Fleeing Liberal Churches? The INTOLERANCE of "Tolerance"
Evidently writers for the Los Angeles Times do not read their own newspaper.
Sunday saw a front page story about so-called "Mega-Churches" as a worrisome trend to those who fear these jumbo churches are "siphoning" parishioners from "smaller, more mainline" denominations.
Two days prior to this, the Times ran another front page piece showing a conservative Episcopalian packing aways his vestments as he prepared for eviction. Evicted from a church? Who would do that? The ACLU? The Communists? The Atheists? No, his fellow Episcopalians.
You see the "gay" marriage issue has split the Bible-believing Episcopalians from their "progressive, more tolerant" fellows who are in favor of the ordination of homosexuals and blessing same sex unions as "marriages" in the Episcopal church. The progressives are SO tolerant that they have evicted those who disagree with them on this issue.
Why mention these two separate stories together?
Well, let's see... Those who believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that it speaks to our lifestyles today are bursting at the seams with congregants while those who reject clear biblical teaching (Romans Chapter 1 anyone?) are desperate to keep seats in the pews.
Dave Shifflet wrote a book covering this phenomenon in his book EXODUS: Why Americans Are Fleeing Liberal Churches. The logic is simple. "If the Bible doesn't mean what it says why aren't I at the beach on a Sunday Morning?"
Of course the L.A. Times does not see it that way. They seem to believe that Calvary Chapel has blossomed into one of California's largest churches because Pastor Chuck Smith wears Hawaiian "Aloha" shirts (I am not kidding --read the article!)
For all their blather about "Social Justice" (code word for warmed over Marxism with a strong helping of environmental extremism) and "compassion," the left wing of the old mainline denominations are positively venomous when it comes to those who disagree.
The local news ran a two minute feature on a handful of these "clergy" who asked Christians to "repent of the sin of 'homophobia."
If "homophobia" is a phobia then it is a mental illness that one can no more "repent" of that than the "sin" of claustrophobia. In a remarkable feat of cognitive dissonance these religious charlatans use the language of mental health and determinism to condemn those who disagree with them ( "homophobes") and simultaneously claim special innocence for their own personal/sinful choices because they were "just born that way."
"Who are you to judge?" they shriek as they judge from their debased houses of ritual (not much worship, except self-worship) into oblivion.
ELVISNIXON would think even an L.A Times reporter could put the two together.