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Baptism on the Chopping Block as Sacrament of Initiation into The Episcopal Church
Virtue Online ^ | 3/28/12 | Mary Ann Mueller

Posted on 04/03/2012 11:20:36 AM PDT by marshmallow

A jettisoning of the faith, one mis-action at a time

Little by little, the foundation of faith in The Episcopal Church is being reduced to ruins and the once grand colonial church of the Reformation is being progressively transformed into a social action agency. The latest proposed element to chip away at core Anglican beliefs is the Diocese of East Oregon's desire to offer Holy Communion to anyone who approaches the altar rail with their hands upraised. Baptism would not be a prerequisite. The Diocese of East Oregon has made it a matter of Communion without Baptism.

Apparently, it was the Delegates from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Ontario, Oregon who first proposed the Open Table Resolution.

"It would not have happened without a unanimous vote at Convention that this was the direction we wanted to go," reportedly said the Rev. Anna R. Carmichael, rector of St. Mark's, in Hood River, Oregon. It seems she prepared the document that will go to General Convention. "This was the work of many people."

Since the earliest of times, it has been the understanding, tradition and practice of the entire Christian Church to see Baptism as the first sacrament to be celebrated in the life of a new Christian. Baptism, therefore, is the foundation upon which the other sacraments and rites, including Holy Communion, are based.

The Episcopal Church already has a generous policy of Open Communion. Any baptized Christian in good standing in their own denomination is welcome to receive Communion at an Episcopal Church. However, there are limitations to that Open Communion rule as outlined in the Disciplinary Rubrics of the Book of Communion Prayer.

Those rubrics include denying Communion to anyone known to live a notoriously evil life, to those who have wronged their neighbors and are a scandal to..........

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TOPICS: Mainline Protestant; Theology
KEYWORDS: cult; fauxchristians; gaychurch; homosexualagenda; icky; playingchurch; satanic; sick

1 posted on 04/03/2012 11:20:45 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

The Episcopal Church is a non-Christian cult. They mainly worship homosexual sex, but additionally also try to erode traditional Christian beliefs and mock the Gospel. For example, their Presiding Bishopess prays to Mother Jesus. They also belief in Satanic rituals such as worshiping the Labyrinth.

2 posted on 04/03/2012 11:31:35 AM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: marshmallow

I left the Episcopal Church long long ago

3 posted on 04/03/2012 11:31:56 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: marshmallow

They also perform homosexual unions (i.e., the Black Mass) in their churches.

4 posted on 04/03/2012 11:38:38 AM PDT by kaehurowing
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I know an Episcopal priest through a friend. Have been to one of her services due to a baptism.

Her chief area of concern is allowing homosexuals to marry. This might be due to her eldest son being a homosexual. Sadly, the other son is an alcoholic.

5 posted on 04/03/2012 11:46:11 AM PDT by warsaw44
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To: marshmallow

Sad to see once-Christian denominations going pagan, or going Chrislam.

6 posted on 04/03/2012 12:13:38 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: kaehurowing

Katherine Hancock Ragsdale (born c. 1959) is an American Episcopal Priest based in Massachusetts and President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA

She is an American Progressive, and was a priest at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Pepperell, part of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Ragsdale has served for 17 years on the national board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

She is also on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America, The White House Project, the Progressive Religious Partnership, as well as the bi-national advisory board of the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence. She presented to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in 2004.

She has called abortion a “blessing” to women.

There really is no more that needs to be said about the state of this “Church.”

7 posted on 04/03/2012 12:37:09 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: PGR88

Egad! ‘Nuff said!

8 posted on 04/03/2012 12:44:02 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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this is what happens when you have the ability as a denomination to read into sacred scripture, whatever you like.....the lack of a true authority to rein in eisegesis is the culprit, time and time again....

9 posted on 04/03/2012 12:45:05 PM PDT by raygunfan
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To: marshmallow

If the Episcos held a baptism the recipient would likely drown from exhaustion before they could get around to completing it. They spend so much time looking in mirrors to see of all of their regal accoutrements are in order it’s a wonder they ever get home. Went to a ‘pisco wedding once; I thinks it’s almost over by now.

10 posted on 04/03/2012 12:45:58 PM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: raygunfan

Yeah, those bible thumpin Episcopal Priestesses always quoting scripture to push the homosexual agenda /s

11 posted on 04/03/2012 1:16:15 PM PDT by Augustinian monk ("If I had a birth certificate, it would look like Trayvon's")
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To: warsaw44
I...the other son is an alcoholic.

That seems like a wholly rational reaction to his mother's sad vocational choice.

12 posted on 04/03/2012 1:24:46 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: marshmallow

This is no surprise. And if such a measure fails this year, it will be approved in the not too distant future. These things are to be expected.

After all the outrages of the last couple of decades most of the Christians have either departed or been forced from the Episcopal Church. The “clergy” that remains are simply catering to their current customer base, who are no longer communicants in the historical sense of the word. If said clergy do not bother to preach Christ, the Christ of the Holy Scriptures, anymore, why would anyone expect them to have any qualms about ditching baptism?

For them the main task is to serve these customers in such a way as to make sure the automatic salary transfers keep coming into their bank accounts (for the biblically challenged, that would be having chosen to serve mammon rather than God or seeing 30 pieces of silver as greater treasure than Christ).

Maybe they could work a new and more relevant holy day into the Holy Week schedule: the feast of St. Judas Iscariot.

13 posted on 04/03/2012 2:39:49 PM PDT by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Augustinian monk

it is the fact that these types of churches refuse to acknowledge the scripture that speaks out against homosexuality, i.e. by omission, they give permission.

14 posted on 04/03/2012 6:54:34 PM PDT by raygunfan
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To: marshmallow; Nifster

who cares what the piskies do anymore? They’re not Christian anymore

15 posted on 04/05/2012 1:05:26 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Secret Agent Man

‘chrislam’ is a sham. There is zero compatibility between Christianity and Islam. Islam has Jesus in the Koran saying that He is not God. This goes agains thte basic tenet of Christianity. Jehovahs Witnesses and Islam can merge, but Chrislam is not possible

16 posted on 04/05/2012 1:08:19 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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