Imagine this from a church body that tolerated Bishops James Pike, John Shelby Spong, and Gene Robinson! Talk about abandoning the Episcopal Church! But it seems that in this case "abandoning" refers not to the 39 Articles nor the Book of Common Prayer nor the positions of world wide Anglicanism. No, here it refers to the GLBT agenda and the nebulous faith that is practiced with great ceremony in the once noble Episcopal Church in America. This is one diocese (there are others) that has slowed the pace of modernization of the faith and apparently that is more sinful than being on the forefront of apostasy and heresy.
What is so gosh darn frustrating is that the Episcopal Church in its present incarnation gives ceremony a bad name and gives the false impression that those who are interested in smells and bells have forsaken the truth that accompanies liturgy and practice. Anyway, take heart, though, because I have been told that these charges are on the fast track and not likely to die of old age as they wend their way through the ordinarily lazy structures of the Episcopal Church.
came out of the blue with lightning speed, though not entirely
unexpected. On Thursday [Oct. 6], the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of South
Carolina was informed that he is being investigated on accusations of
abandoning the Episcopal Church, charges many believe are spurious,
designed solely to bring down an orthodox bishop who will not play ball
with certain resolutions passed by General Convention.
He and his
diocese received the communication from the President of the
Disciplinary Board for Bishops, the Rt. Rev. Dorsey Henderson, saying
that "serious charges" have been made under Title IV of the Canons of
The Episcopal Church. They released a 63-page document [PDF] of the
evidence brought against him that includes, among other things, the
diocesan convention's decision in October 2009 to "begin withdrawing
from all bodies of the Episcopal Church that have assented to actions
contrary to Holy Scripture, the doctrine, and worship of Christ as this
Church has received them, the resolutions of the Lambeth Conference
which have expressed the mind of the Communion, the Book of Common
Prayer, and our Constitution and Canons, until such bodies show
willingness to repent of such actions."