackie - The All Evil Oreo

If you opened the link, you will see a U.S. reference to a similar act.  Calling oneself a conservative does not one a conservative.  Case in point - The majority leadership in the House and…

Warren M - Apologia

Allan, having grown up in your same diocese (St. Luke’s in Auburn), it is very sad to see what has happened to a once orthodox diocese in recent years.  Bishop Noel Porter, then Clarence Hayden…

Kay - Apologia

Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Dear Curmudgeon, God’s blessings be upon you as you obey Him. Your explanations of various events and actions have been most helpful over the…

Dick Mitchell - Apologia

Allan, even though you may no longer call yourself an “Episcopalian,” I do hope you will still consider yourself an Anglican, and remain enmeshed with the Anglican world—and maintain your presence in the blogosphere and…

SC blu cat lady - Bishop Martins at GC: "the Episcopal Church has, today, effectively redefined marriage"

Comoxpastor. Oddly I never typed it that way. Why it was changed? I don’t know. Anyway, the video is out there on You tube. It is not difficult to find.

Boring Bloke - The All Evil Oreo

One more note to #13. It just occurred to me that you seem to be making the no true Scotsman fallacy. Your argument seems to be (correct me if I have misunderstood): 1) No true…

Boring Bloke - The All Evil Oreo

#11 Don’t forget the numerous biblical injunctions against gluttony. Encouraging healthy eating is good. What was proposed in the original post, however, is not the way to do it. It attacks only the symptoms (using…

Boring Bloke - The All Evil Oreo

#13, no, the no true Scotsman fallacy is when you treat something accidental to a definition as being essential to it. So, for example, “No true Scotsman is a liar”, is a fallacy, since there…

Undergroundpewster - Apologia

Allan, It has been an honor and privilege to have had you beside me as a virtual presence (and in the flesh as well)  as I watched my diocese and parish walk away from the…

driver8 - Apologia

There are surely many things to say and I just want to say one thing. Thank you. I’ve greatly enjoyed your curmudgeonly provocations and been edified and educated by them. Thank you.

TheVicar - Apologia

Julia in VA - We left what was then called ECUSA in 1980, after the disastrous institution of the so-called “Book of Common Prayer” of 1979.  We found a Parish of the Anglican Catholic Church…

watt - Apologia

I am in a somewhat similar situation (the main differences being: relatively recent Episcopalian, in an orthodox diocese as well as parish).  But, as with Mr. Haley, I don’t see how I can remain a…

Blue Cat Man - Apologia

Please know that you, your family, and your parish are in our prayers May God be with you and yours during this time. Christ’s blessings.

Tegularius - The All Evil Oreo

Only if one abandons any idea of words having substantive meanings does it make sense to use the word “progressives” to mean “the leadership of the Conservative Party”. The “no true Scotsman” fallacy: basically, arguing…