Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Polity as idol, again

Again from The Living Church article

The Presiding Bishop said some members of the House of Bishops are convinced that the leaders of other provinces of the Anglican Communion do not understand the polity of The Episcopal Church. Archbishop Williams and the primates’ standing committee should come and “hear from us about concerns around polity issues, how this church is governed, that we do not make decisions lightly or easily, but after lengthy conversation and deliberation through a very reasoned process,” she said.

Or it could be that they understand it better than they think, and recognize that it is not working, bringing about teaching and polity that contrary to Scripture! The unconverted having a vote over matters of doctrine is certainly not a positive attribute...and I am not just talking about General Convention.

There has to be a mininum standard of what the Church believes - that being Scripture as the Church throughout the ages has understood them....not committing the sin of chronolotry - making the modern times the idol!