From the L.A. Times:
The Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles was forbidden from delivering a welcoming speech at a regional meeting of conservative Episcopalians that opened Thursday in Long Beach because he refused to sign a statement declaring that belief in Jesus as savior was the only way to get to heaven.
(The Rt. Rev. J. Jon) Bruno called the decision to bar him from the conference in his diocese “disconcerting to me at best. I had no intention of making an issue of any of my views,” Bruno said in an interview, “just welcoming people to our diocese as they participated and discussed their issues of faith and Christianity in an environment they found safe. That was my intent.”
The sentence that gave Bruno problems declared: “I believe in and accept Jesus as Savior and Lord and that He is the only way into the heavenly kingdom.” Conference organizers said the requirement to sign the faith statement was set before Bruno asked to attend.
Bruno said that line “basically excludes all people of Judaism, Islam and Buddhism as being within the love of God. I’m not willing to say that God has made that decision. I know that Christianity is the way for me, that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. But I cannot say that God will make that decision on the last day. I don’t know what God’s decision will be.”
Uhh, bishop? Maybe you could try looking in the Bible?
So you’ve got the ECUSA bishop of Los Angeles refusing to say that Jesus is the only way to heaven (which Jesus Himself said, in so many words), and the bishop of Washington, D.C. claiming that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
And, of course, there’s the recently retired Bishop John Shelby Spong, who flat-out denies the divinity of Jesus.
I’m perplexed. How do you get to be a bishop in this so-called Christian denomination without believing the words between the covers of the holy book that defines your faith?