As more and more of the Body of Christ slides further into apostasy in an effort to appear “relevant” and appeal to liberal lukewarm Christians, the Pittsburgh Episcopal Diocese took a stand for the Gospel yesterday:
Pittsburgh churches more closely aligned with Anglicans worldwide
MONROEVILLE, Pa. – Clergy and lay members of the theologically conservative Pittsburgh diocese voted overwhelmingly Saturday to break from the liberal Episcopal Church.
Of 159 clergy who voted, 121 favored leaving and 33 opposed, with five voters abstaining or casting disqualified ballots. The lay vote was closer, with 119 of 191 lay deputies voting for the split, 69 voting against and three abstaining.
Asst. Bishop Henry Scriven said the vote means the Pittsburgh diocese is now more firmly aligned with the majority of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion, which is more conservative than the communion’s 2.2 million-member U.S. church.
The Pittsburgh diocese is one of several that disagrees with the U.S. church on Biblical teachings on salvation and other issues, including homosexuality.
Clergy and lay members on both sides were impassioned before Saturday’s vote. Several opposed to splitting from the national church acknowledged disagreeing with its more liberal teachings — including a more “inclusive” salvation that doesn’t rely on Christ’s crucifixion alone.
Here is the statement that perfectly summarizes the Diocese’s decision to align with the more conservative Anglican Union:
“The church became as gray as the culture,” said Alison McFarland, who voted for the split. “Undefined Christianity became the problem, and now the church is indistinguishable from the world.”
AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!
As “Christians” rush to embrace the world in order to “try and win them over”, we end up conforming and looking more and more like them.
Thank God through Jesus Christ that there are still those out there who will defend the TRUE GOSPEL – even when it means separating from those who won’t.