November 02, 2006

New Anglican Head Beyond Heresy

When the Anglican Church in the United States announced the appointment of Katharine Jefferts-Schori there were audible gasps of shock heard throughout the convention hall.
This week, those gasps were heard again, and louder. The woman who will be installed as the first female presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church doesn't believe Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
When Schori was elected on the fifth ballot, I predicted her appointment pretty much as a guarantee of future schism within the disunified denomination. Last week, I believe she sealed that eventuality by stating that Jesus Christ is not the only way to heaven.
After overcoming my anger at such blasphemous remarks, I realized this is a very good occurrence. The debate no longer revolves around some social hot buttons like abortion, homosexuality, and fornication. The issue is now supremely about Jesus; Immanuel God with us.
According to the Associated Press, Bishop Jefferts-Schori said, "If we insist that we know the one way to God, we've put God in a very small box.” She added that she doesn’t believe that "one person can have the fullness of truth in him or herself." Rather, "Truth is, like God, more than any one person can encompass."
With her statements the head of the Episcopal Church in America has formally revealed that she is an apostate and a heretic. It is not going to fly well, even with the socially left leaning congregants who are ignorant of comprehensive Biblical morality.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form…” Col. 2:8-10

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Already, eight diocese have asked Rowan Williams, the Arch Bishop of Canterbury, to place them under a different leader.

Whether he does or doesn’t shouldn’t matter. It is long past time for God fearing people to abandon this wayward denomination and start looking for one that believes in and teaches Truth.


Blogger PaulTarsus said...

You state in this article: (concerning Katharine Jefferts-Schori's)

''.....I believe she sealed that eventuality by stating that Jesus Christ is not the only way to heaven.
After overcoming my anger at such blasphemous remarks......''

I wholeheartedly agree. I do not think you exagerate in calling this type of remark ''blasphemous''.

In an interview with ABC's Charles Gibson (Oct 26, 2004) President Bush said he believes that both Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

"I think we do. We have different routes of getting to the Almighty," Bush said. "But I want you to understand, I want your listeners to understand, I don't get to get decide who goes to heaven. The Almighty God decides who goes to heaven and I am on my personal walk," he said.

How do these two opinions (beliefs?) differ?

Please don't think that I am being a troublemaker...I ask a legitimate and honest question.

For the record, I am not a ''liberal'' or a Bush basher.
I trust God's Word and believe that ''..there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God..'' (Romans 13:1)

4:00 PM  
Blogger john4woman said...

As a relatively new Christian and a refugee from the secular progressive fever swamp, [since April, 2003],I have found subsequent events in the church unbelievable, and now find it surreal that a person who is basically a Unitarian is the prow decoration on a ship which has lost its moorings.
May God have mercy on us all.

10:27 AM  
Blogger PB said...

Re: paultarsus; certainly one significant difference in what Bush said versus Jefferts-Schori is that Bush is a pilgrim on a faith journey who happens to be the presidnent of the United States not a theologian and not someone to whom we look for answers re: such eternal issues. Jefferts-Schori, by virute of her position, education etc. is expected to know better. I wouldn't want to be in her shoes.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Christopher Brown said...

Pastor Bill,

I am an Episcopal priest, and I entirely agree with your assessment. Those of us in the Episcopal Church who are essentially high church evangelicals are heartsick at the complete capitulation of our Church to spirit of the day. In place of the Gospel we are increasinly seeing little more than a sort of dressed up Unitarianism.

See my piece on this question:

Christopher Brown

11:30 AM  
Blogger PaulTarsus said...

Yes...the blatent and obvious activities of Satan are quite evident, (as well as the heretical beliefs of an apostate.)
Jesus warned us that ''false christs and prophets will arise, and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect''
It is obvious to the true believer that Jeffert-Schoris is a ''false prophet''...
But it is the subtle activities, methodologies, of Satan....(disguises himself as a angel of light) that we often overlook...and the deception can be so great that , if it were possible, ''even the elect'' would be deceived.
I will only trust Christ my Lord for ALL things.

7:35 AM  

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