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December 21, 2009

Diocese of Niagara: Who is to say that our creeds are for all time?

Filed under: Diocese of Niagara — David @ 7:31 pm
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For the most part, the Diocese of Niagara no longer believes the gospel: its priests don’t believe the creeds, that the bible is the inspired word of God, in the virgin birth, the substitutionary atonement of Christ or his physical resurrection. Unsurprisingly, Christians are fleeing the diocese.

The editor of the Niagara Anglican, Christopher Grabiec, ever intent on keeping a firm grip on his blinkers, does not see the obvious connection between a benighted theology and mass exodus. Instead, it is a time of testing, even a dark night of the soul.

The corrective action suggested by Mr. Grabiec is to more thoroughly abandon historic creeds and orthodox Christian beliefs (page 1):

It’s time to hang up our past prejudices and our insistence on things being the way they were. Christ, born among us, entered a world that was smug and sure of itself and its religious systems. He turned over their tables. Who is to say that our systems, our creeds, our beliefs as we understand them, are for all time? Our chosen bishop and spiritual leader has asked us to look at everything and to grow in Christ, pursing excellence as a community and as ministers of Christ in the world.

As the 4 Niagara ANiC parishes brace themselves for the next legal onslaught from a diocesan administration bent on exacting revenge for the affront of being told they have abandoned the Christian religion, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the predicament of Christopher Grabiec and his master is a contemporary exposition of Exodus 4:21.

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1 Comment

  1. “Christ, born among us, entered a world that was smug and sure of itself and its religious systems. He turned over their tables. Who is to say that our systems, our creeds, our beliefs as we understand them, are for all time?”

    Well, they seem to forget that the Christ whose authority they seem so fond of claiming is the same yesterday, today and forever.

    “What will our church look like in
    10 more years? There is absolutely no
    answer to this question except to say
    that if we are faithful to both listening to
    the Spirit of God and to concretely living
    out the call to change and grow, the
    church will look exactly like God wants
    it to look!”
    If they continue travelling their current path, God will probably want it to look… gone.

    Comment by John K — December 21, 2009 @ 10:31 pm


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