A Way With Words

I noticed this article on a USA Today blog this afternoon.  It reports that “The Southern Baptist Convention has broken its 127-year-old ties with a Fort Worth Baptist church because the SBC views its stand on homosexuality as too lenient”.
What caught my attention was the differences in articles I’ve been reading on the formation of the new Anglican Church in North America that consistently portray the groups that formed the ACNA as conservative schismatics leaving the Episcopal Church (for example here and here).  Nevermind the fact that the Episcopal Church has arrogantly ignored the larger Anglican Communion.
Reports of the inaugural convention fail to mention that some bishops who “left the episcopal church” have been deposed for “abandoning the communion” of the Church.(Here, here, and here)  Nor have they mentioned the priests who have been defrocked for their criticism.
When those who hold traditional views are in the majority they are seen as the agent causing division, when it was the Fort Worth Church that broke away from the clear teaching of the Southern Baptist Association (who, by the way won’t be suing for property or defrocking clergy).  On the other hand when they are in the minority, they are portrayed as “breakaway”, “dissident” and schismatic.

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  1. You’re absolutely right. It has become a cruel irony of our secular society (and particularly of the Church which is being improperly shaped and re-formed BY that society– rather than the Church TRANSFORMING society to the way of Christ) that all those who struggle to uphold traditional values and teachings are quickly labelled as the “dissidents” or the “troublemakers”. How did those who bend or defy outright the stated, written standards, discipline, and order of the Church come into positions of power and authority and now proceed to change the direction of the entire body? A quote from one of your linked articles (http://www.dioceseofsc.org/mt/archives/000427.html) said it best: “Many within The Episcopal Church have maneuvered us into an extreme agenda. They did it sometimes by protesting, sometimes by intimidation, sometimes by stretching the canons and teachings of the church, sometimes by disregarding or disobeying them publicly (usually without consequences). But they risked and they’ve seized control while most Episcopalians were snoozing,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, Episcopal Bishop of South Carolina.

    [-Sorry, the reference article was inadvertently omitted from the first comment.]

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