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Thursday, April 28, 2005

You decide...

Is this an effective message or is it over the top? It does make you wonder what would happen if all the innocent children who have been aborted were allowed to judge the abortionists who killed them.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Requiescat In Pace

Pope John Paul II died today. This is truly a loss not just for Roman Catholics but for all faithful Christians around the world. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. And may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

How Do You Show Your Christian Colors?

The following is a quote from C.S. Lewis.

As Christians we are tempted to make unnecessary concessions to those outside the Faith. We give in too much. Now, I don’t mean that we should run the risk of making a nuisance of ourselves by witnessing at improper times, but there comes a time when we must show that we disagree. We must show our Christian colours, if we are to be true to Jesus Christ. We cannot remain silent or concede everything away.
— God in the Dock, “Cross-Examination,” paragraph 30

I do not have time right now to comment on this passage but do I really need to? As always, CSL has said it better and more succinctly than I ever could.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Bible - God or Guide

When I was a child I learned to respect the Bible as the word of God. This is what I was taught in the Baptist church that I grew up in. Through the Bible God spoke to us. In the Bible we read about Jesus' life, death and Resurrection. We could even find in it how we should live our own lives. We were encouraged to read the Bible daily, to memorize it, and to preach it to others. But it was never discussed where the Bible came from - for all I knew the Bible descended on a golden thread at Jesus' Ascension. And this, most of the time, is how the Bible was treated. I dare say there was even something close to what could be called a heresy of Bible idolatry that existed. This should be cause of concern for every Christian.

C.S. Lewis once wrote in a letter, "It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him."

Now I will readily admit that if this statement of Lewis's had been read by any of the Baptists that I grew up around then I feel sure that they would agree with the first sentence. They would agree that the true Word of God was Christ Himself and not the Bible. But the trouble starts when you come to the second sentence. The "guidance of good teachers" usually meant nothing more than how the pastor at the local church interpreted the Bible for you or how you interpreted the Bible for yourself. I doubt seriously that this is what Lewis had in mind when he refered to "good teahcers." It is much more likely that he would have been referring to great Saints of the Church such as the Early Church Fathers, or St. Augustine, or even the great St. Thomas Aquinas.

The problem is that the church where I grew up, and many other churches I suspect, did not have this great Tradition of the Church to fall back upon; an ancient witness to the Faith that could help them understand and interpret the Bible. There was little understanding, if any at all, that the Church went back in time any farther than our own lives. The only exception being the people you can read about in the New Testament. It was as if we were the first ones to try and read and interpret what the Bible was saying. This is obviously dangerous because the Church of God is more than just here and now. God's Church is the Catholic Church that streches back throughout the ages and we must receive that which has come before us. We are not the only ones to have read the Bible and the "good teachers" who have come before us can help us to understand what the Bible is trying to tell us today.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

I believe...in the communion of saints

There is a fallacy in the Church today (at least in part of it). It is the thought that we, as American Christians, can do whatever we want with the Faith just as long as we have enough people on our side. This is especially true in the Episcopal Church where every three years during the General Convention they use what is called a 'democratic process' to change the Faith where they view it as incompatible with modern society. But in so doing they have forgotten something of the utmost importance; they are not the only ones who get a vote in what goes on in the Church. In acting the way it does the Episcopal Church discounts a silent majority of literally millions of people who do not agree with the innovations that Episcopalians have introduced into the Faith. And who are these millions of people that are being ignored? They are the saints of the Church who have preceded us in death.

The following is what E.L. Mascall had to say about the subject in his book Corpus Christi.

"If, however, we are conscious of our solidarity with the Church beyond the grave we shall see that the appeal to tradition is not an appeal to our remote predecessors but to our contemporaries. It is a guarantee that the whole Church believes the same faith. No more than the ministry is the Church's tradition to be looked on simply in terms of succession, but in terms of organic development and identity. The appeal to tradition has been defined, in a fine phrase, as the 'democracy of the dead', and this is true. But, since God is the God not of the dead but of the living, and since those who die in Christ are alive in Him, the appeal to Christian tradition is the appeal from the part to the whole."

Therefore, the Faith of the Church does not belong exclusively to those of us who happen to be alive at this time and we need to take into account what has come before us, which we have received from the saints who have preceded us in death and yet are alive in the Lord, and treat it with the respect it deserves. Anything less is surely a sinful conceitedness that will lead us away from the blessedness the saints are enjoying and into Hell.

Friday, February 25, 2005

The Left Reponds

Below is a quote from Integrity's response to the Primates' official statement. It seems that what I said yesterday is correct: liberals will decode the Primates' statement in their own way and ignore any request to stand down.

The primates asked the Episcopal Church to withdraw its members from the Anglican Consultative Council until the next Lambeth Conference; but we are encouraged that this action is cast as voluntary rather than mandatory.

Why were the orthodox Primates so polite in their official statement? Did they not learn anything from the Windsor Report? Polite language will accomplish nothing except to drag this debate over sexuality on and on forever.

It seems doubtful that what has come out of this Primates' meeting will affect any change in the day to day routine of ECUSA. Therefore, my hope is that God will, in spite of the Primates' statement, chastise ECUSA and purify it. But this raises a question: will God do this without our cooperation? The Primates have shown that they are unwilling to say firmly and directly to ECUSA, "You are out, be gone." Instead they have said, "Please leave, if you feel like it." So the next question is what will the Network do? Will they try to force ECUSA to withdraw? If they will not who will?

Of course I may be speaking prematurely. Maybe Frank and ECUSA will voluntarily withdraw from any future meetings; maybe they will even repent. This is a possibility and let us all pray that God will help it to happen.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Primates' Meeting

Well here is the link to the official communication from the Primates' Meeting in Ireland, which has come out one day early. My hopes that ECUSA would be banished from the Anglican Communion have apparently been dashed. From what I can gather from reading the official communication it is only suggested that ECUSA and Canada voluntarily withdraw themselves from Communion wide functions until repent of their actions. They will of course ignore this just like they ignored the Windsor Report.

This official report from the Primates' meeting lacks any teeth, which was also the problem with the Windsor Report. What on earth were the Primates doing in Ireland for the past four days behind closed doors if they were not going to come out with anything stronger than this? Didn't they learn from the Windsor Report that polite language is not going to accomplish anything? The orthodox leaders went in talking big but have come out with a whimper.

Maybe I am wrong. Maybe this report is stronger than I think that it is, but until someone can show me that I am wrong I will remain very disappointed. The orthodox Primates of the Communion had the chance to do something powerful in the last four days and it appears that they have missed their chance. But I hope that I am wrong.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Return of Screwtape

If anyone still checks in on this site from time to time I would like to guide you to the following website for a different look at the current controversy within the Anglican Communion and the Windsor Report. Trushare.com.

Peace to all faithful Christians and may God have mercy on His Church.