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(Flashback to 2003) Christian History Corner: Our Brothers and Sisters, the Episcopalians
Christianity Today ^ | posted 10/03/2003 | By Chris Armstrong

Posted on 10/18/2005 1:01:04 AM PDT by NZerFromHK

The fast-growing liberal-conservative rift within the Episcopal Church has dominated the headlines of late, along with the rancorous exchanges between liberal Episcopalians and conservatives in world Anglicanism. But who are the Episcopalians? And why does their Church-of-England tradition matter in America?

To understand Episcopalianism, you need to know that it arose from the Church of England, or Anglicanism. Remember? —that's the church that divided from Roman Catholicism when Henry VIII needed a quickie divorce. OK, but what are they like? How do they worship? What do they believe?

First impressions of this worldwide communion only confuse: Some Anglicans are into "smells and bells"—the whole panoply of high-church worship. Others do without the trappings. Some take their Bibles with a higher-critical grain of salt and focus on social rather than personal modes of ministry. Others are warmly evangelical, kind of like John Wesley and his Methodists (and there were always Anglican members and ministers who were just as evangelical as the Methodists—stay tuned for our Spring 2004 issue on John Newton, the writer of "Amazing Grace"). Apparently, there's a lot of latitude within this world church.

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TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; History; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: anglican; anglicanchurch; chrisarmstrong; christianitytoday; ecusa; episcopal; episcopalian
Although the article was written mroe than two years ago, looking at things today much of the gist still applies.

In particular, these paragraphs merit highlighting:

"From the long perspective, the Episcopal Church's current battle bears real resemblance to a certain stand of General Custer. Evangelicals may tend to take a kind of perverse pleasure from this: "Those liberal so-and-so's are getting what's coming to them." But given Anglicanism's signature values of moderation in religious conflict, willingness to hear and work within the surrounding culture, and nourishment from the historical tradition of the church, more thoughtful Christian observers may wish to delay the party.

We may want to stop and ask, "What will America lose if this venerable church experiences the kind of violent gutting that now seems all but inevitable?"

Alien though their tradition may seem to many conservative Christians, our Episcopal brothers and sisters are part of the body of Christ. And as a church, they may soon be lying by the side of the road, mortally wounded—like the man waylaid in Christ's parable of the Good Samaritan. God help us not to pass them by with a sneer, but to recognize and act on our common bond in Christ."

1 posted on 10/18/2005 1:01:06 AM PDT by NZerFromHK
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2 posted on 10/18/2005 1:01:38 AM PDT by NZerFromHK (HK Chinese by birth, NZer by adoption, US conservatism in politics, born-again Christian in faith.)
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When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be, when we all see Jesus.....
But until then, afraid it will get worse, all the apostasy, many left by the roadside, sad and lonely their fellowships have abondoned them for the love of the world and the things God abhors. May they not be their long but may someone find them quickly and carry them to a good and loving place for fellowship quickly...

Hey, I love this Chris Rice song, don't listen to to much contemporary but this one is so beautiful...
Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don't be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can't contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!
3 posted on 10/18/2005 5:57:29 AM PDT by Esther Ruth (I have loved thee with an EVERLASTING LOVE, Jeremiah 31:3 Genesis 12:1-3)
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Thanks to NZerFromHK:

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Resource for Traditional Anglicans:

Humor: The Anglican Blue (by Huber)

Speak the truth in love. Eph 4:15

4 posted on 10/18/2005 9:44:19 AM PDT by sionnsar (†† || (To Libs:) You are failing to celebrate MY diversity! || Iran Azadi)
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A novel perspective - Episcopalianism needs to be preserved because it contributes to that gorgeous mosaic of American theo-diversity. Lol! What is particularly striking is the writer's perspective that high church traditions are exotic - as though syrupy praise songs accompanied by synthesized strings, large screen tv's, excessive hairspray and puppet shows aren't? Does the fact that we went through a period of rebellion against anything that smacked of tradition mean that anything that has been done for more than a hundred years is now more exotic than the latest innovation? Undoubtedly, some worship styles of today will age no better than the leisure suits of the 70's. There is much to be said for tradition - things that stand the test of time.

The author has, through pretensiousness, unwittingly created satire.

5 posted on 10/18/2005 3:24:51 PM PDT by Huber (It is time for the emergence of a strong Conservative leader!)
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If I recall, Christianity Today is also adamant against the fad-driven shallow worships in many evangelical churches today. The article was written for the group of Christians that come from conservative Baptist or evangelical churches that has old-time hymns (well, they aren't as old as Anglican hymns to be sure but most are no newer than 80 years old) and emphasis on expository preaching. It is normal for pastors in these churches to organize topics like salvation, sin nature, or even a conductive preaching on Books of the Bible in such churches.
6 posted on 10/18/2005 4:50:48 PM PDT by NZerFromHK (HK Chinese by birth, NZer by adoption, US conservatism in politics, born-again Christian in faith.)
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