Skip to comments.It's official: Episcopal Church's COO says Katharine Jefferts Schori has Abolished Sin
Posted on 01/04/2014 9:36:01 PM PST by ReformationFan
NEW YORK CITY, NY --- The Episcopal Church's COO, Bishop Stacy Sauls announced this week that Katharine Jefferts Schori, the church's Presiding Bishop, had "abolished sin" after well-known intellectual and gay theological heavy-weight Bishop Gene Robinson wrote that she had effectively done so through her words and beliefs.
The exchange took place following a meeting of Integrity, the rambunctious, noisy Episcopal Gay organization, following a night on the town (NYC) that was described by one participant as "a night of unbridled debauchery and lechery" in memory of the now deceased Bishop Otis Charles, the first outed gay TEC bishop.
The Episcopal News Service featured the story in a headline titled "Katharine's Revolution: She has abolished sin". Another cyber front page story "Otis Charles Rises from the Dead to Denounce Sodomy" was taken down fearing a backlash from HOB/D listserv and Integrity readers.
Former Newark Bishop John Shelby Spong applauded her theological bravery saying that she had broken down the middle wall of a partition that separated atheist from theist, agnostic from Gnostic, gay from straight, and bi-sexual from any other sexuality, as yet unnamed.
Speaking for herself, the Presiding Bishop said, "I no longer see the point of sin, it's all really rather passé and boring. The church has legitimized most forms of sexual expression so there is really no such thing as sexual sin unless of course you cheat on your wife with another woman and God help you then. Of course if it is with another man that's okay. We are a church of infinite inclusion. Think Bede Parry. Mind you if a corporation won't give its employees health care benefits because they can't afford it, all I can say is that they can expect the judgment of God to strike, probably after President Obama leaves office."
Jefferts Schori said she arrived at her view that sin effectively no longer exists because God's mercy and forgiveness are "eternal".
One orthodox bishop, the Rt. Rev. William Love of Albany told VOL that "this affirmation that Bishop Jefferts Schori has abolished sin" is wrong.
"Those who know their bibles know that sin exists and our repeated actions as sinners only confirm that. If the PB thinks she is without sin then she would be 'like God' knowing good from evil but abolishing the evil part." That's a non-starter, he said.
He went on to say that her spending of more than $22 million on property lawsuits is sinful, even evil, but would not go public with this suggestion as he might face presentment charges from a few clergy who have also abolished sin, having eliminated it from their sermons altogether.
There were other fears expressed by some that the Presiding Bishop is rumored to be on the brink of eliminating God altogether but that she fears a backlash from the Unitarian Universalist Association for copyright infringement.
Pretty close to real if its meant as satire.
BY the way, does Joel Osteen ever mention sin?
Almost had me....
“BY the way, does Joel Osteen ever mention sin?”
I don’t watch or listen enough to him to know. Life is short and I’d rather listen to a preacher who does like John MacArthur or R.C. Sproul.
It took me a few seconds to realize the Episcopalians are insane, but not that insane.
Good read though. It's close enough to what the liberal church believes, that it wouldn't surprise me if this is picked up as "news".
Satire or accurate depiction of the current day Episcopal church?
Is this satire?
Some of the “mainstream” protestant denominations have been moving in this direction for sometime. Because sin is such a judgemental and negative word. It just wounds people to tell them they have sin in their life and hurt feelings might cause them to stop attending church and filling the offering plate so sin must never be acknowledged which makes Jesus’ work on the cross a triviality because a God that loves unconditionally would never banish someone to Hell.
Those churches offer a belief system of lollipops and cotton candy where the Heavenly Fa, um, Parent just dispatches love and angels to everyone with no expectation of any corrective behavior necessary.
Obviously, one must make a huge alteration of the Bible to make it agree with this belief system but they’re working on that too. How Satan rejoices over them.
not in any way that actually convicts one - that only ‘divides’ and alienates people from good-feeling megachurches - and that means they stop attending and money goes bye-bye.
At the end of the day the final stages of decay for non-Catholic Christian denominations will have finally rotted their beliefs because it was heresy from beginning to end. Gays and Lesbians are already Bishops in many Lutherans and Anglican denominations to say nothing of the Black Churches. There is no central doctrine that hold these affiliations together. They all have the “liberty” to crack open the pages of any scriptural passage and give it their “own” PC interpretation or what that makes their audience comfortable like the vulgar peddlers of the prosperity Gospel.
The ECUSA use to be a beautiful church until the gays and other assorted perverts took over.
I was the senior warden at the oldest Episcopal church in west Tennessee (1832). The gays took over that and most other Episcopal churches. I left, and have since been only in Catholic churches (Slovakia and Philippines).
The vast majority of members..cradle Episcopalians..do not agree with the radical agenda of the leadership, but inertia...and a near- lifetime of attendance at the same church won't "let" them up and leave. But giving is way down..
There’s no money in condemning sin.
I did not leave the PECUSA or TEC or whatever name they have on their expensive real estate housing their ‘executive’ offices, that non-church left me! My view is that this is Swiftian satire, the truth is there! As for the ‘clergy’ leading them, I will not judge but there is one who will!
Not all. There are plenty of Protestant denominations that are conservative and biblically correct without the heresies of the roman catholic church. Remove the log from your own eye before you start painting all non catholics as apostate.
I would think a moderator’s job description would be sure that satire is so labeled here at FR. I enjoy the satire when so-labeled. Too many people believe we post truth at FR... Bad when we get tricked by the satire and get nailed by a liberal with the facts. The Colorado marijuana overdose story got repeated from FR and we lost some credibility for it. However, In this case, as a former Episcopalian, I believe whatever anyone says about that “church”.
"God's light and God's life ooze over me like warm butter." - an actual icky quote from the bishop
TEC, the uncomfortable acronym for The Episcopal Church, has been used to describe their “repurposed” function of worshiping pagan deities.
Thanatos, the god of death.
Erabos, the god of primeval darkness.
Chaos, the shapeless goddess of empty space and confusion.
And pray tell me as to how would you know that all these “plenty” of Protestant denominations are all “Biblically correct”?
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Excellent tag line.
He said lack of greed is a sin.
lack of motivation to better yourself might be a sin (God helps those who helps themselves) but lack of greed... nope