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April 18, 2016

A Well-Aimed Blast at the Communion-Wreckers

Finally: someone with the ability—and credibility—to pinpoint what is wrong with the progressive elitists in ECUSA and other branches of the Anglican Communion speaks out, and speaks forcefully. I cannot do justice to the whole article here, so you will have to click on the link below and read the entire piece in Forward in Christ Magazine. I shall do my best to whet your appetite—but please believe me, isolated excerpts (as the copyright laws require) cannot provide the same impact as reading the article from start to finish. Use the summary here to get a grasp on the scope of the article, and then take your time to read it carefully at the original site.

First, by way of introduction, the author explains:

Recently a prelate asked me if I’d be willing to write something in article form.  He had seen the as-yet unedited and unpublished autobiographical/topical book I had already written contextualizing this subject (at the time of this writing, I am still in prayer and discernment for a publisher). For five years that book project had gone from a seed idea to full fruition—and it wasn’t easy.  It went at an ultra-careful, uphill, in the rain snail’s-pace…. The kindly prelate ..., one of my greatest supporters, wanted to see the book happen, suggesting it might be time to go ahead and take the leap with a smaller preliminary piece.  This immediately made sense and felt right, as much as it scared me.  Getting some of the general concepts into an article, aiming them to a current event, making it work forced me to become an amateur editor—not my strong suit.  It is quite obvious I am not a professional writer.  Incidentally, the book is much broader–not as pointed as this article….

Why did the book, the art exhibition, this article, and other projects require so much emotional energy and feet-dragging?  Why was I so secretive and careful the whole time?  Because–this is my life experience, distilled into words.  I am a sexually continent and maritally celibate 37 year-old man, finally sharing publicly that I am attracted to men.  This is essentially my “coming out article”, if you will.  Once it’s out there, there is no going back….  But, don’t let the subject matter put you off.  I want to bring a nuance to the conversation.  I do understand that it cannot be helped if readers may unfairly project what they think this article is going to say and mean.  We have been conditioned by a click-bait, sound-bite media to do this.  I often have to be careful not to do that myself.  And if you are Anglican like myself, you know what it is to see “homosexuality” in an article and think, “Oh good grief, what now?!”.

After a little more background, the author starts with what he calls “Anglican housekeeping”:

I’m infinitely grateful that I initially got to know Anglicanism in a traditional Anglican-Catholic diocese within The Episcopal Church (TEC).  In the end I actually came into TEC through a neighboring diocese (another story) with what I thought were open eyes.  I wanted to be a part of the orthodox wing of the Anglican Communion.  I wanted to be a part of the active movement to reform the Communion away from the zeitgeist under which it had suffered for so long.  Ironically, I was confirmed the year AFTER the infamous TEC General Convention in 2003, when many were already leaving.  But it only took about three years of intensive observation to learn how things actually worked.  I can honestly say that TEC gave me the best intensive education in how progressivism (actually regressive) and identity politics work.  The leadership and establishment in TEC ended up giving me a crash course in just how hypocritical the “generous, inclusive, open, affirming, welcoming, equality” movement of change-agents really is.  From the time I first heard the words “conversation” and “listening process” in 2005-2006, I quickly discerned them to be tools of delay, shaming, isolation, and wearing down of conservatives and traditionalists….

From there on, the gloves really come off, and I cannot quote more without detracting from the unity of the whole piece, which is what gives it its force. So please do click on over and read the whole thing.

And if you choose to comment on the article here, please keep in mind the official SF guidelines in matters of critiquing what is wrong with ECUSA: no urging that those who have stayed thus far should leave, no criticism of those who have stayed, or who have already left, no proselytizing for your own church or denomination by way of comparison, and no policing of the author’s tone, or that of other commenters (the elves here will see to it that no one gets out of line). I for one would far rather see SF’s readers address the questions of: Has the author got it right about the forces that have wrecked ECUSA and the Communion thus far, or is there more to be said? How could his article help those who are still fighting the fight from within? Can clarity such as the author’s help focus the rest of us on what is still important, or is it fated to be another shout that gets lost in the stultifying dreariness of progressive blarney?

By way of a footnote, since the author mentions the present litigation in which ECUSA and the local dissenting parishes have sued his own Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, be aware that ECUSA and the dissenters’ appeal from the judgment against them in Tarrant County District Court is being heard Tuesday morning, April 19 in the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. Please keep Bishop Iker, his Diocese, their attorneys and the Court of Appeals in your prayers.

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I think he sees clearly what has happened and how it was done.  This comment is so true:  “Only spoiled societies have the time and money to sit around and gender-theorize all day.”

