Breaking news from Fort Worth, TX – Another diocese of the American Episcopal church has voted to break fellowship with the national church over its rabid and unbibical promotion of homosexuality.
GCM Watch applauds the actions today of Bishop Jack Iker and the faithful in Fort Worth, Texas. Members decided after long and painful evaluation that remaining with the Episcopal church in its current state of apostasy was detrimental to spiritual health and fellowship. In an October report, Bishop Iker somberly wrote that the differences appeared “insurmountable”. From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Clergy and lay delegates of the Fort Worth Episcopal Diocese, which is theologically conservative, voted overwhelmingly Saturday to leave the Episcopal Church, which is more liberal.
The vote by 219 valid delegates was nearly 80 percent in favor of leaving. The vote was taken at St. Vincent’s Episcopal Cathedral in Bedford, where a vote also is scheduled on whether to temporarily align with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, a conservative entity that includes parts of South America.
Those voting to split say they disagree with the Episcopal Church over issues ranging from same-sex unions to interpretations of Scripture regarding salvation. With its action, the Fort Worth Diocese became the fourth in the nation to split from the Episcopal Church, following San Joaquin, Calif.; Pittsburgh; and Quincy, Ill
Having to break unity with fellow believers in no opportunity to rejoice, but we rejoice that Bishop Iker has been a true shepherd by refusing to subject the sheep under his charge to the vindictive reign of Katharine Jefforts Schori. Without question, the catalyst for the dismembering of the Episcopal church can be traced to the ordination of its first openly homosexual bishop, Vickie Gene Robinson.
When will the out of touch leadership of the Episcopal Church get it? God will not change his Word for them or the homosexuals who have commandeered control of the church. The infestation of homosexual affirming doctrine is a primary reason why the church has adopted a position which rejects Christ as the only way to God. This is patently heretical and more than enough justification to refuse continued fellowship and financial support.
GCM Watch encourages other Episcopalians who are holding fast to biblical truth not to be silent in the face of continued spiritual injustices by church leadership. Thanks for your bravery and example to the rest of the Body of Christ.
- Read the letter sent by Bishop Iker to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefforts Schori in response to her pre-convention threats.
- Look at the stunning statistics of the Episcopal church’s decline since its embrace of homosexuality.
- Send encouragement to the Fort Worth Diocese contact.diocese [at] fwepiscopal.org