June 21, 2006

Anglicans Elect First Woman Bishop To Lead Denomination

Well the Anglican Church in the United States took another gigantic step toward what I predict will be an inevitable split within the 2.3 million-member denomination. The Episcopal General Convention elected Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to head the already disunified denomination.
Schori was elected on the fifth ballot and according to an A.P. report, gasps of shock were heard as her name was announced. In a denomination that has been fractured since the appointment of openly homosexual Bishop Gene Robinson, Schori’s appointment is pretty much a guarantee of future schism in view of her support of Robinson’s appointment.
Prior to Robinson’s selection there had not been an appointment of an active Sodomite in the four and a half century history of the denomination. In the past, the Episcopal Church was much more rooted in the inspired, infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God. Today, there is a significant sector of the Episcopal Church—as evident by their latest election—who believe the Bible is just a nice little book with some pithy stories.
As you can well imagine, feminists hailed the selection of Schori, as an important step “toward achieving gender equality.” That’s odd, I thought the purpose in selecting the leader of a church was to safeguard the truth of God’s Word and to see to it that the work of Christ on Earth—to seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10) be continued.
Silly me; if you’re a majority Anglican, the most important consideration today is that sexual perversion--as the Bible unambiguously calls homosexuality--should be sanctified and solemnized.
It is noteworthy that the overwhelming voices heard on Schori’s appointment were all ecstatic and all female. Why is that important?

Pardon me for sounding like a chauvinist here but I didn’t make the rules. Paul, empowered by the Holy Spirit, wrote to Timothy, saying “I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression. (1 Tim. 2:12-14)

The proscription against female leadership have spiritual authority goes back to what happened at Eden. I don’t fully understand it nor even like it; I have known many, many, women who are eminently better suited and qualified to lead than men. But the Bible teaches that when Eve fell for the schemes of the serpent, there was a sort of susceptibility to spiritual deceit that disqualifies a woman from having such ultimate (in a sense) spiritual authority. Like I say, I don’t have to like that, but I do have to abide by it.

If you’re a faithful Anglican the appointment of Schori is horrible news. At any rate, the beat goes on, and the Lord will not be mocked. It will all come out in the wash, one of these days.


Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

This issue of the anglican communion splitting is yet another excellent proof in real life of why the church needs to be One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. Without any final authority over issues of faith and morals and how to interpret the Bible, history will repeat itself again and again as the churches have been doing since 1517. It's Deja Vu all Over again

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Blogger Pastor Bill said...

Two lines of thought here; first, if by One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church you mean that "The Church" should be united under one leader--the Pope--I beg to differ. You don't have holiness or unity in the church of Rome universally.

Second--we DO have One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church; it is called the Universal Church, the Bride fo Christ and the Body of Christ on Earth but it will not be perfected until Jesus returns to take His bride home.

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