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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Monday, June 29, 2009

Rector's Rambling about the upcoming General Convention

Over the next three weeks things will be particularly hard for us as Traditional Anglicans in the Episcopal Church and at times embarrassing.

Every three years The Episcopal Church in the United States meets in a legislative gathering called The General Convention.

The reason this will be hard and embarrassing is that in recent decades the General Convention has gone from being a divinely inspired work of Church administration and legislation to a gathering of special interests groups that have chipped away at the foundations of the Church and her biblical moorings.

The idea of a Church electing delegates to represent each diocese and to have a bi-cameral house with bishops as well as clergy and laity was deeply inspired by the new government formed for the nascent United States. The understanding is that although there may be differences in ‘churchmanship’ (differences in how we worship), there was an understanding that all involved in that convention believed that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that they held a common understanding that the Bible is the Word of God and contains all things necessary for salvation.

Unfortunately in recent decades more and more clergy and laity, elected to be deputies, as well as some bishops, have deviated from that common understanding and belief. And as successive triennial gatherings occurred more and more deviations from “the faith once delivered to the saints” were legislated in or out of effect. Deviations to the biblically sound teaching of the Book of Common Prayer, deviations to the Sacrament of Ordination and now the attempt to redefine Matrimony has put the Episcopal Church outside of the Christian doctrines as the Church has received it!

A few General Conventions ago we printed up bumper stickers proclaiming that “Many Episcopalians still believe the Bible is true”. This was a small attempt to let other Christians know that even though there were going to hear many horrible things about the Episcopal Church from the secular media as they covered the General Convention, in fact there are many in the Church who still believe in THE FAITH.

PRAY, PRAY, PRAY FOR THE CHURCH that she may return to The Faith as has been revealed and entrusted to her!

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