Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

A Church in Name Only: ECUSA

Posted by Mark on June 27, 2006

My hope and prayer is that someday RSP starts his own blog. But as he’s told me many times, it’s not his calling. His calling is to be a gifted reporter on the crisis within the ECUSA. Once the proud home of Presidents and heroes, my denomination is now a Church in name only. Here’s an example from RSP of a resolution that was rejected at GC ’06:
This resolution won’t be passed by this General Convention – It has been rejected in Committee:

Resolved, the House of _____ concurring, That the 75th General Convention
of the Episcopal Church declares its unchanging commitment to Jesus Christ
as the Son of God, the only name by which any person may be saved
(Article XVIII); and be it further

Resolved, That we acknowledge the solemn responsibility placed upon us
to share Christ with all persons when we hear His words, “I am the Way,
the Truth, and the Life. No-one comes to the Father except through me”
(John 14:6); and be it further

Resolved, That we affirm that in Christ there is both the substitutionary
essence of the Cross and the manifestation of God’s unlimited and
unending love for all persons; and be it further

Resolved, That we renew our dedication to be faithful witnesses to all
persons of the saving love of God perfectly and uniquely revealed in
Jesus and upheld by the full testimony of Holy Scripture.

According to the Pittsburgh deputation:

“…debate in the evangelism committee indicated that many believed
this basic statement of Christian and Anglican belief about Jesus and
salvation would be controversial if debated in the house and
counterproductive to the church’s mission.”

RSP’s writings from the Convention have been a constant source of both encouragement and consternation for me. The tear in a once great denomination can only widen following this convention.

2 Responses to “A Church in Name Only: ECUSA”

  1. Jon said

    Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it: ‘You shall love you neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.

  2. R. Scott Purdy said

    Thanks for your kind words, Mark.

    My calling is to help with several parishes. In fulfilling that call, it is more effective to show up in folks’ email boxes, rather than to rely on them to seek-out my blog site. That way folks have to work to ignore the news, rather than work to find it.


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