Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Jumping the Shark of Orthodoxy?

Has the Episcopal Church jumped the shark of Christian orthodoxy? Virtue Online reports that:
The House of Deputies of the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church today overwhelmingly refused to even consider a resolution that affirmed Jesus Christ as the "only name by which any person may be saved."
To be sure, there were some who stood up against the Liberalism which is taking over the Episcopal Church, but they now appear to be a minority. I found the following quote disappointing but not surprising (emphasis added):
The Rev. McDowell of the Diocese of North Carolina told VirtueOnline after the floor vote, "In the Episcopal Church we don't do up and down votes on Jesus Christ as Lord, and to do so is potentially a mean-spirited approach, to ask questions that aren't meant to be questions."

McDowell explained that how one lives his life is the more important issue than whether one affirms Jesus as Lord. To place a statement of belief over actions is the essence of "self-righteousness," he said. "Actions speak louder than proclamations...What Jesus calls us to do is to live our lives."
So it is "mean spirited" to affirm John 14:6 where Jesus says, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Also according to Rev. (sic) McDowell, affirming Jesus as Lord isn't as important as being a good person. Yeah, right. If we start affirming Jesus as Lord, we might need to start doing all sorts unpleasant things like, maybe actually believing it to be true.

As the article states, the Episcopal Church has been sliding towards apostasy for years. This is just their latest and, perhaps, the most blatant rejection of traditional Christian doctrine. It may only be a matter of time before the remaining faithful Episcopalians deploy the lifeboats and abandon ship.