Profile for next Presiding Bishop contradicts past history

May 24, 2023 by

by David Virtue, VOL:

There is little hope that the hemorrhaging will stop and the slide reversed whoever is elected.

In the profile for the next Presiding Bishop for the Episcopal Church, the lead issue is, (hold your breath), evangelism, along with catechesis, or teaching and nurturing the faith.

If Jack Spong or Frank Griswold were alive, they would roll over in their graves. This is like going backwards in a time machine, even though the standard woke issues quickly follow in succession, including the standard phobias that must be denounced at every opportunity.

But it reveals the deep desperation to have evangelism as your first call, especially as it is doubtful that TEC has an evangelical bishop ready to leap into the line-up of hopeful wannabees, or, if nominated would have a prayer of winning. It also reveals a denomination in free fall that evangelism, not anti-racism training, climate change or whole range of woke issues as its top priority.

An axiom of TEC cant is; “You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.”

Following the tenure of the late Bishop John Maury Allin, TEC has been in the secular wilderness trying desperately to keep up with the world, the flesh and the devil, especially on matters of human sexuality, with the result that the Church has suffered horrific losses, at the same time filling up columbaria at a rapid pace.

The slippery slope started with Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning, descended further under Frank (of the flexible wrist) Griswold, descending to untold theological, adversarial and financial depths under Katharine Jefferts Schori, only to emerge briefly out of the secular caldron in the person of Michael Curry whose “revivals” have sadly failed to fill churches with hoped-for new converts.

As Anglican Watch observed; Curry holds his “Way of Love” revival meetings nationwide, but nothing is revived. Indeed, these meetings, attended largely by active church members, are nothing but feel-good events that give members the warm fuzzies.

TEC has watched the church split and lose over 100,000 members, fully embrace multiple sexualities, spent millions suing for church properties, merging dioceses, begun closing churches, all the while hoping that this will jump-start the church in the 21st Century.

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