The Episcopal Church continues its vindictive rampage against any church refusing to accept the spiritually illegal rule of Bishop Vickie Gene Robinson.
From a Truth Ministry Press Release
“The ripples from a worldwide trend have reached our city. The Episcopal Church, the American branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, is in the midst of turmoil over its view of homosexuality. This is causing difficulties for Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is struggling to sustain unity in his denomination. This turmoil has intensified since Gene Robinson, who is openly living in a homosexual relationship, was consecrated as Bishop in 2003. Many churches, including an Episcopal church in Spartanburg, SC, have been devastated by this situation.
Spartanburg’s St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, led by Father George Gray, made the decision to maintain a conservative position regarding homosexuality and the Bible. They have stated that the Bible names homosexuality as sinful behavior from which a person can be redeemed and healed. St. Christopher’s has been the only Episcopal church that supported Truth Ministry, a Spartanburg-based, Christian ministry offering counsel and support for those affected by unwanted homosexuality. Since the Episcopal denomination in large part is continuing to move toward a more liberal view, St. Christopher’s church provided an option for its members to withhold their regular payments to the Episcopal Church.
Because of this stance, the church property was seized by the Episcopal Bishop and the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, and Father George was dismissed as rector. Immediately, about 150 church members joined him in starting a house church which has been meeting for about three weeks. Beginning Sunday, June 1, the group will meet at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. On that morning, Anglican Bishop T. J. Johnston will attend the 10 o’clock service to affirm their stance and to bless their new formation as All Saints Church.
The world is looking to the American church for leadership in this crucial time, but the American church is quickly leaving its spiritual roots. The Episcopal Church is only one of many who are struggling with rewriting policies regarding homosexuality and, in some cases, attempting to rewrite the Bible itself. At Truth Ministry, we applaud Father George Gray and the new members of All Saints Church for proclaiming the truth from God’s word that freedom from homosexuality is possible.”