I think we can now abandon any lingering illusions that the Episcopal Church USA is a Christian body. (Link via JYB)
Heresy is better than schism, the Episcopal bishop of Virginia said yesterday in a speech that gently chided church conservatives for imperiling the unity of the country's largest diocese over the consecration of the denomination's first homosexual bishop last November.
"If you must make a choice between heresy and schism, always choose heresy," said the Rt. Rev. Peter J. Lee to 500 Episcopalians meeting for the annual diocesan council at the Hyatt Regency in Reston.
"For as a heretic, you are only guilty of a wrong opinion," Bishop Lee said, quoting Presbyterian scholar James McCord. "As a schismatic, you have torn and divided the body of Christ. Choose heresy every time."
This is just astounding. A supposedly Christian leader urging his followers to choose heresy because if they insist on following scripture they'll be responsible for dividing the body of Christ!
Where do you begin?
Let's do this for starters: By definition heretics have removed themselves from the body. If anyone is responsible for a schism, it's the heretic. The idea that the person who points this out bears the responsibility for the division is just absurd.
I also noticed this later on in the article:
Our faith teaches that people with who we differ often have important truths to teach us.
I'll grant that people who differ with us often have something to teach us. What I want to know is where this idea makes its appearance in Christian teaching? Just where is this written?
I saw at one point that Christopher Johnson said he wasn't leaving the Episcopal Church, he was converting to Christianity. (I'm too lazy to look for the link.) I'm beginning to see what he's talking about.