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
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
It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!
8 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
9 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…
Trouble Ahead for US Churches?
20 The Supreme Court is an anomaly. It is neither “Supreme” (since it can overrule itself at any time that five justices think differently, and also can be overruled by statute or constitutional amendment) nor—after yesterday’s…
From One Clergy Deputy to General Convention
14 The below is from a clergy deputy to The Episcopal Church’s General Convention, which is ongoing over the coming 7 days—on the table will be approval of a number of blasphemous acts that lead people…
It Begins 3: ACLU Gets Out of Civil Liberties Business
9 The American Civil Liberties Union was once a stalwart supporter of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because it wanted to protect the freedoms of minority believers. Now that it might be used to…
Bristol Palin pregnant out of wedlock again
3 Bristol Palin has manipulated pro-life people to cover for a promiscuous, self centered life style. Her behavior exemplifies the “cafeteria…
Twitter exchange over rainbow White House
6 The tweet of the rainbow lit White House, with the “Love wins” hashtag, led me to point out that the state can’t define love. Really, it can’t. It can sanction contracts, but it can’t define…
It Begins 2: Obama Calls for Dissenters to Get With the Program
13 The body of historical marriage wasn’t cold yet when President Obama took to the bully pulpit to let those of us who dissent from the New Sexual Orthodoxy™ know that expects us to get in…
It Begins: Clinton Advisor Refuses to Comment on Church Tax Exemptions
5 A top advisor to a potential next president of the United States, Karen Finney, was asked today about the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. She was asked whether churches that refuse to perform same…
No Surprises: Supremes Discover Constitutional Right for One Minority Sexual Attraction to “Marry”
27 . . . Just as the Supremes discovered a Constitutional right for mothers to murder their babies in the womb, forcing all states to comply with this amazingly invisible Constitutional right. My first, middle, and…
[CofE] Buckinghamshire Anglo-Catholic Clergy join Evangelicals in Protesting against Bp Alan Wilson
2 Four prominent Anglo-Catholic clergy in the Buckinghamshire region of Oxford Diocese have joined their evangelical colleagues in speaking out against Bishop Alan Wilson. Anglo Catholic clergy in Buckingham Area join evangelicals in objecting…
What Is the Antonym for “Humility”?
11 The self-congratulation and mirror-gazing that typify the recent General Conventions of the Episcopal Church (USA) have begun. Try this claim on for size: If we live and act together as a vibrant and diverse body,…
Bishop Brewer Resigns from the Board of TSM
4 This is excellent news. Some of you may remember that Bishop Brewer intervened on behalf of a gay couple who wanted to have their child baptized at the diocesan cathedral. I…
Roland - Rachel Dolezal, Bruce Jenner, and the End of Reality
The progressive mind has been formed to interpret every conflict in terms of a struggle for freedom against oppression. It might be obvious to us that this framework is not applicable to every conflict, but…
Sarah - Five Predictions About Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry
RE: “which I take as a subtle though perhaps unintended sign that the center of gravity in North American Anglicanism has shifted or, at least, that there is less interest among SF bloggers and readers…
ToAllTheWorld - Five Predictions About Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry
Very well said, Sarah—and I concur with your (not pessimism, but) realism. Out of curiosity, I know that in years past, several, if not all, of the Stand Firm bloggers attended the General Convention and…
Katherine - It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!
What if all non-profits lost tax deductibility? Consider the delight of the Tides Foundation and the Clinton Foundation not being able to get before-tax dollars. It would kill the entire Clinton money-laundering scheme.
Katherine - Five Predictions About Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry
What happened here under Curry, as Sarah points out, is that the church did not grow along with the population. We just had our first service in our new 1928 parish church building, starting with…
Words Matter - It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!
I feel much better about this guy. Here is been thinking he was an anti-religious bigot, while in reality, he’s just - can I say “stupid” on this site? - no? Then I’ll settle for…
Calhoun - Five Predictions About Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry
I am glad to see you are as Watchful as you. And after what went on in Charleston,SC we had definitely learn how to watch as well as pray. Which brings to that very…
rwkachur - It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!
In fairness, he’s talking about removing taxes from all the groups. I can imagine the cries from TEC and others going, “Hey, wait. We were on YOUR side.” This is a general animus towards religion…
timmysdaman - It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!
A potentially different route of discussion: what would happen if ALL churches lost non profit status, rather than just the ones holding the traditional views on marriage? I think it would be rough for traditional…
Pb - Trouble Ahead for US Churches?
Agree. There should be no need for a license since marriage is a basic constitutional right. You do not have to get a license to exercise free speech. The church would not be operating under…
Jim the Puritan - Trouble Ahead for US Churches?
#16—I think to a certain extent churches should be planning for “going underground,” that is, setting up house churches in addition to the official “Sunday” church. A lesson was learned from the Marxist takeovers of…
pendennis88 - It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!
This is an idea that has been kicking around for some time, so not surprising it gets reopened. Up to this point, the focus has largely been whether large foundations like the Carnegie, Ford, Rockefeller…
Undergroundpewster - It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!
“...countries that truly care about poverty don’t rely on churches to run soup kitchens.” Au contraire, A country that truly cared about the poor would have more churches running more soup kitchens.
Jim the Puritan - Trouble Ahead for US Churches?
We have been going through this here because of civil unions and same sex marriage. My firm has already defended against two complaints demanding to use church properties for same-sex weddings or receptions. We got…
James Manley - It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!
To quote Chief Justice John Roberts: “It’s not a penalty; it’s a tax.” Lots of “historic” downtown Episcopal parishes bought their property for nothing 150 years ago and the land is now worth millions. Wait…
observer145 - Five Predictions About Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry
I agree for the most part, Sarah. I do wonder what would have happened with South Carolina under a Griswold/Curry type, but the past is history and nothing to be done about it now. The…