July 31, 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

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

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

Making Sense of the Trial in South Carolina

In trying to make sense of the trial in South Carolina (which I did not attend, but know only from the reports of those who did), I noted certain pervasive themes. First, the trial was…

Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

30 The man, of course, is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who like so many others in the West is seemingly incapable of discerning a genuine difference between terrorism and…

Giles Fraser, Supporter of Hamas

12 There are many in the Christian world who have rushed to condemn Israel as it defends itself from savages who want to free the Levant of the stain that is Jewish presence. Those condemnations (

How to Divide a Congregation part 2

2 Congregations sometimes divide for legitimate doctrinal reasons. Perhaps the pastor embraces some false teaching or the people, under the influence of false teachers, repudiate good teaching. But it is far more common for congregations to…

Analyzing the Quincy Decision

11 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

12 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 Quincy 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…

Recent Comments

Pageantmaster [Katie bought Welby] - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

The hat was kindly provided by the family of the late Bishop of Peterborough, Ian Cundy.  It is of its time, as is this one. According to the BBC: The vestments’ design is based on…

Katherine - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

At this point, Israel must destroy all of the tunnels, and it must not stop until that task is complete.

St. Nikao - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

That (post)modern mitre leans left figuratively as well.

Katherine - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

evan miller, to continued the admittedly trivial commentary on the mitre, it does tilt distinctly to the left.

Words Matter - Giles Fraser, Supporter of Hamas

#10 -  I heard on the news that 150 kids died building those tunnels.  It just makes my heart hurt.

SC blu cat lady - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

Hey Chris, You are right.However, I find it comforting that ONE person in TEC understands the real situation. I liked this comment from Keith Smith: It is no wonder the Episcopal Church is dying in…

Katherine - Analyzing the Quincy Decision

Thank you, Mr. Haley.  Once the Diocese regains custody of its property it should promptly move its funds to another bank.

St. Nikao - Giles Fraser, Supporter of Hamas

Many of the missiles raining down on Gaza children are Hamas rockets that fell short.  Over 100 Hamas rockets have fallen in Gaza.  Moreover, Hamas frowns on any Gazans leaving their homes when Israel warns…

St. Nikao - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

Not surprised at Welby’s equivocation and equivalence about Israel and Hamas - he’s done the same with the gay and woman bishops issues.  Welby has the wrong moral and theological equations going on all these…

Jill Woodliff - Giles Fraser, Supporter of Hamas

Breitbart reports Hamas is using child labor to build the tunnels, with resulting deaths.

Christopher Johnson - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

Despite their inevitable “denials,” the Piskie Peace Creeps have officially chosen sides: http://epfnational.org/PIN/a-contextual-reflection-on-the-assault-on-gaza/ http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2014/07/30/faith-groups-join-call-arms-embargo-israel/

Fr. David McElrea (formerly farstrider+) - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

Well said, Words Matter; especially these lines: “There is no moral equivalence in this scenario.  All people who suffer deserve our concerns and prayers. They also deserve our discernment.”

A. S. Haley - Analyzing the Quincy Decision

TATW (#8), that’s a good question. I believe the suits were stayed pending the outcome of the appeal, but now that the appellate court has issued its decision, they should be dismissed. Again, the problem…

Words Matter - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

ADaniel - You might have gotten away with “atrocities”.  Most wars include atrocities by most combatants. Therefore, I would, in general, agree that Israeli soldiers, probably with official approval, probably have committed atrocities. The point…

dwstroudmd+ - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

Perhaps the women “bishops” will be able to sort the moral thingy better than Welby.  Based on experiences in the EcUSA, I shouldn’t bet on the vestment angle improving, however.

tjmcmahon - Man in Silly Hat Practices Moral Equivalence

The more things change, the more they stay the same: http://archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.com/2014/07/exodus-ii-persecuted-jews-are-fleeing.html Perhaps the ABoC needs to pay some attention to his own back yard.