Episcopalians in the Congo

Ed Jones from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia writes about a recent trip to the Congo that he and some others from the Diocese made:

At the service at the cathedral in Bukavu, Carey Chirico of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg offered a sermon that captured the spirit of Pentecost. Her words were translated into Swahili.

Indeed, the basic structure of the service, from the sermon to the prayers to the creeds, was similar to what Episcopalians in the U.S. would know.

What was different were the long stretches of singing and dancing from the seven choirs of the church. During some of those extended musical offerings, the whole congregation seemed to find a spiritual rhythm, swaying as one.

Note that St. George’s is a thoroughly apostate parish that has things like an “Integrity Circle for LGBT persons.” What is Integrity?

Integrity is an officially recognized organization within the Episcopal Church which serves as the leading grassroots voice for full inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons.

So why is the Congo receiving apostates like this? Perhaps Anglicans in the Congo aren’t aware of the beliefs of these folks, but I’m not so sure. It makes the Congo look more and more mercenary, when you couple it with the support of the AMiA.

Rowan Williams, Arch-Heretic

Rowan Williams resigning is not going to solve anything. The Church of England is as far gone as TEC, and will not suddenly produce a reversal. GAFCON should recognize this and create a new See at the center of a new Communion.

Rowan Williams has embraced abomination for some time, see here and here.

Rowan

God

…by the end of the 80’s I had definitely come to the conclusion that scripture was not dealing with the predicament of persons whom we should recognise as homosexual by nature. And many of the arguments assumed by theologians in the Middle Ages and later increasingly seemed to beg questions or to rest on contested grounds. I concluded that an active sexual relationship between two people of the same sex might therefore reflect the love of God in a way comparable to marriage, if and only if it had about it the same character of absolute covenanted faithfulness.

…realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching…

In fact, of course, in a church which accepts the legitimacy of contraception, the absolute condemnation of same-sex relations of intimacy must rely either on an abstract fundamentalist deployment of a number of very ambiguous texts, or on a problematic and non-scriptural theory about natural complementarity, applied narrowly and crudely to physical differentiation without regard to psychological structures.

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

Sign me up for “an abstract fundamentalist deployment of a number of very ambiguous texts.”

St. Augustine wrote:

Therefore shameful acts which are contrary to nature, such as the acts of the Sodomites (Gen 19.5 ff),  are everywhere and always to be detested and punished. Even if all peoples should do them, they would be liable to the same condemnation by divine law; for it has not made men to use one another in this way. Indeed, the social bond which should exist between God and us is violated when the nature of which he is the author is polluted by a perversion of sexual desire.

But when God commands something contrary to the customs or laws of a people, even if that has never been previously done, it has to be done. If it has fallen into disuse, it must be restored. If it has not been established, it must be established…how much more must God, the governor of his creation, be unhesitatingly obeyed in whatever he commands!