Monday, August 04, 2003
Winning By Losing-Here's a thought for the conservative Episcapalians/Anglicans in the Peanut Gallery; isn't losing today's fight on Gene Robinson better than winning it? If the conservatives rule the day in the House of Bishops, we're back to the status quo ante of a liberal-listing church with plenty of de-facto Unitarian bishops and pastors. If the church is to be cleaned up, it would need to be done by ousting bishops and pastors who fail to follow a Biblical line. However, those would need to be done on a case-by-case basis and would be very messy. It might merely put off a schism for a few years, for the clean-up process would make a few enemies among the tradtionalist block, and future votes might go the other way. If the de-facto Unitarians rule the day, we'll see a schism where the conservative churches will bolt and form a seperate organization with apostolic coverage coming from outside the US. They'll still be in the Anglican traditon, but more committed to a standard Christian faith. This way, the liberal element in the church will be isolated and the fence-sitting parrishes will stay put rather that risk the unknown. I'd think the evangelical Anglicans in the crowd would rather have an American Anglican Church with half the members but standing for something rather than the status quo. If the Anglican polity readings of the conservatives are correct, churches can reaffilitate with another Anglican subset without having to leave the church building in the hands of the Episcopal Church. The next few months will be interesting.
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