After several decades of abandonment of Scriptural Authority in liberal mainline denominations, entire regional divisions of the Episcopal Church are voting to abandon the mother ship as it sails into the Abyss.
-- From "Diocese to Break From Episcopal Church" by the Associated Press, posted at The Washington Times 10/5/08
MONROEVILLE, Pa., Oct. 4 -- Clergy and lay members of the theologically conservative Pittsburgh diocese voted overwhelmingly Saturday to break from the liberal Episcopal Church.
The Pittsburgh diocese, on a 240 to 102 vote, voted to leave the U.S. church amid disagreement over biblical teachings on salvation and other issues, including homosexuality.
Instead, it will align with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone in South America.
Bishop Robert Duncan, who led the Pittsburgh diocese for 11 years, was removed from office by the Episcopal House of Bishops last month. The South American church already recognizes Duncan as a bishop and has welcomed another U.S. church, the Diocese of San Joaquin, based in Fresno, Calif., into its fold.
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Mainline church members are notorious for weak stands against apostasy in their hierarchy. In most denominations, if a local church challenges the leadership, the denomination may seize the local church property. In contrast, when a majority of local churches secede en masse, the denomination's lawsuit to retain all properties from those leaving is likely to lose.
It's disappointing to when Christians emphasize the seen, over the unseen.