Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Revising yourself out of the Faith

~Someone once commented to me while I was in the middle of my conversion into the Catholic Church, that whatever issues the Episcopal Church is facing will eventually confront the Catholic Church. This person tried to point out that what happens to the Episcopal Church will happen to the Catholic Church in America. We were having a debate on the office of Peter and the role of the Magisterium. For all the talk on fidelity to the Faith once delivered, there was still a blindness on my friend's part to acknowledge that the role of Peter was a gift of mercy from God to ensure the integrity of the Faith.

Dr. Blosser posted this editorial from the Wall Street Journal from several months ago, but the issues remain. Os Guinness was one of the influences in my own time at university. Here is an excerpt from Why We Left the Episcopal Church
First, Episcopal revisionism abandons the fidelity of faith. The Hebrew scriptures link matters of truth to a relationship with God...

Second, Episcopal revisionism negates the authority of faith. The "sola scriptura" ("by the scriptures alone") doctrine of the Reformation church has been abandoned for the "sola cultura" (by the culture alone) way of the modern church. No longer under authority, the Episcopal Church today is either its own authority or finds its authority in the shifting winds of intellectual and social fashion -- which is to say it has no authority....

Third, Episcopal revisionism severs the continuity of faith. Cutting itself off from the universal faith that spans the centuries and the continents, it becomes culturally captive to one culture and one time....

Fourth, Episcopal revisionism destroys the credibility of faith....

Fifth, Episcopal revisionism obliterates the very identity of faith. When the great truths of the Bible and the creeds are abandoned and there is no limit to what can be believed in their place, then the point is reached when there is little identifiably Christian in Episcopal revisionism....

...We remain Anglicans but leave the Episcopal Church because the Episcopal Church first left the historic faith. Like our spiritual forebears in the Reformation, "Here we stand. So help us God. We can do no other."
There's no joy in watching this splintering. It's a wound to the whole Christian witness.

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