Episcopal church on the decline

According to the Associated Press report, once large denominations are either losing members or experienced no growth in the past year.  While the article did not say the decline was specifically attributed to denominational leadership support of homosexuality, it did note that the Episcopal Church suffered the sharpest drop in membership.

The Episcopal Church, locked in a conflict over the Bible and homosexuality, suffered the steepest decline, reporting a more than 4 percent drop to slightly fewer than 2.2 million members. Another mainline Protestant group, the 3 million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), facing similar divisions, suffered a 2.4 percent membership decrease.”

The article was based on statistics reported in the 2008 yearbook produced by the National Council of Churches.

This news comes as Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori “invalidated” the election of a South Carolina bishop on the grounds he refused to accept her liberal theology [source]. Using a voting technicality, Schori denied Bishop Mark Lawrence’s election although he received one more vote than required. This makes the fourth bishop she has taken negative action against for refusing to accept homosexuality as normal. The last time an action like this was taken against an Episcopal bishop was more than seventy years ago.

Schori has become increasing hostile and vindictive towards dissident clergy in her church  over the issue of homosexuality.

See our related articles on Jefferts Schori and the Episcopal church here


5 thoughts on “Episcopal church on the decline

  1. I feel bad for the Bible-believing Episcopals but am hopeful that their experience causes the middle ground Methodists to firm up and stop the slide to Sodom. (Sadly, though, it didn’t push Kirbyjon Caldwell that direction. I’m still shocked and saddened by that situation).

  2. Thank you Phil for that link. Im glad for him and for South Carolina.

    This is about getting men faithful to the scriptures in position to offset the slide into apostasy.

  3. I read in the article that the conservatives (faithful) Episcopalians are the minority. But I congratulate the ones who are fighting for the soul of their church.

    Neil, I am very dissapointed with Caldwell as I have been every time I hear of a minister failing to just stand up for what is right.

    To me its not just about homosexuality, but I wonder if they fall on their faces on this issue today, what will they do tomorrow?

    And what message are they sending to other “successful” pastors.

    It would have been encouraging for him to just say its a needed ministry and that he agrees with the biblical position.


  4. I guess in Caldwell’s case and I give in the benefit of the doubt in saying, “Evil prospers when good men do nothing.” Then again he did do something, be coward under pressure in order to promote Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.

    To make known, I could cared less whom Caldwell publicly endorsed. But to not stand faithful to the biblical witness and not take heat from Obama’s gay activist supporters was troubling.

    Is there to correlation between black pastors supporting Obama or Clinton and compromising positions regarding homosexuality. Well I don’t necessarily believe so, though it seems some African American clergy have.

    Nevertheless who ends up in office is under the auspices of the sovereignty of God. The next president requires more of the Church’s prayers than criticism of their theological stances. Balaam or Obama’s heart is still in the hands of the King and He can turn it to whatever way He wills.

    As for bishop Schiori, I’m just learning to pray for her dear soul because she and her fellow Episcopalians really need my prayers.

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