Episcopalians ask who should lead: church or culture?

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — As the Episcopal Church lifted a de facto ban on gay and lesbian bishops and appears headed toward adapting rites for same-sex unions, one question has repeatedly surfaced in the debates: Does the church takes its cues from the culture, or stand against it? Episcopal bishops gathered for the denomination’s General Convention […]

  • Mateus

    Romans 1

    21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

    24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

    26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

  • Joe

    I favor liberal social policies and see what the church is doing as gracious and in keeping with Christian values as I understand them, but my understanding is contrary to 2000 years of Christianity. What does the church believe any more? What does it stand for? When it reflects the ever-changing system of the world, it uproots itself from the Tradition in which Transcendence is communicated and experienced. Imminence is all that is left and neither the world or the church need any more of that. The leadership of the Episcopal Church may look up one day and find themselves having eroded their foundation to the point of not being able to distinguish their faith from a mere political party or club.

  • Vin

    It is sad when an institution supposedly dedicated to spreading the word of God, distort it to suit their own cultural purposes. It is not easy to maintain biblical morality in this current culture, but many have managed to rise above the immorality taught by certain denominations. I think their only purpose for existence is money. Why else would anyone jeapordize their soul? The saddest part is that they are pulling so many otherwise saved people down with them.