A communications manager doesn't think it was smart for the
Episcopal Church to essentially strip its South Carolina bishop of
his ministry credentials for taking a stand for biblical principles
Officials with the national church have "inhibited" Bishop Mark
Lawrence, taking away his clearance to perform ministry functions
for 60 days -- the time allotted for him to respond to allegations
having to do with the division between the liberal, dominate
faction of the church and biblically based members like himself. In
response, his diocese has severed its relationship with the
Jeff Walton of The Institute on
Religion & Democracy (IRD) tells OneNewsNow the move began
as the Episcopal Church approved same-sex blessings and embraced
transgenderism, among other things.
"The diocese separated itself from those actions and says,
We don't recognize this and We're not going to
participate in many of the different functions of the broader
church that are proclaiming what Bishop Lawrence referred to as a
'false gospel of indiscriminate inclusivity,'" Walton
He is certain the House of Bishops will convene later and
defrock Lawrence, undoubtedly leading to a multimillion-dollar
court battle over ownership of church properties.
"I think the Episcopal Church has really shot itself in the foot
by doing this," the IRD spokesman comments. "They're losing one of
their larger, more vibrant dioceses. Indeed this diocese is one of
the few that's posted growth in recent years, and there is just
nothing that the liberal leadership of the Episcopal Church is
really gaining by effectively forcing this diocese out the
Walton does not believe the national office wants to tolerate
the type of public dissent displayed by South Carolina.
The list of pastors willing to challenge the Internal Revenue
Service's rules for maintaining tax-exempt status is growing in
advance of Pulpit Freedom Sunday this weekend.