Inconsistency Kills

As this editorial proves, if churches such as the Church of England or the Episcopal Church think they can get away with ordaining men and women(!) who are not celibate, and then tell them they can’t get “married,” they will not long be able to survive with the inconsistency. It is either stand firm and take the fire, or concede ground and lose the war. There can be no compromise with unrepentant (that’s the key word here) sinners who want the full rights and benefits of leaders in the church. I predict that the elcA will also lose this battle, namely, trying to have it both ways.

Timotheos

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6 thoughts on “Inconsistency Kills

  1. But they aren’t *fighting* the war. The inconsistency is the idea. The position it puts the church in is so untenable that once the camel’s nose of non-celibate, non-married clergy is in the tent, you can point to the inconsistency as an excuse to open ordination to *all* non-celibate, non-married (read: actively gay) clergy.

    The inconsistency is quite deliberate- and I predict that it will be quite effective in achieving its aim, which is nothing more or less than the acceptance of actively gay clergy.

  2. I agree with you. I think there are some who are attempting to fight the forces arrayed against them; but I agree: they are fighting a battle that was over before it began.

    Tim

  3. E[-L]CA has been “dealing” (not) with this almost since their inception. Way back in the early ’80s, they tried telling gay seminary students that they wouldn’t be ordained unless they would promise to be celibate. Immediately two of them raised a public stink about “double standards” (straight candidates were never told such a thing!) and the church was immediately embroiled in a knotty problem, one that continues to plague them.

  4. Just came across your site today. As for the “celibacy” issue, you are right ALL non-married people should be celibate. For me it goes deeper than that, many people out there think they called to be a “priest or minister, pastor” and most of them do not have any annointing upon them at all. Both the Episcopal and The Lutheran Churches in my eyes are dying and while there are still some embers still glowing here and there too many people are trying to blow on the embers to keep the fire going but nobody wants to do what is necesary to figure out why the fire went out in the first place and to fix the problem

  5. To clarify: the elcA is not representative of all Lutheran churches. I do not think the LCMS is dying. But, what do you think is necessary to “figure out why the fire went out in the first place and to fix the problem”?

    Tim

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