May God continue to bless this writer and protect him from the evil which will surely be aimed at him.

[1] Posted by Katherine on 4-18-2016 at 07:07 PM · [top]

Wow!  Just wow.  A life of incredibly deep faith, gazing on the Cross as the true sign of redemption and salvation.  Just wow.

[2] Posted by Capt. Father Warren on 4-18-2016 at 08:41 PM · [top]

I can’t argue with this,

“A lot of our heresy problems started from the top-down.  Many so-called reforms happened that way—to “educate the common people” in the hope that they would eventually ‘come around’.  We as laity have been too patient with this snobbery.  We have got to stop with this pretended ‘above the fray’ attitude we sometimes have—that it is somehow an exalted virtue to stick our heads in the sand.  We are responsible for our permissive part in all this.”

[3] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 4-19-2016 at 09:11 AM · [top]

#3 That was the most powerful point he made, IMO..  The laity, which actually constitute the Church, have collectively bowed down to clericalism, and permitted the “social justice” theme to triumph over “every word that comes from the mouth of God”...those who so preach are putting the things of the world ahead of the things of GOD…see Matt 4:1-11.

[4] Posted by aacswfl1 on 4-19-2016 at 01:01 PM · [top]

Stand Firm now has elves?  How wonderful.

[5] Posted by The_Elves on 4-19-2016 at 01:11 PM · [top]

So-called social justice is part of the picture, but in a sense what has been experienced is something of a ‘hostile takeover’ of a corporation with significant financial assets. The new business model may not be particularly self-sustaining, but the first generation of leadership seems to be doing OK for itself so far.

One suggestion to the writer - please break up the writing into more paragraphs. Long paragraphs are especially difficult for this reader to follow on-screen.

So many of us have gone through this suffering. This is a most valuable contribution and Christian witness, and I commend the writer for his courage and convictions.

[6] Posted by Adam 12 on 4-19-2016 at 06:09 PM · [top]

This fellow is offering something that reaches beyond Anglicanism,  Christianity,  and even religion. 

The insanity of the crusade for sexual deviance (sexual preference and now the transgender insanity)  is a crusade against our common humanity.  Sexual deviance is ultimately gnostic at heart.  The body is, at best,  irrelevant.  This fellow seems to have a good grip on our bodily nature. 

God bless him, protect him,  and spread his wisdom.

[7] Posted by Words Matter on 4-19-2016 at 08:48 PM · [top]

I attended a Men’s Group as a guest at a progressive Episcopal church in PA a few years back.

They asked what faith I was, and when I told them I was Anglican, you could have heard a pin drop.

So, we went from a friendly Men’s Group Bible Study to everyone there (including the priest) attacking me and telling me what a “hater” I was.

Seriously?  Can you even IMAGINE treating a guest in your church in this way?

They are so focused on justifying their views that the Gospel just goes right out the window.  It’s all about the agenda - nothing else matters.

Sad, really sad.

[8] Posted by B. Hunter on 4-20-2016 at 04:20 PM · [top]

They believe this conduct is justified because a person who disagrees with them is doing so out of either hatred or fear like in homophobia.  You cannot win this argument much less engage in it.

[9] Posted by Pb on 4-21-2016 at 09:00 AM · [top]

You’re right #8, it is sad, tragically sad.  The animosity and hate directed the way of orthodox Anglicans points to just how far people have fallen.  I’m sure there is a spiritual component.  Darkness can’t bear the light so it will rail against it at every opportunity.  Furthermore, heretics know we don’t need them and that irritates them to no end.  In fact, while they will never admit this and probably aren’t even consciously aware of it, they actually need us to exist.  Heresy is always parasitic and requires a pre-existent orthodox host.

[10] Posted by Ross Gill on 4-21-2016 at 09:25 AM · [top]

#5 - I “heard” through the grape vine, of course, that one was seen sneaking around the lair but Sarah quickly made mince-meat.  Ok - let’s be honest, it was chilli.

[11] Posted by Jackie on 4-21-2016 at 09:11 PM · [top]

I admire his honesty and willingness to call down the Wrath of Progressivism down on himself.  Best line from my perspective:

“The question is: are you being shaped by the Faith or are you projecting your own stuff on the Faith?”

American Christianity has a HUGE problem with that, IMHO.

[12] Posted by Joshua 24:15 on 4-25-2016 at 12:13 PM · [top]

Wow!  Talk about a stout-hearted man of faith!  I’m flattering myself to put myself on his team but, if he’ll have me, I’m there.

[13] Posted by Jeffersonian on 5-12-2016 at 04:23 PM · [top]

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