I guess at that time they’ll only be open for gay weddings officiated by gay priests.
That’s ok because climate change will destroy the human race in less than 12 years.
Gee I wonder what the problem could be?
> One factor in the decline has been the increasingly progressive theological direction of the mainline denomination <
Well, there you go right there. I go to church to hear the Gospel, as written. If I wanted to hear progressive theological direction Id go to Bernie Sanders rally.
It looks like attendance is already ceasing. I thought “open doors” was supposed to fill the pews.
Oh, no, where will Pete and Chasten go?? As a Catholic, I don’t want them back.
I’m sure this can’t be true. Because people with good taste will eventually show up.
With respect to the Episcopal Church, listen to the Cole Porter song “Anything Goes”. (Great song back then and still a great and relevant one now.)
That’s their philosophy and that’s why they’ll be one of the things that “goes” in the future.
When one stops proclaiming the Gospel and replaces two millennia of Christian teaching and practices with modern anti-Christian secularism spoken from the pulpit, why should this be a surprise.
From a pantheon of gods,to one and then to none.
I attend an Episcopal church in Minneapolis. I do so more for my wife than anything else. I’m Catholic.
This church has been experiencing a decline in attendance for some years now. The congregation is older. The people there, although undoubtedly very liberal, are genuinely nice people. Many know that I’m staunchly conservative on most issues and still treat me well. This church does not engage in virtue signaling, something I’m glad for.
An argument can be made for the overall nationwide decline in attendance being due to their pre-occupation with progressive and “woke” issues. There’s no doubt about it. The Presbyterians at having the same problem. But I’m seeing an overall turning away from religion in the younger population, specifically the Gen-X’ers and Gen-Y’ers.
Wait. I thought capitulating to the LGBTQ crowd was going to open up vast new vistas of people walking through the doors feeling oh so accepted and fill the pews. What happened?
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (I Cor. 6:9-10}
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for Gods holy people. . . For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy personsuch a person is an idolaterhas any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things Gods wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.” (Ephesians 5:3,5)
10 years, 15 at most.
The Episcopal Church began a slow suicide when its leadership turned away from the Gospel and embraced the worst tendencies of the world. I have a great love for the Anglican liturgical tradition and often used to attend Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis when I lived in the area. I used to go to the solidly-Christian Church of St. Michael and St. George, down the street from my university, for Good Friday services. I came close to joining the EC. Then one Sunday the priest at the cathedral announced they had chartered a bus to go to Washington to support and celebrate Roe v Wade, and that’s the last time I set foot there.
Get a mirror.
Kristine Stache, interim president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church ...
Stache ... cool name. Needs graphics ...
In 1997 the General Convention established an official Episcopal-Moravian dialogue with the Northern Province and the Southern Province of the Moravian Church in America. The first dialogue between Anglicans and Moravians took place in the 1740s, with the British Parliament officially declaring the Moravians "an antient Protestant episcopal church" in 1749. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Church of England and the Moravian Church British Province engaged in a sustained theological dialogue, producing the Fetter Lane Common Statement in 1995.
The Episcopal Church-Moravian Church dialogue met from 1999-2007. In 2003, the two churches entered into interim eucharistic sharing. In 2009, the General Convention approved "Finding Our Delight in the Lord," a proposal for full communion between the two churches. The Moravian Church approved the proposal in 2010 at its provincial synods. The proposal, along with additional materials, can be found in the resource section below.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been in full communion with the Moravian Church since 1999, the same year it entered into a full communion relationship with the Episcopal Church.
On January 6, 2001, The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America entered into a relationship of full communion on the basis of the document "Called to Common Mission," culminating thirty years of dialogue with one another. In full communion both churches retain their autonomy and structures but agree to work together for joint mission and witness in the world. In accord with procedures established in "Called to Common Mission," clergy and laity may move freely between the two churches.
The "unidentified" editors in this article were Epsicopalians from California.
As the mainline Protestant denominations continue to dwindle, at some point I expect they will merge. Their divinity schools are already experiencing a dearth of students.
A friend’s term I am adopting. She calls many, ‘cultural Christians’. They are sticking with their denominations and political parties no matter the issues stance. Lukewarm, we are warned about. I have lukewarm problems some days too.
Who needs to go to church when they can get the latest SJW talking points just by turning on the MSM “news”?