Thats right, another Episcopal congregation, recognizing that the national church is beyond repair and hell bent on the forced acceptance of homosexuality after its installation of a homosexual bishop in 2003, has left.
According to a story in the Hartford Courant, the former ChristChurch, founded in 1764, left with tears of joy and hope for a brighter future apart from the persecution they endured at the hands of the national Episcopal rulers led by the Queen Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.
Unable to go “further in a church that continued in a false gospel,” the entire congregation, including the rector and church leaders, will sever ties with the national Episcopal Church and reform under a new name: New Hope Anglican Church. One of the “Connecticut six,” the half-dozen churches in the state diocese that disagree with national leadership on departure of scripture, including the appointment of a gay bishop, the congregation will trade its historic building on the town green for a free community room at the Thomaston Savings Bank around the corner.
What a brave church. As we have said before, this scenario occuring in the Episcopal church is a shadow of what will happen under the rule of the antichrist. When he comes to power, he along with the false prophet and the beast will set up his image in the temple and force its worship. The Episcopal church is unwittingly giving us a chilling snapshot of what this will be like. Only under the antichrist’s rule, there will be no escape to worship freely elsewhere.
The church was founded under the Church of England in 1764. In 2003, Benedict and several other Connecticut rectors clashed with Connecticut Bishop Andrew D. Smith, who supported the naming of V. Gene Robinson as New Hampshire’s bishop. Robinson is gay. Benedict and Christ Church leaders also feel the national church is rejecting scriptural authority and traditions of the church.”
As other local congregations fight the repressive false doctrine of the national church, they are discovering the church has employed a vengeful tactic: strip them of all their possessions and property before they leave. Courts are ruling in favor of the national church which seeks to punish the local parishes for refusing to submit to their authority. Churches in northern Florida are experiencing simular persecution at the hands of Florida bishop Samuel Howard who voted for the consecration of Vicky Gene Robinson.