Thursday, July 23, 2009

Beware of Churches That "Teach for Doctrine the Commandments of Men"

Cal Thomas of chastises the Episcopal Church for yielding to modern-day political pressure instead of preaching eternal values:

In the early '70s, comedian Flip Wilson created a character for his NBC television program called "Reverend Leroy" of "The Church of What's Happenin' Now." Like some contemporary "reverends," Reverend Leroy was a con artist who, among other things, once took up an offering to go to Las Vegas, explaining he had to study sin in order to effectively preach against it.

Reverend Leroy would feel right at home in the modern Episcopal Church, which recently voted at its denominational meeting in Anaheim, Calif., to end the ban on the ordination of gay bishops and permit marriage "blessings" for same-sex couples.

Denominational leaders explained they are attempting to stem the exodus from their church by embracing a new doctrine they call "inclusivity," [a word that is not to be found in the scriptures] which they hope will attract young people....

NOTE: If there is any blog material that's likely to attract hate mail, it's any discussion of religion. Bring it on! One reader wrote: "I'm sorry, but if a person want to rely of a 3000 - 4000 year old document (of which there are no original copies) to run there life, that's fine. But to use their interpretation of it to try to run other people's lives is lunacy. Yes, I'm talking about the bible and Christian fundamentalism." [spelling errors retained] The fact of the matter is, empires fall and technology changes, but human nature is a constant. That's why the many cautionary tales and parables we find in the Bible are still relevant to us.

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