03 November 2006

Too small a box for God?

I have a long history with opposing the Concordat /CCM between the Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Our failure to derail it is part of the reason I am no longer in the ELCA. Why? you ask.

Here is the opinion of the new Presiding Bishop of the ECUSA (now called The Episcopal Church as they prepare to break with Canterbury - or get kicked out.)

Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori -- who is to be installed on Saturday as the first female presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA -- stated that Christians should not say that Jesus is the only way to God. "If we insist we know the one way to God," she said, "we've put God in a very small box."

In John 14:6, Jesus -- in responding to a question posed by the disciple Thomas -- said: "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." But Jefferts-Schori says she disagrees with the idea that salvation comes only through trusting in Jesus Christ. "It's this sense that one person can have the fullness of truth in him or herself, rather than understanding that truth is -- like God -- more than any one person can encompass," stated the soon-to-be ECUSA leader.

Jefferts-Schori says she views salvation as the healing of all Creation through holy living.

In otherwords, it is all about works righteousness.

We are not putting God in a small box when we believe his word; our sin has put us in one, and there is only one way out.

The ECUSA / TEC is not a Christian organization anymore. God help those many fine Chrstians who are stuck in it.


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