I am a Christian, specifically an Episcopalian.
For those not familiar with the Episcopal Church, it is the American descendant of the Church of England, i.e. the Anglican Church. Traditionally, the Episcopal Church has been a liturgical church. A liturgical church focus on the actual worship rather than on contentious statements or “confessions” of faith. In adhering to a rigid liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer, the Episcopal church has been better than most at avoiding arguments about doctrine. All of these statements are necessarily broad brush; of course there have been exceptions.
In the past 50 years or so, the church has run off the rails. With every reform, people have left the church in droves. New hymnal? People left the church. New Book of Common Prayer? People left the church. Ordination of women? People left the church. Feminist Presiding Bishop? People left the church. Ordination of a practicing homosexual Bishop? People left the church. Performing “marriages” of homosexual couples? People left the church.
The General Convention is set to elect a new Presiding Bishop. I predict that there is a greater than even chance that the next Presiding Bishop will be a negro, elected for the specific fact alone that he is a negro.
Anyone involved in management of any going concern who took a look at such a precipitous decline in such a short period would fire those who presided over the failure, reverse their policies, and set about seeking– from a technical standpoint, not an ideological one– what is true, what works, and what is false and what doesn’t work. But that has not happened and cannot happen. The Episcopal Church cannot be saved.
It cannot be saved because it has been taken over by Leftists. I don’t have to attribute motive to them to simply observe that they have in fact destroyed the church. But I do think that is the intent of the spiritual forces they serve, if not of the people following such forces.
The church has been feminized. Last week, at a service I skipped, a priest referred to the Holy Spirit as “she.” Yes, I am aware that the Hebrew term ruach has a feminine gender (the word gender refers to words alone, despite the Leftist word games of the past 20 years or so). The analogous Greek word is pneuma, which is neuter. When St. Jerome translated the Greek into Latin, the available word was– and remains– spiritus, which is masculine. The pro-Jewish leftists intellectuals use this to support their feminizing position, and at first it looks convincing. However, it is a red herring. What Christians refer to as the Holy Spirit is not the same entity or concept referred to by the Jews as ruach. The word changes reflect a maturing concept of the Christian Trinity following the Resurrection.
From the Nicene Creed: “by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary and was made man.”
If we think of the Holy Spirit in feminine terms, there can conceptually be no Christmas story and without the Christmas story, no Christianity. Period. There is no way around that. But that doesn’t matter to the Leftist intellectuals who are in charge of the Episcopal Church because Leftism is raw, unprincipled power. It cannot be reasoned with.
Also, I am not willing to sit through another sermon by a white priest to a white congregation on the essential evils of “white privilege”, “troubled history,” and calls for disarming law-abiding citizens in the wake of the Charleston shootings. [Meanwhile, the New York Times makes no visible mention of 7 people shot at a picnic in Philadelphia or 10 people shot at a block party in Detroit. Why not? Three guesses and the first two don’t count.] It is better to stay at home and enjoy the sunshine than to make a scene by walking out.
The pool of new clergy available in the Episcopal Church is 100% Progressive for the simple reason that it is impossible to pass classes or graduate from Episcopal Seminaries without being a Progressive (or a skilled, deep cover, mole).
From the Mission Statement of Virginia Theological Seminary: “Virginia Theological Seminary has emphasized the preparation of persons for the ministries of preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and social justice” [emphasis added]. The term “social justice” is a Progressive political slogan that means whatever the Cathedral says it means at the moment. It is not a Christian term.
The Church Divinity School of the Pacific is even worse. Its catalogue uses the term “Xian.” I have not been able to find out what that means specifically, but it is not a mere short-hand for Christian.