Perhaps it’s not so odd that I’ve been seeing parallels between the Episcopal Church and various “end of the world” stories recently - what we are witnessing IS a small world ending, and these things seem to move in an almost choreographed way.
The thoughts were motivated by a piece written by Doug LeBlanc on the survival of conservativism in The Episcopal Church.
They’re the words of a person who hasn’t yet realized that he’s at war. The wistful hope still persists that somehow conservatives can negotiate a little safe space for themselves. Like dogs that roll over and show their bellies, they think that such a display of helplessness will convince the other side that they have nothing to fear, and so will treat them humanely. This misunderstands the relationship between left and right, and good and evil in the Episcopal Church.
The good doctor does not quibble about calling them as she sees them.
The sterile evil that now controls the Episcopal Church will never willingly allow Christian belief to remain unmolested. Conservatives who think that they can negotiate some sort of truce, or even a ghetto existence within the larger, demon-possessed church, are deluding themselves. As C.S. Lewis wrote, the sort of “agreement” these people come up with consists of saying “Oh, you can believe what you want, as long as you do it alone,” and then they mutter under their breath, “and we’ll see to it that you’re NEVER alone.” It’s in their nature to try to eradicate every voice that answers their lies with the truth, because they rightly sense that it is the only way that they can survive.
So who is right? Is there a way for conservatives to forge a place for themselves within The Episcopal Church as Doug LeBlanc believes or will they be crushed under the weight of evil and compromise as Dr. Mabuse surmises?
As much as the Anglican way is engraved on my heart, I just don’t see compromise as God’s call to the faithful. It is gut-wrenching to see The Episcopal Church’s continued abandonment of the faith. Like it or not, I’m in this battle and can’t walk away until I get released by the One who called me. You see, I have never doubted God will intervene in this battle and cleanse and renew this once great church. Our bishops who have not abandoned the foundations of the faith might do well to remember that many things bring about cleansing. And the result is sometimes ashes.
You can read the entire article at The Kraalspace.