Good Morning To All:
This post is going to be one of the hardest post that I have ever written but it must be written in my only words. I was Baptist and Confirmed in The Episcopal Church. This was of course back about 35 to 55 years ago. My family went to The Episcopal Church, and I grew to know who Jesus Christ was and why he died on the cross. I stayed with The Episcopal Church until 1988, with a few visits after words, but I basically broke away from the church around 1991. Knowing what I do today to what I knew 30 years ago I would not call The Episcopal Church a Christian Church in any shape or form. St John writes in the book of Revelation 2:4 which reads "4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first." I do realize that Jesus was talking with the church at Ephesus, but I have to believe that there is a message to today's church's from church's 2000 years ago, and that The Episcopal Church has turned from Jesus in a big way.
I would like to know look at the reasons why I could not with a clear conscious stay a member of The Episcopal Church. The very first one is the ordination of woman priest or woman bishops in the ministry. I would like to look at Genesis 2:19-22, which reads "19 Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man." If you see in ver 19 that it was the man Adam that named all of God's animals, women was not created at this point and time. If you look in ver 20 you see that God did not see a helper for Adam, Adam was on his own. At this point in time God gave Adam a helper in the form of a woman, Eve. God did not create Eve first he made her last and to be a helper. In a True Christian family the man is the head of the household, if a wife was to be the head of the household then God would have Created Eve first and not Adam. I believe that this is the way it should be in a good Christian church, the man not the woman is suppose to be the head member of a church. The Episcopal Church is not following this man headship roll. The Episcopal Church ordained the first woman priest, Jacqueline Means on January 1, 1977. The second big ordination that I call a major sin was on November 4, 2006 with the promotion of Katharine Jefferts Schori to be the Presiding Bishop in The Episcopal Church. It was bad enough that she became a priest then a bishop in the church not alone the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church.
Before I give my second reason for leaving I would like to look at Leviticus 20:13 which reads "13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them." My second reason is in a name of Vicki Gene Robinson he is an open gay bishop that was ordained bishop on November 2, 2003. Vicki Gene Robinson is doing wrong in the eyes of God the Father and I would believe that when Jesus Christ comes for the second coming then people like Gene Robinson would get there day in court.
The Episcopal Church is going against God's word the Holy Bible and they are stoping churches that want to teach the bible the way it should be taught. I pray for any church that wants to break a way so they can teach the Holy Bible and not the holy Episcopal Churches way of teaching.
Before I finish I would like to add one verse from the new testament. It is Acts 6:1-6 which reads "1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them." If you noticed that all these servents of the early church where all male not female. I leave you with this though, what would the church be like today if all our churches stayed with male servants.
Until later have a good day.