I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:6-9, KJV
Yet another lovely comment from the The Episcopal Church (TEC) — formerly the Episcopalian Church in the USA — specifically the Presiding Bishop, one Katharine Jefferts Schori. [see link].
At a convocation of the members of the Diocese of Quincy (Ill.), Ms. Jefferts Schori stated during Q&A time:
“‘…to insist Jesus is the only way to God is to “limit God.” She said that God is certainly at work in the lives of people in Jewish and Muslim communities […] ‘God is, at the very least, a mystery,’ Jefferts Schori said. ‘God’s intention is for a restored relationship with all humanity. My job is to proclaim the good news of Jesus, but I cannot deny God is not at work in other ways.'”
So the Presiding Bishop of TEC denied Jesus’ work on the cross and all the statements of Jesus and the disciples in Scripture, proclaiming Him the only way of salvation. Was the Diocese appalled by these statements? Was Ms. Jefferts Schori stoned out of or booed from the convocation?
“Cindy Ford, a member of Christ Church, Limestone, said the presiding bishop’s visit signaled a new day for the Diocese of Quincy […] Ford said she found the Presiding Bishop’s comments to be a ‘breath of fresh air’. ‘We have been cut off from the world,’ she said, referring to the previous leadership of the diocese, which sought to keep its members away from contact with varying viewpoints in the Episcopal Church that it did not consider ‘orthodox.'[…]
The Rev. Canon John Blossom agrees. He said that after being a priest in the Diocese of Quincy for 38 years and recently discovering ‘the breadth and resources of the Episcopal Church,’ he feels cheated […] ‘This is a new day in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Quincy,’ said Blossom. ‘It’s now time start loving each other instead of judging each other. It’s time to start renewing our mission and ministry and be about loving, learning and accepting.'”
Apparently, that means ‘loving, learning and accepting’ heresy. What a contrast to the Bereans, who studied the Scriptures to know if what they were taught was true!
I also love how discerning heresy is considered “judging”, even though we have been told to try the spirits:
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
I John 4:1-5
Please, Lord, open their ears. Let them hear Your Word, not what human wisdom they come up with themselves — and know the Truth — You.