Left-wingers have their knickers in a knot because President Trump visited vandalized and boarded-up St. John’s Episcopal Church Monday night. He held up a Bible hoping to give Americans assurance that he would keep his word to stop the maiming, rioting, violence, vandalism, and killings. Leftists went ballistic—how dare he stand in front of a damaged church and use the Bible as a prop.
But it would be stretching the English language to call St. John’s a church, but then it does have a steeple, so that’s close enough for moderns who don’t believe much of anything.
The Washington diocese bishop Dr. Mariann Budde waxed eloquent in her denunciation of Trump. She opined that his “message [was] antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for.” Budde doesn’t seem to know that her denomination doesn’t stand for anything that might be construed as biblical. She knows that it is a dying group since she is the spiritual leader of 40,500 Episcopalians in 89 churches and 20 schools in D.C. and four Maryland counties. All have been dying for decades.
The Washington Post quoted her saying, “Everything he has said and done is to inflame violence …We need moral leadership, and he’s done everything to divide us, and has just used one of the most sacred symbols of the Judeo-Christian tradition,” leaving her “outraged.” The bishop doesn’t seem to know that the Bible is not a symbol but a Book of instructions—instructions that Episcopal leaders refuse to follow. Moreover, I didn’t realize that preachers in Episcopal Churches had powers to read minds. She’s even made a judgment as to Trump’s motives. Wow, what powers.
Maybe Mariann could use her amazing powers to determine why her denomination and St. John’s, in particular, are dying on the vine. The offerings and the pews are as empty as some of their main spokesmen and women’s heads. Wonder why she is not outraged at the viciously heretical comments made by their foremost leaders.
Famous, long-time leaders have made it clear that they do not believe the Bible is the Word of God; Christ was not virgin-born, did not die a vicarious death, nor have a victorious resurrection. Moreover, sodomy is no longer a vile sin; abortion is no longer murder; fornication is no longer evil; same-sex marriage is no longer an abomination; it is no longer a joke to suggest that a man might become a woman—even have a baby.
At least the church does in public what they teach because Bishop Budde and members of the Cathedral’s LGBT ministry group, among others in the diocese, marched in the 2016 Capital Pride March “to honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.” Hand me a barf bag.
The darling of the Episcopal Church for many years has been John Shelby Spong, who is a theologically corrupt, professed believer. However, he doesn’t believe in much since he is quick to tell anyone who will listen that the “virgin birth…makes Christ’s divinity, as traditionally understood, impossible” or “The view of the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of the world is a barbarian idea based on primitive concepts of God and must be dismissed.” Moreover, to no one’s surprise, he does not believe in the physical resurrection of Christ. Therefore, the most prominent Episcopalian is not a believer.
Why was Spong not found guilty of heresy and removed from the Episcopal denomination? But then, they did put up with Bishop Pike, a long time cultist, who was thrice married, fornicated with his secretary, and died in the Israeli desert while on his honeymoon. Lay Episcopalians must be very broadminded.
How can ordained unbelievers be so unprincipled, so unreasonable, so unethical as to accept generous salaries, benefits, and retirement income from a religious institution and ridicule the Bible upon which those groups are supposed to be founded?
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida Greg Brewer tweeted: “This is blasphemy in real time.” No, what major leaders in the denomination are teaching is blasphemy, but evidently, Greg can’t get his knickers twisted about such things.
Former Dean the Very Rev. Gary R. Hall retired said, ‘No sex before marriage is not realistic.’ He even opened the cathedral for homosexual nuptials! He really jumped into a cauldron of confusion when he opined, ‘It is not only just okay to be gay, straight, bisexual, or transgendered. It is good to be that way because that is the way God has made you.’” Rev. Hall has no knowledge that he has no knowledge, and someone who is unaware that he is unaware is pathetic.
The Rev. Canon Gina Campbell, a divorced female priest, was hired as Canon Precentor of the National Cathedral in September of 2013. In November of 2014, she invited 100 Muslims to say their Friday prayers at the National Cathedral! She said: “This needs to be a world in which all are free to believe and practice and in which we avoid bigotry, Islamophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Christianity and to embrace our humanity and to embrace faith.”
Obviously, the teaching of the National Cathedral is the antithesis to Christ and the Bible when it embraces a vile, vicious, volatile terrorist group like extremist Islam.
Ms. Campbell even had all the crucifixes covered and closed the church to Christian worshipers for four hours. She had armed guards at the church doors to exclude Christians who might want to attend. She even removed the pews so the Muslims would not be offended. She wanted the Muslims to pretend to be in a mosque where they sit and kneel on the floor. When she welcomed the Muslims, she said, “Salaam, shalom, peace, you are all so very welcome here….Let us stretch our hearts and let us seek to deepen mercy for we worship the same God.”
Maybe she worships that god, but I don’t!
The Muslim cleric, with no attempt at being sensitive to the location and the circumstances, responded, “God has no son, that Jesus Christ cannot be his son, and that there is no god like Allah.” It is a wonder the massive cathedral did not fall on his head. Does any sane person think Ms. Campbell will receive a similar invitation to do her thing at the local mosque? Especially if she tells the truth about Islam!
Not even if pigs learn to fly in formation and do backward summersaults over the White House.
One headline tells the story of what’s happening: “Episcopalians Continue Bleeding Members, Attendance at Alarming Rate.” However, it seems the denominational bigwigs haven’t connected the dots. Members are fleeing their churches as if their hair is on fire because of the outrageous, anti-biblical, and leftist positions taken by the leadership.
The denomination’s website says nothing about reaching people for Christ with the Gospel. Conversely, it does boast about their activity on Ash Wednesday of going to the streets, no not with Gospel literature, but to put ashes on the foreheads of people! However, there is no, absolutely no biblical foundation for such a church activity.
There is no Bible support for most of what is going on in mainline denominations: a church hierarchy, massive salaries, special clerical vestments, relics, icons, and involvement in leftist political causes.
Church leaders should not need consistency forced upon them. Their character should require it.
Episcopal clergy make up a nest of vipers far more dangerous than rattlesnakes on the floor of a nursery. At least rattlesnakes, by nature, warn potential victims of danger. False prophets do not.
It might be rude or even crude for me to remind my readers that the Episcopal Church was the major opponent of our War for Independence. More than half of their Colonial ministers left their pulpits in disagreement with our demand for a break with England.
But what can you expect of a church denomination founded by a lustful (he had many mistresses), glutinous King Henry VIII who it was said had “six wives he was wedded. One died, one survived, two divorced, two beheaded.” He broke with the Roman Catholic Church because the Pope refused to give him a divorce from Catherine so he could marry Anne Boleyn.
Not the best reason to start a church group, but when there is no commitment to the authority of the Bible, any reason will do. Maybe Henry wanted to break with the Roman Catholic Church because he failed Latin and would rather be known as a wife-killer, fornicator, and liar than known for being ignorant.
I would rather be known for being ignorant.
(Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives who ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis and wrote columns for USA Today for 8 years. Boys authored 18 books, the most recent Muslim Invasion: The Fuse is Burning! eBook is available here with the printed edition (and other titles) at www.cstnews.com. Follow him on Facebook at Don Boys, Ph.D., and visit his blog. Send a request to DBoysphd@aol.com for a free subscription to his articles, and click here to support his work with a donation.)
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