July 25, 2014

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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


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

BREAKING: Welby names Tory Baucum as “Canterbury Preacher”

At Stand Firm we suspect there may be some who will question Tory’s “commitment to the present day reformation” given his willingness to affirm Johnston’s ministry. It will be viewed by them as a compromised commitment.

Walking and Talking

Let it be a small reminder of how hostile the world is to the Gospel, and a small reminder of what you’ve signed up for when you agreed to take up your cross. The world - in this case represented by gay activists and the media who kowtow to them - hates you. They hate your family, they hate your values, and they especially hate this Jesus.

Night Thoughts Away from Home during Christmas Season

I share readily in the town’s festive mood, smiling at perfect strangers and wishing them all “Merry Christmas.” What is it about Christmas that brings out the best in friends and strangers alike?

Grafton Appointment Exposes Massive Differences in the Anglican Church in Australia

Questioning Charismaticism

If Charismaticism is true, God speaks through tongues, words of knowledge, and prophecy, to guide the church but does not give the church an objective measure for determining whether in fact he is speaking.

Rumor Control

There are times when I feel like Andrews, the prison warden in Alien 3. Every now and then, he would call the prisoners together and say, “This is Rumor Control. Here are the facts.” Something like that is needed here and now, given the hysteria in Washington.

Facebook: Purveyor of Hate

I am normally a big advocate of free speech. I can’t stand college speech codes, and the political correctness culture that demands a pound of flesh when someone violates its taboos drives me crazy. I’m all for calling out nonsense and even hate, but I have no use for silencing idiots and bigots. Let the marketplace of ideas consign stupidity and prejudice to the garbage cans and sewers where they belong. Then there’s Facebook.

Sex and Jihad – the Failure of Modern Hermeneutics

In the case of the Bible and sex it ignores both what Jesus has to say and what explanatory resolution He brings to the deep question of the relationship between Old and New Testament. In the case of the Qu’ran there is not even the slightest evidence of an attempt to grapple with the Medina/Mecca question nor to explain the “sword verses”. Instead all we get is the recurrent mantra of “Islam is a religion of peace” despite the quite obvious Qu’ranic and historical evidence to the contrary.

The Week

[Bumped: How to give to Quincy] Quincy Funds Frozen Again; Defense Fund Needs Help

8 As I explained in this earlier post, the Anglican Diocese of Quincy was successful in obtaining a judgment that it had sole title to its bank accounts and real property. The Episcopal Diocese of…

Why Are We Held Accountable for Adam’s Sin?

1 I was recently asked the question in the title of this post by a parishioner and I thought it might be helpful to post my response here: 1. The idea of corporate participation in the…

BREAKING:  Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

11 NOTE from Jackie:  Allan is still travelling and will comment on this as soon as he can.  I am posting a small excerpt from the decision but it can be read

South Carolina Trial Day 13: the Truth Will Out

4 Today Bishop Lawrence and his Diocese finally had their opportunity to rebut all of the historical distortions and propaganda that ECUSA and its Potemkin village in South Carolina have introduced in their efforts to muddy…

South Carolina Trial: Day 12 - Judge Refuses to Be Distracted

28 Here is the account of Day 12’s proceedings from the Dioccesan Press Office: DAY 12: DIOCESE OF SC v. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH TEC USES BISHOP vonROSENBERG TO AGAIN CLAIM…

Your Tax Dollars Bring the Hurt

2 We all know that tax money is used to fund lots of stupid stuff. Research grants to look into the sexual behavior of cocaine-addicted Japanese quail, National Science Foundation funds going to…

South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

9 Day 11 of the trial in South Carolina was for the most part occupied with ECUSA’s repeated attempts to insist upon irrelevancies, rather than meet the case against it on the merits. Here is the…

Man No One Listens To Keeps Talking

Olav Fykse Tveit, the general secretary of some inconsequential religious organization in Geneva, weighs in again on the conflict in the Gaza Strip: The World Council of Churches is deeply saddened and…

Your tax dollars AND church offerings at work in TEC

4 Four years ago, SF blogger Allan Haley dug into The Episcopal Church [TEC] denominational budget on his Anglican Curmudgeon blog.  It wasn’t pretty.  He teased out the out-of-budget millions devoted to lawsuit perpetuation. …

Trial in South Carolina: Day 10 - ECUSA’s Witness again Barred from Rendering Undisclosed Opinions

18 Why are ECUSA and its attorneys so incapable of following the rules? Could it be that the lawlessness of 815, as aided and abetted by its attorneys, has now infected ECUSA’s ability to present a…

Time for Christians to Get Out of Federal Contracting

8 This morning, President Obama declared that he couldn’t give a rip about the services that various religious organizations from Catholic Charities to World Vision provide to the people of the United States through their contracts…

Islam in the News:  Threatening Christians and Cutting off Hands

12 Two articles in the news caught my eye this morning.  Waiting on the outcry from the libs.  Christians were fleeing Iraq’s jihadist-held city of Mosul en masse on Friday after…

Dr. Al Mohler on Church of England Decision to Ordain Women Bishops

12 Dr. Al Mohler has, once again, hit the nail on the head in his recent article on the approval of women bishops in the Church of England. This is the kind…

“Women Priests in their Sights”? - or “liberals in Australia running scared”

5 A fascinating article by Muriel Porter in various papers yesterday in response to the recent General Synods in both Australia and the Church of England (where they voted to allow women bishops): …

Trial in South Carolina: Day 9 - a Day of Contradictions

4 Today’s trial session was a short one that adjourned for the weekend at 12:45 pm. Once again the accounts from the opposing sides vary widely, and it will require some editorial comment to bridge the…

Recent Comments

ToAllTheWorld - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

TEC’s strategy has obviously been to wear the local dioceses down by sustaining a lengthy legal process which they figure they can afford and the local dioceses cannot.  Except for California where they managed to…

carl+ - Why Are We Held Accountable for Adam's Sin?

Matt, Very clear and succinct. Thanks

Jackie - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

Who could have a dispute with us?  We are kind, gentle and dolphin like.  I know this because Sarah reminds us often. 

tjmcmahon - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

I was figuring not, I haven’t seen her post a comment for quite a while.  Didn’t she have some sort of falling out with you folks a few years ago?

Jackie - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

Wait -  you don’t think KJS is getting her updates from SF?

tjmcmahon - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

Jackie, I would not want to be DBB this afternoon when he calls KJS with the weekly update on progress on the legal front. They do get off on the wrong foot in many of…

Jackie - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

Dear Illinois Judge, I don’t know if you have heard how mean the S.C. judge has been to us lately.  It sure would be a pick me up if you could see your way clear…

tjmcmahon - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

Sorry about that.  Mr. Haley responded while I was writing, and of course I defer to his opinion.  And also apologize about all the “etc.‘s”  It’s just that the TEC strategy of trying to delay…

tjmcmahon - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

#2- I would suggest that if the last 10 years have taught us anything, we can assume that there are several lawyers running around Illinois at this moment on behalf of 815 trying to find…

A. S. Haley - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

The decision will have to become final first, Jeff. Once that happens, the stay will be lifted. I will have to query my Illinois co-counsel about the effect of any appeal to the Illinois Supreme…

Jeff Walton - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

So are the diocesan accounts now un-frozen? My understanding was that TEC was able to have them frozen again soon after the district court ruled.

tjmcmahon - BREAKING: Appellate Court Affirms Lower Court Decision in Qunicy Appeal

While I assume that TEC will now try to appeal the appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, that opinion appears just as complete and well written as Judge Ortbal’s original opinion from the trial.  Will…

Sarah - South Carolina Trial: Day 12 - Judge Refuses to Be Distracted

Folks—we don’t post links to the blogs of histrionic irrational revisionist activists here at StandFirm—they get very very little traffic and SF gets a ton of traffic—so please don’t do that. Thanks.

SpongJohn SquarePantheist - Your Tax Dollars Bring the Hurt

Socialism: forcing you to fund garbage you wouldn’t even accept for free otherwise.

evan miller - South Carolina Trial Day 13: the Truth Will Out

Mr. Haley, May I echo MichaelA’s comment at #2 above.  Very grateful for your insights and informative explanations.

Jackie - South Carolina Trial Day 13: the Truth Will Out

Bishop Lawrence will be preparing to take the stand in a little while.  Let’s give him some prayer cover.