July 15, 2015

Church of England endorses "eco-theology," stays silent about Christian persecution

Rebel Staff

As membership in "progressive" churches declines, many try to stem the tide by becoming... more "progressive."

In the latest development, the Church of England has officially adopted "eco-theology."

This seems to amount involve making resolutions to use less paper, installing solar panels on vicarage rooftops and "praying and fasting for climate justice once a month."

In the first place, I'll explain why solar panels really aren't that "green."

But more importantly, why didn't the Archbishop of Canterbury condemn the rape and murder of Christians by Muslim terrorists? Or isn't that "cool" and "hip"?

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commented 2015-07-17 19:50:55 -0400
Glenn you are right it has been going on for a long time. And the last one out switched off the lights.

We don’t need our spiritual leaders to call for more environmental care, or anything else politically related.
commented 2015-07-16 00:45:13 -0400
Glenn Craig said, “Do not turn to the Christian Church for leadership….the leaders left some time ago…except the leaders of the leftist agenda of course.”

People are fallible. It is always best to turn directly to the message for the leadership, not in people. At least, that has been my experience.
commented 2015-07-15 23:46:22 -0400
The mark of a Christian is love!
commented 2015-07-15 19:09:38 -0400
Remember, this is the denomination that Michael Coren left the Catholic Church for. I wonder what he thinks of their new priorities.
commented 2015-07-15 18:52:54 -0400
I was once a ministry candidate in the United Church of Canada….I am now a Buddhist.
The Christian Church…particularly the Protestants…have been instrumental in promoting a leftist agenda for decades. I could write a book on the subject but until some publisher shows interest I will spare the gentle readers of THEREBEL a long rant.

First there was the call to ordain women…..OK…no problem….except that more than 40% of the first wave were lesbians with an other than Christian agenda.

So next the it’s OK to be gay thing got accepted….problem was that sermons on the scriptures from a lesbian-feminist perspective just didn’t keep the pews filled.

Next thing you knew…..the Reverend Hyphenated-Lastname was ministering to as many as four parishes…none of which could afford to pay their light bill.

Do not turn to the Christian Church for leadership….the leaders left some time ago…except the leaders of the leftist agenda of course.
commented 2015-07-15 18:41:32 -0400
I see that Terry the twit is off his meds again.
commented 2015-07-15 13:40:06 -0400
When the basis of faith becomes position, status, power and wealth then the power to meet spiritual needs also disappears. Look at the spiritual power of the new testament church. In Act 3:6 Peter says to the crippled man, “Silver and Gold have I none…in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” When the basis of faith becomes the above, the message of Christ is lost, and the church is only another social institution. Well said, Ezra.
commented 2015-07-15 11:41:43 -0400
Prince Knight – I agree, Christianity is not a world religion, it is a relationship with our living God.
commented 2015-07-15 11:20:14 -0400
An extremely successful entrepreneur once told me “Don’t let your principles compromise your pocket book”. He wasn’t advocating doing anything immoral, unethical or illegal, he was just talking about running a business. Sadly, this church seems to be more about running a business and less about entering the kingdom of heaven.
commented 2015-07-15 11:04:52 -0400
Peter — you said, “Take that one step further…” I agree. I also agree with James that these rules and regs can also be called Dogma, though my understanding of that word is that Dogma also encompasses what is acceptable to belief (“this, and no further; not that”).

This is where true Christianity is different from every religion on the planet, bar none: in every religion, even the Christian religion, one must follow certain rules and procedures and duties and whatever-else-label-they-put-on-it to earn God’s acceptance (to “prove” one’s self righteous, if you will) — to earn your way to Heaven/Paradise/Valhallah/Xanadu/whatever-the-label-is. True Christianity is a gift one receives, and then God does the changing within us, as we allow Him. (We can tie His hands; we can say “no”.) One believes. Period, end of statement, close paragraph. Anything else results from that belief/faith.

James, I agree with your statement about the 10 Commandments, as you listed. But Jesus himself said that he came no to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. He was tested by the Pharisees about which was the greatest commandment, and he replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And the second is just like it; love your neighbor as yourself.” I’ve had to think very seriously about that statement, because it’s so easy to read. How does one love God with all your heart (which means…?), all your soul (which means…?), all your mind (which means…?), and all your strength (which means…?). Essentially, with everything you have and with everything you are. Now, if one loves God that fully, that completely, that intensely (which none of us do), the result is that you will love others as yourself. So it’s actually the same law. If one takes this love and applies it to the Law (the ten commandments), they’re simple to keep. Jesus himself said, “if you love me, you’ll obey my commandments.” What were they? Basically, boiled down, love. He taught to “love your enemies, do good to those who persecute you.” Et cetera. Before he left, he told his disciples, “A new command I give you — love one another.”

