The New York Times has an article on this movement within the Episcopal Church. There is already a group in the Methodist Church that has had enough of “accomodationism” that uses the diversity argument to argue for the inclusion of all types of perversion. Now this Episcopal group is choosing to leave and take their property with them. They are leaving the churches that seem to be in a headlong rush to accomodate any kind of unrepentant sin in the name of “diversity”. Some day they may see the error of their ways but, I’m afraid, not before they rip the churches apart and seriously inhibit their outreach. The whole exercise may be therapeutic, however. It is causing more and more Christian churches to re-evaluate what and who they are, as well as why.
There are also some stalwarts, such as the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod that are persevering in this area. There has not been a major question ever about the question of homosexual accomodation. However, the LC-MS is tearing itself apart over other strawmen that are being set up by the “confessional” (I prefer to call them “confusional”) folks. They have a network that operates as a de facto church-within-a-church and counters the national leadership with alternative workshops, regional meetings and even searches for new clergy. Instead of being thankful for the consistency of doctrine and practice that they have, they are scheming to gain more political power that they lost when their “champion” Al Barry died and was replaced with Jerry Kieschnick. Their adversarial relationship with the national church body is depleting the resources within the church and is giving an adverse witness to the members and potential converts. The confusionals are, almost without exception, not avid outreach oriented people. They are consumed with their reaching for the brass ring of power in the Synod. There is not enough time left after their power grabbing exercises to do much outreach or plan for it, even if it were a priority which it is not. Their attraction to people in the church is through fear. Basically fear of change masked by concern over some diminution of “confessionalism” which term, I daresay, could not be explained by most of the followers of this church-within-a-church.
This will only deepen until the church dissipates itself because many of the evangelical clergy and the national leaders are in a state of denial about these people and their affect. Or they think they will go away if the evangelicals adopt a little Johnny Sunshine attitude about the confusionals and their actions. There need to be more clergy that join Herman Otten and Jack Cascione – throwing barbs from the outside.