July 28, 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

Analyzing the Quincy Decision

4 On July 24, 2014 the Illinois Appellate Court for the Fourth District filed its opinion in the appeal taken by the Episcopal Church (USA) from a judgment entered against it by the Hon.…

Bow to the god of Gay, Or Else

10 Several years ago, Jonah Goldberg wrote a book with the title Liberal Fascism, and it of course enraged people on the left end of the political spectrum.…

LGBT Activist Threatens to Blackmail CoE Bishops

12 Not sure about the UK but here in the USA it would be called blackmail.Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has put together a list of Anglican bishops he believes…

South Carolina Trial Ends: Day 14

6 The final day of the trial in South Carolina ended with the testimony of Bishop Mark Lawrence. He expounded on his continuous efforts to keep the Diocese from being forced out of the Church—efforts which,…

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

14 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?

3 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

14 The decision can be read in its entirety here.  An examination of the evidence reveals nothing to demonstrate an express trust, an implied trust, or any other interest vested in…

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…

Recent Comments

Qalam96 - WCC Predictably Blames Israel

The Church has elaborated a doctrine of “just war” that provides a framework within which violent force may be used as a means of self-defence. The 1992 Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church provides a…

B. Hunter - Bow to the god of Gay, Or Else

“Tolerance” at it’s finest…

B. Hunter - Analyzing the Quincy Decision

Not to add fuel to the fire, but once the assets are unfrozen should Quincy do something about the illegal manner in which they were frozen in the first place?  Someone ought to be in…

AndrewA - Updates From LaLa Land

Correction, not “you” but the quoted article.

AndrewA - Updates From LaLa Land

You forgot Libya.

David Keller - Analyzing the Quincy Decision

Lawyer Haley, Assuming the Court of Appeals denies re-hearing is an appeal to the Supreme Court in Illinois a matter of right or on a petetion for cert.?

tjmcmahon - LGBT Activist Threatens to Blackmail CoE Bishops

The point of Mr. Thatchell’s exercise is not to blackmail the gay bishops of the CoE, but to blackmail those who are not.  Either go along with his program, or he will cause even more…

DaveW - Bow to the god of Gay, Or Else

If I’m not mistaken, don’t the Muslims rather frown on LGBTs?  Good luck with that, Jeff.  From what I’ve heard, those guys play hardball.

Undergroundpewster - Analyzing the Quincy Decision

As clear and simple as it sounds to this humble pewsitter, most of those sitting around me in the pews just don’t get it. I guess the spinmeisters at the top of the Episcopal conglomeration…

SC blu cat lady - Analyzing the Quincy Decision

Thanks for this excellent analysis! I surely hope this decision is made official soon that the Diocese of Quincy can have access to its own funds once again. It has been a major financial strain…

Sarah - "Women Priests in their Sights"? - or "liberals in Australia running scared"

“The jury is still out, but the most likely scenario is that around Australia now, the number of conservative clergy either directly from Sydney Diocese or with Sydney sympathies has grown apace in a number…

SC blu cat lady - South Carolina Trial Ends: Day 14

Ralph, I don’t know about the TEC diocese of Chicago but here TECSC has already received large loans from TEC so they can operate. They do have some larger parishes so they should be asking…

Ralph - South Carolina Trial Ends: Day 14

Bishop Ackerman has said elsewhere, “Litigation is the antithesis of evangelization, and is not one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.” In the context of these cases, it seems to be a gift of…

MichaelA - LGBT Activist Threatens to Blackmail CoE Bishops

I have trouble stifling yawns when reading this. There are about 100 active bishops in the CofE at any one time.  If there are indeed some who are living in same sex relationships, then by…

A. S. Haley - South Carolina Trial Ends: Day 14

We are still negotiating the form of a final judgment, Michael D. Until judgment is entered, there can be no appeal. Both TEC and the trial judge did not see any need to change anything…

Michael D - South Carolina Trial Ends: Day 14

Dr. Haley, Is there any news on the Fresno case?  I understand that TEC had to address your questions by June 15th.  Did you see their response? Thanks