Friday, April 11, 2008

The Pathetic Weakness of the Episcopal Religion.

There's always been something, beneath the level of my conscious mind, that bothers me about The Episcopal cHURCH ... and it has nothing to do with human sexuality. In fact, it doesn't even have anything to do with Scriptural Authority.

It was this article by Quin Hillyer that alerted me to what it was ... that, and the other catch-phrases today's Episco-pagans like to use. Hillyer's article stated, in part:

Go to the national church website, and the site map doesn't even include the word "Creed" -- not Nicene, not Apostles' -- because almost nothing in the national church seems focused on internal spiritual beliefs. To quote one of the site's featured mini-essays (a highly representative example), "It's not about having answers as much as it is about engaging a story ..."

Would you hire a plumber who told you upfront, right on his website: Plumbing is not so much about stopping leaks, as it is about engaging drainwater?

No, you would not.

Here again from Episcopal Life (which is an oxymoron, when you think of it), is the Presiding Bishop's take on the literal Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead:

Asked about the literal story of Easter and the Resurrection, Jefferts Schori said, "I think Easter is most profoundly about meaning, not mechanism."

There it is again ... The Episcopal cHURCH is not about answers, not about facts, or mechanisms or Creeds ... no, those are too hard to manipulate to TEc's evil ends. No, TEc is all about squishy meaning, it is about "engaging a story", it is about "living into the contradiction".

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of hearing this crap about "living into" this or that, about engaging a story, about myth-over-mechanism, of crafting my own faith, and writing my own life narrative! I'm hungry for a God who will Sovereignly swoop down and ravish a sinner like me, so that I will be changed into a mighty reflection of His own strong glory!

And there it is, the hidden thing that bothered me about the Episcopal religion: It is just so pathically, damnably weak!
Here is a brief spy shot from the gym locker room ... 14 weeks out from my bodybuilding contest: