Sunday, April 26, 2009

While another denomination rushes headlong to embrace heresy...

For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. (Titus 1:7-9 KJV)

These words clearly no longer hold any meaning within the Episcopal church and haven't for a long time. That was pretty evident in the ordination of women, in the permitting of homosexuals to serve openly, in the ordaining of a "bishop" in New Hampshire who divorced his wife to live in a filthy relationship with another man. Now yet another example of what happens when we stop "Holding fast the faithful word". I heard about this on the Albert Mohler show and it piqued my interest having lived for a while in Northern Michigan...

Bishop-elect worries some Episcopalians

As priest, he altered prayer book, says evil exists but Satan doesn’t

LITTLE ROCK — The Rev. Kevin G. Thew Forrester denies that Satan exists. He doesn’t believe God sent his only-begotten son to die for the sins of the world. He says that the Koran is sacred, he has taken a Buddhist middle name and he teaches that many paths lead to the divine.

As an Episcopal priest, Thew Forrester altered the denomination’s prayer book, including its baptismal vows and the words of the Apostles’ Creed. Now he’s been elected to become a bishop - a successor to the Apostles - by the Diocese of Northern Michigan.

If a majority of the Episcopal Church’s bishops and dioceses give their consent, Thew Forrester would inherit a seat in the House of Bishops, a ceremonial shepherd’s staff and an awesome task - to “guard the faith, unity and discipline of the Church.”

When you read the whole thing, it really is striking that a man who in almost any other time in the history of Christianity would be rightly called a heretic is potentially going to be ordained by what used to be a Christian church as a bishop. Granted, on any given Sunday less than 700 people show up in Episcopal churches in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan in the "Diocese of Northern Michigan" But the fact reminas that the very idea of someone who clearly needs to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to him is instead being called upon to guard that Gospel is heartbreaking.

It does sound like he may not be confirmed or whatever they call it by the other bishops, but the fact that his confirmation is even in question shows how far the Episcopal Church has strayed.


gloria said...

Heaven help us! Good grief....

The Lord warned us of wovles in sheep's clothing......

No kidding.


Steve Martin said...

Nothing...absolutely nothing, suprises me anymore.

God save us.