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BBC interviews with Presiding Bishop and Bp Budde of the Diocese of Washington

BBC interviews with Presiding Bishop and Bp Budde of the Diocese of Washington

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Dr. William Flint, MDiv, PhD

The older I grow, the wiser I get. What happened at Canterbury was simply a power play, both by the Global South and the ACNA (which is a part of the same). The United Methodist also feel the stress of dealing with the Global South in their society. The Church is not equally yoked together. While some are drinking milk, others are eating meat, and the Apostle Paul speaks extensively to that situation.

I am humbled at the stance TEC has taken. It has taken the Holy Spirit over 2,000 years to bring the full acceptance of all God’s children into one body, most definitively, the Body of Christ. There are many spiritual babies still in the world. I am glad God has given us a few spiritual adults to care for them.

I have spent my life studying the Scriptures, the history of the church and sacred theology to learn this lesson: God is God and God can save whom He wants. God is not like us in mind, body or spirit. We should be humbled to be allowed to be a part of His Body of Christ. Judgement belongs to Him and to Him alone. Thanks Be To God.

I like you, have sinned and do sin everyday. However, I trust in Jesus to be Lord and that may well be the difference in the Global South including ACNA and TEC. (You think?)

Faye Carroll

ACNA is the largest of the recent Episcopal breakaway groups and they have been instrumental in making alliances with the African bishops. It would seem that they have a possibility of stepping into the vacancy that will be left when the Episcopal Church is finally rejected from the Anglican Communion three years from now.

David Streever

Do you think it’s true that ACNA, with less than 1/20th the members of TEC, will somehow supplant TEC? Do you think that the nearly 2 million baptized Episcopalians will join ACNA?

ACNA is a small denomination but has had some growth (13% most recently); if we assume that the growth rate will remain steady it will take roughly 115 years for ACNA to match TEC’s current levels.

If we assume that TEC will decline at the same rate, it will take roughly 65 years for ACNA to match the membership of TEC.

This seems like an unlikely scenario for a large number of reasons, but I suppose it’s possible. What seems more likely to me is that as women and LGBTQ individuals continue to gain rights, ACNA will either start shrinking or will change to be more accepting. While one can certainly exist in opposition to progressive culture, I think the model for that is usually one of plateau & quiet subsistence (like the Ku Klux Klan) instead of one of ongoing, consistent growth.

(Not to say that ACNA is the KKK; that’s just one of the only comparisons I can think of right now when I look at groups that actively oppose full participation by people on the basis of immutable characteristics like sexuality, gender, or race)

Daniel Singer

Need to learn to follow the rules guys. Otherwise get out and let ACNA lead the way.

Bill Ghrist

Yes, rules are important, but Jesus taught that love is more important than rules.

David Streever

Speaking of rules…
We have a comment policy here meant to foster civil and respectful conversation and dialogue. Please keep this in mind as you comment here, and try to refrain from brusque/uncivil/argumentative commentary; many of these issues are fairly complex, and repeatedly asserting that they are simple & that TEC just needs to ‘get into line’ and submit to ACNA is neither constructive nor conversational.

We also ask commentators to limit themselves to 4 comments per day, per story; the goal is to ensure it’s conversation and not back & forth ‘argumentum ad nauseam’.

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