Tuesday, November 06, 2007

EPISCOPAL CHURCH PROBLEMS

Along with the Bible, Episcopalians follow the Nicene and Apostle's Creeds, and the "39 (or so) Articles of Faith". Some errors here include Article IX: original sin; Article X: the loss of free will; Article XVII: false teaching on Predestination and Election; and Article XXVII: the "baptism" of infants. When denominations accept unbiblical teachings, they end up accepting unbiblical patterns and practices and almost any error imaginable. The Bible alone is inspired. Holding man's creeds up alongside of the Bible is a recipe for error.

The 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, a woman named Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, is a feminist who pushes some really strange ideas. In one speech, she referred to Jesus as "Our Mother Jesus". From the UK's Times Online:
Earlier, at the morning Eucharist at the convention in Columbus, Ohio, Dr Schori signalled her feminist credentials in a sermon that drew on the writings of the 14th-century Julian of Norwich. She said: 'Mother Jesus gives birth to a new creation — and you and I are His children. If we’re going to keep on growing into Christ images for the world around us, we’re going to have to give up fear.'"
Such an idea is not from the Bible. It comes from unbiblical feminist thought.

The organization of the Episcopal Church maintains a great deal of control over the individual congregations with its unique pattern for church organization. The members of these churches submitted to an organizational model not found in the Bible. In the Bible, each congregation was autonomous. In the Bible, there was no diocese, no synod, no national or international headquarters to answer to. In the Bible there was no Archbishop of Canterbury and no "Presiding Bishop" over a group of churches. In the church of the Bible, the church of Christ, the only authority over the local congregation was God, and His Word which was communicated by the Apostles and Prophets, whose words are now preserved for us in the Holy Bible. In the Bible, Bishops (also called Overseers) were over a local congregation, not several congregations; and they were men, not women.
"This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife," (1 Tim. 3:1,2)
There is no instruction for appointing a woman into the office of Bishop. In fact, the Scriptures teach that a woman is not permitted to exercise authority over the man (this is in spiritual teaching and leadership roles), 1 Tim. 2:12. In the Bible no one ever called Jesus, the Son of God "Our Mother Jesus". In the Bible no one sanctioned or approved of the gay lifestyle. In 2003, the Episcopal Church ordained its first openly gay Bishop for New Hampshire. I pray that more people will break away from these unbiblical patterns and move to following only the Word of God.

If you would like to find a church in your area that follows only the Bible, search for the church of Christ. If you believe in Jesus Christ and want to be His disciple, then turn away from sin and confess Him as Lord and then be Baptized (immersed, buried) for the forgiveness of your sins. God will by His grace wash your soul clean and will add your name to the Book of Life. I urge you to follow Christ today and find a congregation of Believers where you may worship in "spirit and truth".
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