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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Who's Going to Stand Up...


I've been watching a few stories with
great dismay lately.

I been following a few others about the Episcopal church and the upheaval that it is currently going through.


Have you heard any of the discourse?

How do these words strike you:

"Our Mother Jesus"


"God Our Mother"



If you like the way these phrases sound, then this post isn't for you.


I suppose that this was the next step for the church, since it has been leaning left more and more over the last decade or so.

Maybe two, or even three.


It slowly and innocently creeps in.


The conservatives within the Episcopal church are stopping just short of using the terms apostasy and schism.


Christians believe in the Trinity.

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


How about these Presbyterian interpretations:

"Mother, Child and Womb"

"Rock, Redeemer, Friend"


hmmm... This new 'wave of thinking has affected the Mormons too.


It really doesn't matter which denomination you belong to, or which church building you show up in.


The Trinity is a fundamental doctrine of Christianity.


So who's next?

Catholics?

Methodists?

Lutherans?

Baptists?

Christian Church?

Church of God?

Church of Christ?

Assembly of God?

I know, I haven't listed everyone, and it isn't my intention to exclude anybody either!


Where is the leadership in these denominations?

Are they calling...

Are they writing letters...

Are they sending e-mails to those who are against these heretical ideas?

Are they offering their support?

Are they praying for them?

How about praying with them?

Are they doing anything?


Or do they think they are immune? Do they think that it isn't "their problem"?

Or maybe it "just isn't our place".


I think that church leaders from every walk of Christianity need to...

No...

They must stand up against heresy. They need to let their Christian brethren know that they are there for them.

That they support them, and that they are praying for them.

Isolating themselves from the problem, perhaps being secretly happy that 'that denomination' is having difficulties, is wrong.


Christ is returning for His Bride, the Body of Christ, Christians.

He isn't coming back for only your denomination.


And if you think that these issues don't affect you...

Then you're wrong.

later...


5 "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Proverbs 30:5 - 6

7 Comments:

Blogger Dreaming again said...

Brava!

Key words ..how about praying WITH them.

July 03, 2006 8:04 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

TJ I totally agree with you. It is wrong and something must be done. I did not know about the problem (then again I don't get out much) so I thank you for your post about it. If there is anything I can to help, let me know.

About a year ago I heard about some kind of movement about the 'feminine side of God' (I think they call her Sophia?) and I was outraged! What are these people thinking of?

I hope that I can lend some help to ridding our Christian community of this problem.

July 03, 2006 8:11 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Peggikaye...

How's it going?

Thanks Sarah... it really means a lot when young adults take a stand, because the torch will eventually be passed on to you.

And yes...

It's a problem.

A big one at that.

later...

July 03, 2006 6:17 PM  
Anonymous wolfbaby said...

Wow that's kinda creepy when churches do things like that... Just plain wrong.

July 03, 2006 7:08 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Yeah Wolfbaby...

And it's all happening right under our noses...

later...

July 03, 2006 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Moof said...

Excellent post, TJ!

You said: "It slowly and innocently creeps in."

Slowly, yes - innocently? no!

Innocuously, maybe ...

It's not just the Episcopal church, either. In my retreat ministry, I fought what I perceived as "creeping heresy" for years ... and years. It's pervasive.

If we think we've seen religious sects splintering before, it's going to get really interesting now as they begin to be bolder about creating a god in their own image rather than worshiping the God Who created them in His image.

Hang on folks ... it's going to get really bumpy ... :o(

July 04, 2006 7:39 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Moof...

I know...

They're trying to rewrite the scriptures.

Their boldness is unnerving.

It does make you wish for a few strategic 'lightning bolts' here and there.

later...

July 04, 2006 8:57 PM  

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