Senior Editor at Belief.Net Asks: "Why is the Episcopal Church Near Collapse?"


From calling for repeal of DOMA to introducing pet funerals, Rob Kerby, Senior Editor at Belief.Net, takes a look:

Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle

The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it.

The American branch of the Church of England, founded when the Vatican balked at permitting King Henry VIII to continue annulling marriages to any wife who failed to bear him sons, is in trouble.

Somehow slipping out of the headlines is a harsh reality that the denomination has been deserted in droves by an angry or ambivalent membership. Six prominent bishops are ready to take their large dioceses out of the American church and align with conservative Anglican groups in Africa and South America.

... “The accelerating fragmentation of the strife-torn Episcopal Church USA,” writes Christian author Charlotte Allen. “ in which large parishes and entire dioceses are opting out of the church, isn’t simply about gay bishops, the blessing of same-sex unions or the election of a woman as presiding bishop. It is about the meltdown of liberal Christianity.

“Liberal Christianity has been hailed by its boosters for 40 years as the future of the Christian church. Instead, as all but a few die-hards now admit, the mainline churches that have blurred doctrine and softened moral precepts are declining and, in the case of the Episcopal Church, disintegrating.”


  1. Good News
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    It would be very encouraging if this mainstream American cutting-edge cult were to show signs of losing acceptability...

  2. Daughter of Eve
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    If one can't tell the difference between a church's doctrines & the "doctrines/dogmas/traditions" of Babylon, there is no point in that Church. "You can't do the Lord's work using the Devil's methods."

  3. LonesomeRhoades
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    The Episcopal religion does not believe God's Word. It's that simple!

  4. Leo
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    As long as Christians have Gods Words to read and follow we will keep ourselves from the slippery path of false doctrine. It is paramount that we reguard the Scriptures as the truth and not the teachings of a church or denomination.

  5. Posted July 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    This is just the great falling away spoken of in 2 Thess. 2:3. The "falling away" is not a lack of people going to church. The "falling away" is that the people going to church have fallen away from the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ and are following doctrines that are contray to New Testament scripture; like same-sex "marriage," gay "clergy," and female pastors/church leaders.

    All of these things are contrary to what the Bible says, yet these things are happening more and more in some "churches." One cannot ignore Christ's commandments and be a true Christian. Embracing sexual sin and ignoring "gender roles" disqualify one from the acceptance of, and an active relationship with, the Lord Jesus Christ.

  6. Dave
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    The writer says that liberal Christianity has been hailed as the furs of the Church for 40 years. No, 200 years. Ever since the emergence of Boston Unitarianism in the early 19th century.

  7. Wowsites
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Raised Episcopal, now a Catholic convert, my heart is nonetheless saddened by the downfall. We need to pray for those who have lost their way.

  8. Posted July 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    New Coke.

  9. James
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    The Episcopal Church has sold out to the world and does the bidding of Satan. None of their doctrines are Biblical or follow the teachings of Jesus. Flee from her all you people that fear the Lord. They should just go ahead and call this the Church of Satan.

  10. Posted July 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    TEC is a case study in how to kill a church. If you look, you can probably see the eggs hatching and the worms eating away at your church too...

  11. Posted July 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    The Episcopal Church is very much showing signs of losing acceptability. At its National Cathedral, they've ceased having noon mass at the high altar because they are turning the shrine over to tourism full-time; and when the Virginia branch managed to drive the Anglicans out of their Falls Church facility -- a facility that includes an historic church and a hall that held 2,500 people (which was filled to bursting at least twice every Sunday) -- and moved back in the area Episcopalians, at most 100 noses were counted. They're meeting in the historic church. The large sanctuary remains closed until further notice. Like the notice that people want to come to this church now. I'll wait. I'm patient.

  12. grandmaliberty
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    God will take care of this... He will not be mocked.. I will pray for the souls of these misguided christians. May God have mercy on them....

  13. Publius
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang

  14. Publius
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Or if you prefer Milton the Shakespeare:

    The hungry Sheep look up, and are not fed

  15. A. H. Abraham
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    I shared this before, but I think it is worth sharing a thousand times. Homosexuality, SSM and ignoring gender role is the mother of all evils.
    However, there is one thing reassuring about evil, evil is self-destructive.
    It is a clear warning to all the Churches, who deviate from the true biblical path even one iota, the judgment is inevitable. Oh, Christians! Oh Christians! At least learn from Hindus, Muslims and Buddhist, you call them Pagans? Have we become even worst than pagans?

  16. OvercameSSA
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Regardless of whether one believes that the Bible is the word of God or the word of man, one cannot deny the impact of this book on the growth of civilization and the brilliance of the writer(s).

    The union of a man and a woman is so important that it is expressed in the beginning of the first book of the Old Testament; it was understood that there would be temptations by men to engage in sexual debauchery with other men, and that there would be dangerous consequences of such acts on civilizations.

    But in the last 50 years or so, our knowledge of science has determined that the ancients had it all wrong; that the growth and progress of civilizations over thousands and thousands of years where men united with women to form families was just a fluke. That children no longer need a mother and a father; that two men or two women are the same as a man and a woman. How's that working for you Episcopalians?

  17. OvercameSSA
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    People seek stability from religion; a religion that is constantly changing its beliefs is no religion at all. And a religion whose beliefs are based on democratic votes of men is just a joke, a club more than a religion.

    Imagine going to a house of worship and finding out that what was God's will last week is no longer His will this week. The Catholic Church learned the hard way with Vatican II that changes based on popular culture are not good for membership. Fortunately, the Catholics are taking steps to return to some of the pre-Vatican II teachings and traditions.

  18. Fitz
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    #1. The Episopalian Church was the first church to adovocate for the permissiability of the use of contraception (limited to married couples and in extreme circumstances were life of mother may be at risk and the like)

    This was the first break with Christian witness.

    #2. The Episcoplain Church was the first to allow female priests (Like gay bishops & blessing ceremonies - they just went ahead and did it, without real reflection or debate, or consoltation with the larger body)

    This is said to be the narrow end of the wedge for same-sex "marriage" theologically. It says you cant make any distinction between men & women for religious reasons....after that...its a logical decent into redifining marriage.

    Nobody wants Chrisitanity without Christ. Like my Blue-Blood friend who says "why go to Church on Sundays when I can stay home & read the NYT and get the same advice"

    P.S. - Rick DeLano "New Coke" line, very very funny & presceant.

  19. Wayne
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    This is a very liberal church to say the least! They don't believe in anything! Not the bible, not godly living, and all they care about is embracing and supporting the gay agenda. There can be no doubt that this denomination is an apostate organization.