How Dare They

This is an interesting story. I have a good friend who is a member of The Falls Church, which is also the church of choice for the U.S. Attorney General and a few other big shots.

Two of the country’s largest and most historic Episcopal congregations — both in Fairfax County — will vote next week on whether to leave the U.S. church on ideological grounds and affiliate instead with a controversial Nigerian archbishop. The decision could lead to a bitter court battle and the loss of $25 million in property.

Many members of The Falls Church and Truro Church, as well as some conservative leaders around the country, hope a split will establish a legal structure that would make it easier for dozens more like-minded congregations to also depart the national denomination.

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Note that the Nigerian archbishop is “controversial.” Why? Well, because he actually believes Christian doctrines.

This also reminds me of a conversation Christy and I had the other night. It went something like this:

“You know what?,” I asked.

“Chicken butt,” she annoyingly responded as she always does when I begin a conversation with ‘you know what’.

“If any of my children,” I started again ignoring her ‘chicken butt’ remark, “ever decide to reject Christianity, leave the Lord, and become a heretical pagan, I hope to hell they don’t become a Unitarian. Be a Buddhist, be a Muslim, be a Zoroastrian. Heck, even become an Episcopalian. Just don’t become a Unitarian.”

i think she agreed. Evelyn laughed from the back seat.

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  • I’m not really surprised by this. It’s eventually going to happen in every (well, maybe not every) evangelical congregation in the country, as those who believe in luke-warm theology and moral relativism continue to water down the faith.

    It happened in the Presbyterian Church in the 60s and it recently happened in the Baptist Church as well. We effectively have two forms of Christianity in this country now – those who believe in the infallibility and inspired nature of Scripture, and those who believe in only those parts of Scripture that support their own flawed concepts of morality.

  • I just hope my kids turn out to be happy, good people and good citizens.

    That should be enough for any God worthy of worship.

  • Unfortunately, the Bible is pretty clear that being a good person is not good enough for God.

    “For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works…”

    This is actually pretty encouraging considering that the Bible also tells us that no man is capable of being “good enough” for God. And yet despite that, he still offers salvation. That alone makes Him worthy of worship.

  • Accepting your statement on it’s face, your bible says being a good person is not good enough for your God. Frankly, and with respect, if being a good person is not enough I find that God lacking and not worthy of worship.

    This conclusion is also why I left organized religion but still have a strong moral code.

    I look forward to discussing the matter with whatever, if anything, is at the light at the end of the tunnel. 😉