James Hacker: Humphrey, what’s a Modernist in the Church of England?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Ah, well, the word “Modernist” is code for non-believer.

James Hacker: You mean an atheist?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: No, Prime Minister. An atheist clergyman couldn’t continue to draw his stipend. So, when they stop believing in God, they call themselves “Modernists”.

James Hacker: How could the Church of England suggest an atheist as Bishop of Bury St Edmunds?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Well, very easily. The Church of England is primarily a social organization, not a religious one.

Yes Prime Minister The Bishop’s Gambit 1986

Father Damien Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I’d say there seem to be three. She’s convinced…
Father Merrin: There is only one..

The Exorcist 1973

 

Stacy McCain has struck again with a long post on the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and while Stacy is highlighting the goals of feminism here there is a point I’d like to make from his piece to wit:

To convey a general idea of what sort of ideas nowadays prevail in ELCA circles, the election of Elizabeth Eaton to the denomination’s top post prompted this enthusiastic outburst from Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director of Women of the ELCA:

As the presiding bishop election process winnowed down nominees, three of the final four candidates were women. . . . As I’ve written before . . . it’s not just about numbers. To respond to the needs facing the church and society in the 21st century, a collaborative leadership style is needed, and studies show that women more naturally use this form of leadership.

Stacy notwithstanding the disgrace here isn’t the ELCA pushing feminism per-se the disgrace is that nowhere in this statement is the goal for a Christian church to find a candidate that will serve the word of God.

Now none of this is a surprise, we talked about the decision of the largest batch of Lutherans to allow married gay clergy as I wrote at the time:

Hey this was just what he was envisioning when he broke away from us Roman Catholics all those centuries ago starting the reformation and all that.

So now the Lutherans have endorsed specific biblical sin among clergy I say good luck to you guys.

I quoted a lot of Lutheran blogs at the time (2009 so long ago it seems) and one of them Balaam’s Ass put it well:

Unless God intervenes by His grace, these proposals will be passed.  The ELCA will then join the Episcopal Church in its further apostasy.

But who is surprised?  It’s like Jenga: you can remove one or two or even a few blocks, but eventually the weight cannot be sustained.

Six years after that statement this is the Christmas prayer you are hearing in a Lutheran Church:

Ebenezer Lutheran Church in San Francisco where, on Christmas Day 2015, Pastor Stacy Boom posted this “prayer”:

Sophia our Goddess,
As a full moon rising,
You unveil your vision of love
for the universe
and work within us
to bring about your healing purposes.

You are reading this right, this is a prayer being put out by a “Christian” Church founded by Martin Luther because we Catholics were getting the worship of God wrong.  It concludes:

Sophia our Goddess,
As a full moon rising,
You are the One Sacred Thread
and Source for All Times,
Grandmother, Mother, and Child,
Blessed She!

This is definitely not a Christian prayer. Any student of the occult would recognize the reference to “Grandmother, Mother, and Child” as an invocation of the so-called “Triple Goddess” (Maiden, Mother, Crone) of modern neo-pagan Wicca. So far gone is the ELCA in its abandonment of biblical truth that it accepts witchcraft in its “Lutheran” pulpits.

And some Catholics complain about Pope Francis?

You might be shocked by this, I’m not.  Christianity without Christ is the logical conclusion to Martin (I know better than the church) Luther’s rebellion.  It’s the whole vine branches thing that Christ talked about:

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing  Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.

John 15:5-6

Now don’t get me wrong the Catholic church had some folks like this but when it did God raised a simple poor Clare nun who fought the culture war in the church

and won.

Stacy talks about feminism corrupting everything it touches and sounds the call to fight.

I submit and suggest that we must fight, but let’s be clear, feminism isn’t the enemy, it’s a tool being used by the same enemy that we’ve been fighting from day one.

One final thought, the invitation that I mentioned back in 2009 still stands:

if you are a Lutheran who actually takes Christianity seriously that old Roman Catholic Church that Martin decided wasn’t good enough before is still there.

We’d be pleased to welcome you in.

We can use good soldiers in the fight to save souls.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Perhaps I’m out of the loop or not on the right invitation lists, but I had no idea about Genital Integrity Awareness Week until I drove through a major intersection Sunday and was confronted with the site sight of two dozen adults in white suits with blood stained crotches waving signs about penises.