This is the difference between religion and faith, as we all agree. And the above paragraphs is (or, at least should be) the difference between Christianity and everything else.
commented 2015-07-15 10:38:39 -0400
Ezra, I agree many churches have gone to political, Anglican had been for a long while, I am a baptized Anglican, but left going many years ago, the the Unite Church that is a gay church, enough said, and a lot of the modern custom churches that only apply the rules they like.

Prince Knight; what you refer to is “Dogma” not rules, the processes put in place by humans, in their own interpretation. The are always rules in every religion, guides for a good life, even non-religion that govern, the main Jewdo-Christian rules are as always the following;

1.You shall have no other gods before Me.
2.You shall not make idols.
3.You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
4.Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5.Honor your father and your mother.
6.You shall not murder.
7.You shall not commit adultery.
8.You shall not steal.
9.You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10.You shall not covet.

These are all you need for a good society.
(No I am not “Homophobic” I feel deeply for those who live this life, I know more than I will admit too)
commented 2015-07-15 10:31:39 -0400
Price Knight said, "There’s a reason why people have “lost their religion” over the last few years in particular — religion is a set of laws. Faith is so much more — it’s a relationship with the Creator. "

Take that one step further. Religion is a set of rules that need to be obeyed to obtain salvation. The faith that Christians of faith (not religion) have in Jesus is that the work of obtaining salvation is already accomplished by Jesus because no one can earn it, only acceptance of his completed work. Hence faith.
commented 2015-07-15 10:04:53 -0400
Somebody needs to remind Ezra and the general populace about the difference between “religion” and “faith”. The traditional established church is religious — meaning rules ‘n regs, do’s and don’ts, obligations and expectations. “The church”, as is demonstrated here, is a career. As such, is it any wonder that it would endorse political motivations, and shy away from those that aren’t politically correct?

People of faith, however, who have a tendency to forego traditional churches, do not put much stock in so many rules, and have a tendency to ignore the political “fashion of the day”. These people of faith are much more likely to live out their beliefs, the primary one (in the Christian faith, at least) being “love.” Love God, love your neighbor, love your enemy. And these people are grieved and outraged at the systematic persecution and execution of Christians around the world (particularly reported about in the middle east, northern Africa, and some in Indonesia).

There’s a reason why people have “lost their religion” over the last few years in particular — religion is a set of laws. Faith is so much more — it’s a relationship with the Creator.
commented 2015-07-15 09:33:24 -0400
doesn’t sound like the Arch Bishop has any interest in religion either
commented 2015-07-15 09:32:20 -0400
It is simple, solar panels and wind turbines do not get annoyed and bomb you.
commented 2015-07-15 09:32:14 -0400
So the spiritual leaders of roughly two billion Christians worldwide – Catholics and Anglicans – are calling for greater environmental care.
Thank heavens we have an oil lobbyist on hand to tell us what God REALLY thinks.
commented 2015-07-15 09:19:40 -0400
The Church of England is headed by the Queen, and contrary to what others think, she is not God, and neither is the Pope. They have left God out of the equation, and that is why they are struggling. So many man made rules, and nothing based on the word of God. They have sold out to the prince of darkness, and will not fare well.
commented 2015-07-15 08:41:27 -0400
Funny – church has not evolved. Sitting around on a Sunday morning for an hour and paying for it is a thing of the past.
Religion / spirituality is live and well.

And these numbskulls (wtf is an archbishop of cantebury? some kind of character is a gaming vid?) are stupid about how to evolve and it looks like they are running out of money – so do what others do – merge churches and/or sell some of those prized assets like property / buildings or both.
commented 2015-07-15 08:29:08 -0400
Terry, the point he was making was that the church should stick for what they are intended.

Did someone piss in your cornflakes this morning?
commented 2015-07-15 08:23:25 -0400
“But more importantly, why didn’t the Archbishop of Canterbury condemn the rape and murder of Christians by Muslim terrorists?”
Gee, that’s an easy one. For the same reason the Rebel didn’t condemn the Ontario curriculum in their last post on the Pan-Am Games; because it’s a different topic.