"Go play your "outraged" role somewhere that will appreciate your dramatic flair. Such performances are no longer welcome here. I'm so tired of these people. From now on, I am declaring Jake's place as a "Network-free zone". At least on this tiny corner of the universe, their game ends now." On Wednesday, April 10th, he updated his essay to make it clear that he was speaking of the Network leadership. Fr. Jake's irritation and his willingness to step back from too broad a critique of all in the Network are both helpful and a witness to the problems that accrue when traveling about in Anglican blog land.
Susan Russell and I have proclaimed that our websites are not "Windsor Compliant" having decided that the crowd that constantly harps on the need for the Episcopal Church to be"Windsor Compliant" has no intention of making any effort to be so itself.
And now, after a long time coming, I have to say that I have had it with some of what is happening over on the Stand Firm site. One of its writers ends a testy article titled, "Evidence Of More Litigation Demands By the PB?" with the following,
"This should remove any doubt from any observer's mind that the national church cares one iota for ensuring the promotion of the Gospel. It amazes me that the Presiding Bishop and her followers can scream about social justice and peace but exhibiting those qualities within the church is anathema to them. When viewed objectively one wonders exactly how many copies of Mein Kampf one will find at 815. "
As far as I am concerned, this contains and is poison.
It is hard for me to say this. because the people at Stand Firm are often the first to have access to very useful information (at least useful to people in Anglican blog land). More, there are significant articles on the Stand Firm site that people across the ecclesial political spectrum ought to read. And, I must confess that some of the Stand Firm people I count as folk I'd like to know better, etc.
Still what is to be done in reference to the comment at the close of this piece? It does not stand alone. Other postings and many comments build on the opinion that the Presiding Bishop and the leadership of the Episcopal Church are evil and totally without Christian faith.
Indirect suggestions that what is being done by "815" is the work of folk who read Mein Kampf for direction, that is that the Episcopal Church leadership is following Hitler and his methods, is bad enough. But Stand Firm has also published an article by "Hills of the North" that ends,
"Let's put it more plainly, and say what few seem willing to say. If this is what what the Presiding Bishop believes is the Gospel, and this is what she believes Easter is about, then the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is not a Christian.
Statements suggesting that the Presiding Bishop is not a Christian or that the staff at 815 are guided by reading Hitler's Mein Kampf are mean spirited and poisonous.So in addition to being tired of the feigned outrage of the Network bishops, unmoved by the demands for Windsor compliance, it seems to me Stand Firm must be read with a warning label, "Caution, may contain poison." Future references to Stand Firm articles (and I admit I will have to make such references) will be accompanied, when I feel it necessary to warn readers, by this label.
Stand Firm has a feisty group of folk that comment regularly and some of these comments border on threats to the safety of the Presiding Bishop and other leaders of the Episcopal Church. Here is an example:
"Satan has come in human form many times throughout history—most recently in the likes of Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin and Idi Amin. Their kind of evil was easy to recognize as having come from the evil one.
Having looked at the increasingly venomous actions of KJS, I have come to believe that Satan has now come in the most frightening form of all—one who pretends to be Christian and who wears the garb of a shepherd while acting as the devouring wolf. I have not wanted to believe that this could be true, but the evidence is clear and continues to mount. Heresy and bald-faced lies abound. Her ego and thirst for power seem to know no bounds. The Father of Lies has found a willing dupe who should have a millstone hung about her neck as she is cast into the sea.
We have joked about Schoria law, the Presiding Litigator, the GCC and other terms of derision. But it is far more serious than even those thoughts suggest. This is a person who is leading a once Christian church astray and taking many people down the smoothly paved road to perdition. And unfortunately, the blame needs to be shared by the bishops of TEC who are either encouraging this evil or allowing it to go on and on. This has become a decade of shame for TEC."and this:
"Schori is the fruit of a tree whose roots have drawn the poison of faithlessness for decades. The tree is corrupt and must be destroyed root and branch."
We may from time to time have to reference Stand Firm and read its postings, but let the reader beware.
And yes, I know, to condemn others is to condemn myself. I am sure there are those who believe reading PRELUDIUM is bad for one's spiritual health.
There it is.
I believe that the people at Stand Firm and I at least can pray, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls." That being given, perhaps too we can pray for forgiveness from one another as well.