Cue the lightning in 3, 2, 1…
In their latest move towards irrelevancy, the Episcopal Church in dioceses of Washington, D.C., has decided that it is going to remove all masculine pronouns that refer to God.
It’s because their understanding of God has ‘evolved’ and ‘adapted’.
See Doug Giles open up a can of whoop-ass on these fools, here:
The resolution to stop using “gendered language for God” was passed quickly by delegates to the Diocese’s 123rd Convention.
“If revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God,” the resolution stated.
They claim to do otherwise would ‘limit our understanding of God.’
One female clergy delegate has gone even further and said that gender-neutral pronouns are not good enough — God should be referred to as female because of the Hebrew name El Shaddai that is used 7 times in the Old Testament.
The Clergy delegate from St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Laytonsville, Maryland, Rev. Linda R. Calkins said that if Episcopalians ‘are going to be true to what El Shaddai means, it means God with breasts.‘
She explains using her vastly superior edumacation.
“Having studied much feminist theology in my masters’ degrees, I wrote a thesis on liberation and freedom and non-equality in feminist theology and existential counseling,” Calkins told the delegates, as reported by The Institute On Religion & Democracy.
“And I am still waiting for the Episcopal Church to come to the place where all people feel that they can speak God’s name. Many, many women that I have spoken with over my past almost 20 years in ordained ministry have felt that they could not be a part of any church because of the male image of God that is systemic and that is sustained throughout our liturgies. Many of us are waiting and need to hear God in our language, in our words and in our pronouns,” she added.
You know what the problem is?
That’s the problem right there.
And, before you get all hatin’, this Clash editor is a woman.
I am on the side of the Early Church Fathers, Scripture, and Jesus Himself.
“Jesus did not call God ‘Imma’ (Mother), but always and exclusively ‘Abba’ (Father),” Dr. Paul Tarazi of St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary explained. Indeed, “Father” is the only way Jesus ever referred to God, and the only way He taught His followers to do so.
The Church Fathers attest to this. St. Gregory the Theologian explained the name “Father” is proper to God, not a figurative concession to humanity. St. Athanasius the Great stated that only the specific names “Father,” “Son,” and “Holy Spirit” belong “to God’s own essence and being.” St. Gregory of Nyssa taught that deviation from the names “Father,” “Son,” and “Holy Spirit” causes deviations from the one true faith. Any other names, St. Gregory wrote, “serve as a starting point for the deflection of sound doctrine.”
Source: LifeSite news
They also passed a resolution without debate or discussion to include ‘transgender people’ into ‘all aspects of congregational life’ by ‘making all gender-specific facilities and activities fully accessible, regardless of gender identity and expression.’
Instead of addressing the obvious confusion that people grappling with their gender identity face and bringing them the truth of the Gospel that can bring healing to all areas of life. Instead of dealing with the nature of what is ‘man’ and what is ‘woman’ and how mankind was made in the image of God, nah, let’s just accept them to be ‘inclusive’.
As for God, the Episcopal church has turned its back on Scripture, tradition, and the very teachings of Jesus.
Satan must be proud.
by Doug Giles
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