Thursday, December 20, 2007

Is the Christmas Story Just a Legend? Ask the Archbishop of Canterbury!


Is the Christmas Story Just a Legend? Ask the Archbishop of Canterbury!
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The “timesonline” has the following story:

It’s all a Christmas tall story”
“The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, dismissed the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men yesterday as nothing but “legend”.

You really need to read the entire article. You can do so at:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3076008.ece

Dr. Rowan Williams, is the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head, if you will, of the Anglican Church, the Anglican Communion, which includes over 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches around the globe in over 160 countries, including the Episcopal Church, USA.

Now, isn’t it enough that the Anglican Communion is about to tear itself apart without the help of the Archbishop? This interview has done the Anglican Church/Communion no favors! And they wonder why so few folks in the UK attend church regularly?

It is called “faith” for a reason. The instant we try to rationalize faith, we enter troubled waters. Of course, there are those among us who are simply too smart to be taken in by faith! It is they who proclaim belief while questioning the tenets of the faith to which they claim to adhere. It’s called “having it both ways”. The sane among us know that isn’t possible. Why, even Christ, Himself, said a man can not serve two masters….

Just a few weeks ago, the Archbishop was here, in the colonies, trying to patch up the rift caused in the Anglican Communion by the Episcopal Church’s insistence on the acceptance of homosexuality, and ordaining homosexual bishops, and blessing homosexual “marriages”… you know, things that most Christians... and... apparently, most of the remainder of the Anglican Communion, feel are not countenanced by the scriptures.

It did not work.

ECUSA is bent on going it’s own way and the majority of the Anglican Communion is bent on either tossing the Episcopal Church out of the communion… or failing that… leaving themselves. Seems to me if the latter happens, the good archbishop will have a much smaller job than he has now. He didn’t help his case any, at all, by calling into question those things taken on faith by the members of the communion he is supposed to lead.

There is a simple solution for the believing Christian. “Come out from among them.” Many of us have followed the advice of Saint Paul to the church at Corinth. You’ll find it in 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18.

6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?


6:15
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.


6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.


6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

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Merry Christmas!

Longstreet
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5 comments:

Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie said...

You sound shocked. Nothing anybody says in the UK shocks me anymore.

“And they wonder why so few folks in the UK attend church regularly?” UK and church in the same sentence. I didn’t think it possible!

The only figures I could find stated 28% are regular churchgoers. Not great reading. The figures do vary depending on which country you are in – England has the lowest % of churchgoers and Northern Ireland the highest.

Longstreet said...

I must admit to a certain amount od shock. Not so much at what he said, but that he had the lack of good sense to say it in a publication!

I saw those figures on church attendance at:
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/rel_chu_att-religion-church-attendance

The US, at 44%, is not much better than the UK in regular church attendance.

Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie said...

In his defence he is pro-life and he was never a big fan of Blair so he can’t be all that bad.

Church attendence in NI is 75% according to the census. Perhaps this is because we need to pray for forgiveness for our sectarian and bigoted views. ‘Love thy neighbour’ was never really that big in Northern Ireland.

I was pleased to see that there are more churchgoers in that UK than France. I will sleep well knowing that!

Longstreet said...

Good on him for his anti-abortion stand.

Most of us "muricans" were just confused about Tony. SLICK!

Now, if we can get Rowan to trim those eyebrows! HA!

Merry Christmas to Y'all!

Longstreet

Faultline USA said...

Thanks for reminding us all to "Come out from among them." A link to your article in on the CALH blog now.