Another One Bites the Dust

"It was a painful separation; we had a large number of folk who wanted to stay behind and did. The original church was 600 with some 300 including nine of the 11 vestry electing to move with me. We walked away from a valuable property barely three years old with new gothic stone worth millions. It was very painful for me personally, but I saw that the gospel could not be compromised any longer. Truth had to triumph over institutional loyalty. The sad truth is that many Episcopalians, have become Gnostics and think they are the center of revelation, not God, and feel perfectly easy about changing things as they see that move them. I could not."

This is a story that we see across the country. Episcopalians are leaving their dioceses in droves, aligning themselves with the African Episcopalian Church and leaving the American Episcopalian church to its silly, leftist politics. Of course it would be preferable if we could all just get along. But the real strength of the church is that its rules allow individual congregations to leave if they don't feel the hierarchy is responsive to their needs.

In Virginia, the exiting congregations are taking millions of dollars and of lots of real estate with them. The diocese has taken them to court, but their case doesn't look good. The precepts of the church are pretty clear on the matter. A simply majority in any congregation can vote to hit the road and take their property with them.

This is what happens when lefties take over. People with traditional values, or in this case, just a belief in the Trinity, simply leave. My grandfather, quite a wealthy guy, rewrote his will just before his death so that his money wouldn't go to the radical Pennsylvania diocese. Unfortunately, because it was during the Carter years, his money mostly went to the IRS.

But with these Episcopalians increasingly voting with their feet, maybe there is some hope for the church in the long run. And it is certainly interesting that conservative Episcopalians are aligning themselves with Africans. There is some kind of sweet revenge in that.