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 16, 2014

Trinity Sunday - Rector's Rambling for June 15, 2014

Last week those who attend the 8:00 AM service had quite the adventure getting to St. John’s.  At the same hour over 40,000 members and guests of the Jehovah’s Witnesses were parking around our neighborhood and heading to Ford Field for their Regional Convention.  The Jehovah’s Witnesses are perhaps best known by most people because they knock on the door of your home and try to convince you to join their group.
Founded by Charles Taze Russell in the 19th century, he asserted that only he and his inner circle had a proper translation and interpretation of scripture (he neither read the ancient languages of the Bible to translate it, nor had any education in theology) and forbade the members of his group to read any information about the Bible not published by them.  He and his group deny the Divinity of Christ, the Holy Ghost, and the Trinity.
Our signboard became an opportunity to evangelize on Sunday.  In addition to signs about Whitsunday (the Holy Ghost), I put up these signs a few days early to help teach the truth about God in Jesus Christ, and about the Holy Trinity.
Belief in the Trinity is a basic biblical doctrine to be embraced by all Christians.  As I mentioned during my announcements on Sunday, we should be praying for those who have become deceived by this heretical sect.  But in addition to praying for their conversion, let us pray that we could have their boldness and zeal to make converts!  They estimate they have to knock on 740 doors to get one person to attend their meetings.  Armed with the Bible Truth, we might not be knocking, but should be actively sharing and inviting others into a relationship with Jesus with us at St. John’s.