Over in another thread, Bruce Garner, progressive activist in TEC, and member of All Saints, Atlanta, has made this claim:
“Every Sunday we hear a Gospel-grounded and based sermon that gives us the nourishment we need for the coming week.”
Here’s the Easter sermon from this year, preached by All Saint’s rector, an excerpt of which is posted below:
First let me clear the decks a bit. What we are professing is that something happened at the end and immediately after Jesus’ life that changed everything for his friends. That ‘something’ goes beyond mourning and beyond grief and beyond the impulse that would try and wrest meaning from a senseless death like setting up a memorial of some sort. We have received stories that were written down some eighty years or so after the fact and which seek to embody and make accessible that unutterably strange ‘something’ that happened. Later still come creeds which are more like the bare bones outline of the whole story of Jesus, rather than a series of dodgy propositions to which we have to give intellectual assent without crossing our fingers.
We refer to this ‘something’ that happened to change everything as ‘resurrection’ and we know little to nothing about any events that gave rise to the proclamation that something happened all those years ago which changes everything for us. This ‘something’ is called ‘resurrection’ and we don’t have to take the stories of Jesus’ appearances as factual accounts of what happened; this in spite of the fact that some Christians insist that we do just that if we want to be in their pre-modern club, an invitation which I, for one, happily decline. We don’t have to understand the stories as factual accounts of anything in order to grasp the truth that God’s grace changes everything.
We don’t need any further evidence, of course. We’ve had four years of evidence, examples, direct quotes, actions, and discussions already articulated and nicely laid out for all to see via blogland.
But this is just a reminder that when Bruce Garner speaks of “the Gospel” he is speaking of nothing even remotely approaching the historic faith on which Christians around the world base their hope and their life.
All of those words—“gospel,” “resurrection,” “salvation,” “divinity,” “sin,” “redemption,” “Christ,”—are “written in water” for progressive activist Episcopalians, and when they use them they cynically re-define and manipulate their meanings into something utterly opposing to the Christian gospel.
Mutually opposing definitions of the same words.
Mutually opposing foundational worldviews.
Mutually opposing values and practices.
Two different gospels, both antithetical to one another. Residing in one organization—the Episcopal Church.
It’s gonna be an interesting series of decades.