Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Who Says Liberal Churches Are Dying Out? Liberal Methodist Booked for Six Months

The common myth is that "conservative" Christianity is prevailing, prospering and growing both numerically and spiritually.  Unfortunately the propaganda does not seem to agree.  Some reports indicate that conservative denominations are losing active members as well.  And from the number of active supporters of social action/social gospel denominations--even if they are losing members--it would appear that liberal denominations are alive and well.  The Presbyterian Church USA, for example, has more active members than either the Presbyterian Church in America or the Orthdox Presbyterian Church, both conservative theologically.

Recently Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist pastor, was defrocked for refusing to agree not to perform any further gay marriages.  He refused.   Now he has been booked solidly for six months to speak at liberal congregations and gay events.  It would seem that he gained at least a temporary income base as a reward for his rebellion against the discipline of his denomination.  (See:  Frank Schaefer Headlines DC Gay Pride Event.)

While the visible church is supposed to be prophetic challenge to the world, it seems that the conservative churches are increasingly thinking that if the enemy cannot be beaten, why not join them?  After all, the cost of disagreeing with the propaganda of the secular humanists and socialists in popular media is that your denomination will be considered "fundamentalist" or "hyper-Calvinist" and no one will want to come to join your local congregations.  Since when did numbers or financial income determine the truth of the Scriptures?


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