WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 ‚ÄĒ As the thousands gathered at the National Cathedral rang out a deep ‚Äúamen‚ÄĚ and then burst into cheers, Katharine Jefferts Schori formally took office as chief pastor and presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, making her the first woman to hold such a post in the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Despite the joyous welcome from her supporters, Bishop Jefferts Schori begins her nine-year term as intensifying disputes involving homosexuality threaten to fray the Episcopal Church and rupture its ties with the 77-million-member global Anglican Communion. Several bishops in the United States and leaders of many Anglican provinces overseas have said they will not acknowledge her in the role, largely because they are at sharp odds over her openness to gay men and lesbians in the episcopate and her support of blessings of same-sex marriages.
Not that the LORD delights in his righteous men less, or that, God forbid, a worthy man could not be found in all Israel, that his Spirit once chose Deborah to work deliverance (what is deliverance outside of the faith of Christ, exceedingly wise? nothing I figure).
Whereas, if she read Paul aloud, she would not be speaking, but Paul. Or if the Holy Ghost spake by her (again, what is the Holy Ghost saying outside of the doctrine of Christ? Nothing: quiet silence.), what has been revealed to her that we do not already know?
Maybe it will turn out to be that she be among the first to realize their role in matters of humility, and these people may realize that in many things their mother's and father's took too much upon themselves: namely the graven arts, and haughty garments, and what other things may be rightly witnessed against them.
Why not give up on the Episcopalians, Byron? This is of course as an organization. the E. Communion hasn't functioned as a Christian organization for decades. When they abandoned the Bible they abandoned Christianity.
OK, Faithful Remnant, let me amend my position. (BTW, you might be right about the whole "bottom" thing).
Yes, she should resign. I personally think she should get saved, too. But I also know only the Holy Spirit can regenerate the heart of stone into a heart of flesh. I am guilty of giving up on the Episcopalian denomination, when instead I should be praying for the faithful believing remnant (however small) that remains in it, and for repentance and faith sent from God on the others. May God save all His elect!
Well, Byron, in a way I do agree with you also. Of course, if the woman is at the top.......hmm....perhaps that explains the tragic event of the entire stack of "episcopal" cards toppling...falling down. It could prove prophetic....we shall see. But I do say that the main "voice" of the Episcopal church is thoroughly apostate. And so this woman may be at the top, but at the bottom, it's worse, because if it wasn't, she probably would not have been given this position.
I have to respectfully disagree with KK and Faithful Remnant.
I consider the entire Episcopal "church "of the U.S.A. to be apostate. Thus, there's no alarm in this, or call for resignation. They've completely lost their Biblical moorings, so scriptural disobedience in installing a woman as spiritual leader over a church is simply one more spiritual rebellion in a long line of many.