The tragic betrayal of Central Florida Bishop Greg Brewer

Jul 15, 2018 by

by David W Virtue, VOL:

We were friends for more than a decade when he was rector of the largest orthodox parish in the Diocese of Pennsylvania – The Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, Pa – the flagship evangelical and charismatic church that defied the odds, and in the course of history upsetting two ultra-liberal bishops, Allen Bartlett and Charles Bennison.

But the charismatic Greg Brewer deftly navigated around these two men over the course of his rectorship, scoring well with evangelicals around the country, defying the odds of surviving with a bishop like Charles Bennison, whose heresies included a statement that Jesus was a sinner who forgave himself among other heretical statements that saw him dissing the atonement, rejecting the bodily resurrection of Jesus and much more. Bennison was the worst of the worst, bested only by the heresies of John Shelby Spong, Bishop of Newark. Both men were cut from the same cloth. Bennison barely survived being thrown out of the Episcopal Church, but kept his throne owing to a statute of limitations.

In 2008, Brewer and I both attended GAFCON One, where Greg ran the music program and gained serious creds with GAFCON leaders for his musical talents. GAFCON had come about when moral compromise, doctrinal error and the collapse of biblical witness in parts of the Anglican communion (which included TEC) had reached such a level that the leaders of the majority of the world’s Anglicans felt it was necessary to take a united stand for truth. At that time, Brewer told GAFCON leaders, “I am with you,” and I had no doubt that he meant it.

It was at GAFCON One that I finally knew that my days were numbered in The Episcopal Church. The mounting heresies of presiding bishops Edmond Browning, Frank Griswold and Katharine Jefferts Schori made it all too apparent to me that TEC was on a downward slide from which it would never recover. Demographically and theologically TEC is dying and nothing will stop it. Watching now as Brewer is slowly being embraced by the Episcopal Borg, the experience of betrayal is overwhelming.

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