July 22, 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

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

4 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

6 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

10 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…

Fireworks in the South Carolina Trial: Day 8

11 From the ever-informative Press Office of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina—it appears as though the defendants may have pushed Judge Goodstein’s patience too far: DAY EIGHT: DIOCESE OF SC v. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH –…

Abortion Now, Abortion Tomorrow, Abortion Forever

3 In the United States Senate this week, Democrats declared open season on pregnant women. A hearing was held on Senate bill 1696, which has the Orwellian title, “Women’s Health Protection Act.” Introduced in November by…

Getting to Know:  Bishop Julian Dobbs

6 ACNA continues to grow and offer shelter to Anglicans in America so I thought it would be a good thing to find out more about its bishops.  We hear the names but don’t…

How to Divide a Congregation

7 Most people bent on stirring up strife depend on the power of slander; on the willingness of people to believe the worst about others without getting the full story. This was Absalom’s method: “And Absalom…

Trial in South Carolina: Day 7 (UPDATED: TEC Witness Concedes Case)

15 Today only one witness took the stand, an expert on corporate law called by ECUSA and the ECSC. The result may not have been what those parties intended, as explained in this brief summary by…

Senate Stands for Religious Liberty, Left Has Hissy Fit

6 The U.S. Senate refused to stop debate and vote on a bill to overturn the Hobby Lobby decision today, and the usual suspects went ballistic. Apparently the Dark Ages are returning,…

Flashback:  Government Encourages EBT Abuse by Illegals

This article from Red State from 2013 is a stark reminder that the government is encouraging what is happening at our borders - and within.Marino described it as…

Phil Johnson: Is There a Baby in the Charismatic Bathwater?

4 This is, in my view, a superb summary of the deep and significant discernment problems within the Charismatic movement, even among the moderate and reformed charismatics… You are, as…

Matthew 25 responses to the border meltdown - UPDATE

4 Our SF discussion of the problems at the US-Mexico border generated strong but thoughtful positions. While I cringe when people imply that this morning’s lesson,…

Recent Comments

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

A member of the Forward in Faith council, Vice Chair Lindsay Newcombe,  was recently spotted with a rainbow symbol at a London homosexual “Pride” rally. If this is indicative of the Anglo Catholics that have…

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

#2- that was a big surprise to me, too.  9 bishops of TEC were “conciliated” for saying the same thing in a deposition, but now TEC’s own attorneys are saying it in open court.

Cindy T. in TX - Time for Christians to Get Out of Federal Contracting

It might be a good use of time for all rectors, vestries and parishes to consider what their lives would look like if they suddenly had to pay taxes, and (for contributors) to give up…

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

I am beginning to wonder if this is a case where the local diocese legal team (Mr. Tisdale and his company) thought that the 815 legal team would do all the work/pay for everything, and…

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

Hey MichaelA . . . I’m interested in what could be done while within the COE. I’m with you—if people want to leave the COE that’s fine.  But what can done within the COE? I…

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

MichaelA, Your post is encouraging to me about the folks in England. It reminds me of the new growth that arises following a fire in the wilderness.

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

Hi Ed the Roman, A few of the things that have been going on: (a) withholding financial contributions to diocese or province, as per my post to Fr Dale above; (b) getting ordinands ordained by…

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

Surely, someone on the TEC legal team is intelligent and experienced enough to know that this seems to be a foolish strategy - unless they have some sort of mysterious hidden agenda. I’m also amazed…

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

Hi Fr Dale, many in CofE have been withholding funds from the use of the hierarchy for years, whether by simple refusal to pay or setting up trust funds.  The ones I have heard about…

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

Could competent attorneys possibly think they could claim “bias” on appeal?  Or is it possible that they actually thought their seemingly endless delaying tactics would work, and so failed to prepare adequately for trial?  815…

Ed the Roman - Dr. Al Mohler on Church of England Decision to Ordain Women Bishops

Correct me if I’m wrong, but the CoE really is hierarchical, isn’t it? What could they possibly do if they stay?

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

MichaelA, “I pray that the orthodox Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics in CofE do not continue to allow themselves to be used in this way.” What should they do?

Timothy Fountain - Time for Christians to Get Out of Federal Contracting

Isn’t TEC’s budget heavily dependent upon Federal refugee resettlement program money?  I seem to recall some research on their budget shenanigans that teased out that info.

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

“... the Constitution of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia, which calls for a proportional representation of dioceses based on their numbers of clergy” Yep, a great encouragement to plant churches.  You…

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

I think one of the factors that has made a difference is the seminaries.  Moore Theological College in Sydney turns out more ministers than Dio Sydney needs (around 300 full-time undergraduate students at any one…

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

“Yes, there is another pattern to recognize — evangelicals have the growth and the cash, just not the votes. The talk about mutual flourishing is really an argument to remain in the church and keep…