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People Leaving America’s Episcopal Church “in Droves”
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Dr. Alan Cairns

According to the Bishop of Fort Worth, the Right Reverend Jack Iker, "faithful people" are leaving The Episcopal Church (TEC) "in droves." Iker's own diocese is in the process of leaving and is seeking to realign itself with the conservative Anglican Province of the Southern Cone in South America. Already the Diocese of San Joaquin became the first full diocese to secede when it severed its ties with TEC in December, 2007. The prospect of the Diocese of Forth Worth finalizing its withdrawal later his year was too much for TEC's Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori. When Archbishop Gregory Venables, head of the province of Southern Cone, received an invitation from Iker to visit his diocese and speak in a number of churches, Jefferts Schori wrote him a scorching letter. She alleged that if he accepted the invitation he would bring further discord into TEC and told him that his visit would be "an unprecedented and unwarranted invasion of, and meddling in, the internal affairs of this province."

Now remember why all this is happening. Control of TEC has fallen into the hands of theological radicals. Those radicals have decided that they are going to force their acceptance of homosexuality on the entire denomination, come what may. TEC is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the entire body is being wracked by this dispute. The best the Archbishop of Canterbury and his advisers can come up with is a proposal for a patched up compromise that allows "conservatives" to align themselves under bishops of their liking while doing nothing to rein in the madness of the pro-homosexual lobby. TEC could not wait for such a proposal to work its way through the system and went ahead with the "consecration" of the openly homosexual Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson. It would take more than the vain mumblings of an Episcopal Archbishop to "consecrate" or make holy what God's word declares to be an abomination that condemns those who practice it to destruction. But the TEC arrogantly places itself above the word of God. It has made a sodomite a bishop, no matter what the Bible may have to say against it. So it appears that TEC is willing to rip itself apart in the cause of allowing homosexual deviants into the ranks of its clergy.

One must be glad that some churches and dioceses are willing to separate on this issue. And yet we must be careful here. These "conservatives" are not necessarily down the line Bible believers. They may be conservative on the homosexual issue but, for example, ecumenical or rationalistic in matters of Christian theology. Many "conservative" Anglicans are very admiring of Rome with all its false doctrine. Indeed, many of them share Rome's faith in the blasphemous Mass-claimed by its proponents to be an actual sacrifice of Christ for the sins of the living and the dead and described by the Anglican Church's Thirty Nine Articles of Religion to be a "blasphemous fable and dangerous deceit." I am glad that some men are willing to separate from apostate denominations on moral grounds. I would be a whole lot happier if they were willing to take the same stand because of fundamental departures by those denominations from the "faith once delivered to the saints."

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