Monday, February 05, 2007

New Episcopal Bishop’s View of Christianity

Today’s issue of USA Today has an article on Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, whose installation has caused a fissure in Anglican life. The article is interesting in what you see of her vision of what ministry is about. Perhaps the most striking part is at the end. Another bishop affirmed her saying:
"She's profoundly faithful to the central claims of the church and the
Scriptures. People who say she's not are making that up."
Then we have this from Schori:
She sees two strands of faith: One is "most concerned with atonement, that Jesus died for our sins and our most important task is to repent." But the other is "the more gracious strand," says the bishop who dresses like a sunrise.
It "is to talk about life, to claim the joy and the blessings for good that it offers, to look forward.
"God became human in order that we may become divine. That's our task."
Whatever that is, it is not faithful to the central claims of the Church and Scripture (1 John 4:1-6). This only serves to remind us of the need to faithfully teach our people the Scriptures in this day.


David Dansker said...

Amen, this charge still applies:

2Ti 4:1-4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Thanks for the post,


Pastor Klay said...

The last bit sounds quite "Mormon" doesn't it?

Dr. Van Neste, I'm so glad your blog is still here! My link to "Oversight of Souls" (and Tom Ascol's too I might add) all resulted in "BAD REQUEST - Error 400". Something changed, but now I have it corrected.

Ray Van Neste said...

Thanks, both of you. Klay, I am glad you could get the connection back!
The last line does indeed sound Mormon, gnostic even.

David said...

I am glad to see a response on this article Kyle and I showed you. The whole story bothers me, but that quote definitely the most.

Ray Van Neste said...

David, thanks for pointing out this article to me!