Monday, March 5, 2012
Another one bites the dust....
Not since American Methodism saw its numbers decline by a third has a church body made such a public and precipitous drop in prestige and in numbers. While I lament losing history and such rich treasures as such an ancient building as St. John's, it is about more than property. At the same time this story comes out, we hear how prominent Episopalians have sided with the administration and against other churches in the HHS attack on religious liberty, how many dioceses facing decline have refused to sell their buildings to the break away Anglicans who insist that they are the true successors of the Episcopal faith, and how the Roman Catholic community has set up a mechanism to receive disaffected Anglicans here and throughout the world.
So sad... but the inevitable outcome of those who empty the faith of its truth and abandon the Scriptures...
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This is not sad, but a fulfillment of our Lord's prophecies. And this is no surprise, as Jesus has warned about the departure from the one, true faith. Come, Lord Jesus.
Déjà vu? Was there a time when the ancient Israelites adopted pagan values during the Babylonian exile and merged them with Torah?
I am waiting for the LCMS to set up a mechanism to receive disaffected Anglicans.
If the building cannot be sold to an independent Anglican body, then who may buy it. How many buildings remain churches?
Is it possible that flocks fold for no other reason than that they are no longer needed by God for His purpose?
Sad, to be true, but you are quite right in your assessment for why these parishes are collapsing...
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