I was forwarded the following letter from a Reformed Episcopal minister to his ECUSA (Episcopal Church in the United States) counterpart in the same city.
I watched via the Internet and news broadcasts the General Convention of ECUSA with great interest. I am very sorry for the results.
Several of the resolutions that passed in Columbus will impair our fellowship. Specifically, those resolutions calling the Holy Scriptures anti-Jewish, anti-women, and oppressive of people by their race, class gender, and sexuality. Are they? If the Scriptures cannot be seen as the rule by which Christians judge their actions, then what is the alternative ethically, theologically, personally?
Then, the failure to heed the Primates and their pastoral call to repentance, and refusing the meet the demands of the Windsor Report. Isn’t this rebellion? Why should your parishes listen to you or your Presiding Bishop? Doesn’t this make ECUSA little more than well-dressed Baptists, or worse?
But most importantly, ECUSA’s rejection of Jesus Christ in His unique and exclusive claims of salvation (Acts 4:12?). And, refusing to affirm His substitutionary atonement on the cross for us. (Isa. 53?) And, refusing to affirm the responsibility of the Church to evangelize in Jesus’ name. It seems that ECUSA was seeking it’s own Mars Hill, and it’s own altar to the Unknown God, unlike St. Paul.
While I would enjoy discussing General Convention with you, your church has taken a position like Peter by the fire, prior the crucifixion; of denial of the Christ. Such good could have come from our Christian fellowship. I am, as I said at the beginning, sorry. For now, following the Primates in repentance seems the wisest course.
Your friend and brother,