Another mainline Christian denomination is set to implode:
(Austin, Texas) A Presbyterian minister in Austin, Texas could face a church trial after conducting same-sex union ceremonies.
The Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrew’s Church, readily acknowledges conducting the ceremonies, even though they violated church rules.
Rigby has been charged under cannon (sic) law and he says he’ll happy (sic) defend his position before an ecclesiastical court. He has even provided proof of the ceremonies to his accuser.
Rigby said it’s time the denomination confront the issue of homosexuality in the church.
“Either they have to strip me of my ordination, or the church has to change,” Rigby said in Wednesday editions of the Austin American-Statesman.
Rigby acknowledges that he has also ordained an openly lesbian elder at St. Andrew’s.
St. Andrew’s is clearly on the bleeding edge of modern Christianity. From the church’s website, here is its mission statement:
Proclaiming God’s grace and love, we
Celebrate individuals by honoring their uniqueness,
Encourage spiritual growth,
Nurture a sense of family, and
Work to advance the justice and compassion of Christ in society.
Hmm. I thought it was to repent because the kingdom of heaven is near, and to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the Earth. At least, that’s what Jesus said.
Speaking of Jesus, I did a word search for “Jesus” on each page of the church’s website. I got one match in 15 pages.
Not one page devoted to Jesus–one use of the name “Jesus”. Isn’t that a bit odd for a Christian church?
That one reference to Jesus was on a page titled “Words of Wisdom”, on which the Lord’s Prayer shared space with Gautama Buddha, the Bjagavad Gita, Martin Luther King, Jr. (who was quoted twice), Lola Eagle (four times!), Rabbi Jacob Pressman, the “St. A’s Juniors”, and Yung-Chia, who I gather was an ancient Buddhist master.
This church is no longer Christian and its pastor doesn’t want to be a Christian. Why, then, does he pick a fight with his denomination, the Presbyterian Church USA?
To tear it apart from the inside, just like the Episcopal Church USA has done to itself. Satan is smart–he works on us from both sides.