It must have been an interesting conversation in the car of that family with young children leaving the Baptist church. As these protesters marched in the median waving their signs, those of us stopped at the traffic light could only stare in confusion and wonderment. The young lady in the car to my left tilted her head in confusion while the couple in the car to my right immediately pulled out cell phones to take pictures of the spectacle.

protest
Protest in Shreveport, April 3, 2016

Apparently, the genital integrity movement wants to halt infant circumcisions and the group is trying to gain traction this year with the birth of Donald Trump’s grandson. Ivanka Trump has converted to Judaism, her husband’s religion, and now apparently the GI group has very strong feelings about whether or not Ivanka’s baby should be circumcised:

“To have someone who wishes to be president publicly celebrate the forced genital cutting of a child, knowing that child’s rights were being violated, would be very disappointing. It would certainly mobilize many genital autonomy advocates to be present at his future appearances,” Intact Florida said.

Like it’s their business.  Well, I guess it’s just another reason to dislike Trump.

Good grief.

Apparently, circumcision can ruin one’s entire life and cause anger toward your parents, depression, and self-loathing.  Who knew?  The sign one protestor held today informed everyone driving south on Highway 1 that circumcision destroys 16+ functions.  They are listed here if you’re curious.  Not to get too deep into this subject but … sixteen functions?  Well.

There’s apparently a Facebook page for this where the group posted pictures this weekend of their protests.  The gatherings don’t look much larger than the one I saw in Shreveport.  Here’s another.

Who knew we had a week to observe this?  And if you missed your local protests, the worldwide protest is in May.

Meanwhile, we wait with baited bated breath to find out about Ivanka’s decision on genital integrity.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Added: Spelling error corrected. Apologies, and thank you!

There has been a lot written about the Trump flips and flops concerning Abortion this week and on Jake Tapper’s weekend show State of the Union the discussion turned toward Trump’s days as a young bachelor and the question of if he ever dated a women who had an abortion.

Now this actually is the wrong question in a critical sense.

There is no question that Trump has a liberal past, the entire premise of Ted Cruz’s attack on him are based on his own words and comments the question is, are his protestations to be a conservative NOW actually sincere or not?

It’s a very biblical question.

For example nobody would question if Saul of Tarsus was once a persecutor of Christians. In fact in his famous trial before Herod he admits it.

I myself once thought that I had to do many things against the name of Jesus the Nazorean, and I did so in Jerusalem. I imprisoned many of the holy ones with the authorization I received from the chief priests, and when they were to be put to death I cast my vote against them.

Many times, in synagogue after synagogue, I punished them in an attempt to force them to blaspheme; I was so enraged against them that I pursued them even to foreign cities.

Acts 26:9-11

But them came his famous conversion

On one such occasion I was traveling to Damascus with the authorization and commission of the chief priests.

At midday, along the way, O king, I saw a light from the sky, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my traveling companions.  We all fell to the ground and I heard a voice saying to me in Hebrew, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goad.

And I said, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.  Get up now, and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness of what you have seen (of me) and what you will be shown.

I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been consecrated by faith in me.’

“And so, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.

Acts 26:12-19

and the rest is history.

However earlier in Acts there is a conversion story that didn’t go so well, the story of Simon the Magician

A man named Simon used to practice magic in the city and astounded the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great.  All of them, from the least to the greatest, paid attention to him, saying, “This man is the ‘Power of God’ that is called ‘Great.'”

They paid attention to him because he had astounded them by his magic for a long time, but once they began to believe Philip as he preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, men and women alike were baptized.

Even Simon himself believed and, after being baptized, became devoted to Philip; and when he saw the signs and mighty deeds that were occurring, he was astounded.

Acts 8:9-13

 

But it turned out he was more interested in power than service

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit.

When Simon saw that the Spirit was conferred by the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me this power too, so that anyone upon whom I lay my hands may receive the holy Spirit.”

But Peter said to him, “May your money perish with you, because you thought that you could buy the gift of God with money. You have no share or lot in this matter, for your heart is not upright before God.

Repent of this wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord that, if possible, your intention may be forgiven.  For I see that you are filled with bitter gall and are in the bonds of iniquity.”

Simon said in reply, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

Acts 8:14-24

And that’s what it really comes down to with Trump and why his BS on abortion is a problem, because this is the question that GOP voters need answered.

Is he a real convert to conservatism as Paul was to Christ, or is he just out for himself as Simon was?

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