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Conservative Episcopalians: Jesus the Only Way to Heaven
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.
By requiring such a statement for conference attendance, leaders of the conservative American Anglican Council said they wanted the meeting to be a "safe place" for Episcopalians who dissented from the U.S. church's liberal stances on biblical interpretation and homosexuality.
The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno's presence would "create a sense of discomfort," said the Rev. William Thompson, an official of the American Anglican Council and rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Long Beach.
Bruno called the decision to bar him from the conference in his diocese "disconcerting to me at best."
OK, so he¬īs changed his mind. At his consecration as bishop he solomnly vowed to "drive away all ....doctrines contrary to God¬īs Word." What about ""for there is none other name (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 4, verse 12. He is therefore receiving salary under false pretences. He should resign forthwith.
Someone should give liberal Episcopalian priests, and all other liberal "Christians" a copy of the first page of the Encyclopedia Britannica -- at least it's the first page on the electronic 2001 edition of it -- and then they would see that the central person in Christianity, and throughout the history of Christianity, is Jesus Christ.
The conservative Episcopalians have found the shibboleth, even though it is a phrase and not a word that liberals can't seem to say, Christ is the only means to salvation.