NBC interviews Bp. Lawrence, asks: “Is liberal Christianity signing its own death warrant?”
NBC is refreshingly open to some reality checks:
“I see other mainline denominations that are fairly liberal, like the Presbyterians and the Methodists, just really being very careful about jumping over this hurdle,” David Hein, Hood College historian and co-author of “The Episcopalians,” a history of the church, told NBC News, “because it really wreaks havoc with the denominations for the national headquarters on down, the institutions, the seminaries, the parishes when you start to lose huge numbers of members.”
“I think churches that are fairly clear in their stance and are not either fundamentalist or way out there on the fringe are doing pretty well,” Hein added.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t call over to central casting for one of “the young people,”
But Jenna Guy, an Episcopalian from Iowa, said when the gay-rites vote was taken that the issue is important to the younger generation of Episcopalians and that the resolution would bring more people into the church.
I posted that one to Facebook and commented,
I understand that some folks really believe that the “agenda” is right, regardless of the outcome. BUT QUIT LYING TO US WITH STUFF LIKE THIS… The innovations constantly shrink churches. Just as in politics, “the young people” are notoriously long on opinion and short on reliable participation. LGBTQi are a teeny, tiny % of the population. So whatever reasons you might have for supporting “the agenda”, you are either willfully ignorant or lying if you assert that it is for church growth.
The article gives time to Bp. Lawrence and the principled stand of the Diocese of South Carolina,
Following the Episcopal Church’s decision to adopt gay-union rites last week, most of the Diocese of South Carolina’s delegation left the General Convention to show their concern.
“I had an issue of conscience in which I believed that a line had been crossed in the church’s teachings, that I could no longer pretend that nothing significant had happened,” Bishop Lawrence said, adding that the departure of the deputies should not be understood as a departure from the Episcopal Church.
“It’s not merely a matter of adapting the Church’s teachings about Jesus Christ, about salvation, about right and wrong to the culture,” he said. “The culture is adrift in sexual confusion and obsession.”
The article also cites the statistics of decline in TEC and other mainline denominations, but notes one of the standout exceptions:
Bucking the national trend, the Diocese of South Carolina experienced growth in 2011 in its average Sunday attendance, which rose 10.8 percent, from 11,086 to 12,286, according to the diocese.
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