A Place to Stand:
a Call to Action

from the "Dallas" Convention

[The following declaration was made by those Episcopalians who had gathered in Dallas last week (Oct. 8) to seek a realignment of their position in the Anglican Communion -- due to the election and coming consecration of Gene Robinson, an active homosexual person, as bishop of New Hampshire.   The meeting brought forth some of the strongest language every heard from Episcopalians about their Church and loyalty to Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords.   See comment at end.]

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

As Anglican Christians committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, under the
authority of Holy Scripture, and members of God's one, holy, catholic, and
apostolic Church:

1. We proclaim our Lord's Great Commandment and His Great Commission to be
   our life's highest calling.

2. We repudiate the 74th General Convention's confirmation of a non-celibate
   homosexual to be a bishop of the Church, and its acceptance of same-sex
   blessings as part of our common life.  These actions have broken
   fellowship with the larger body of Christ and have brought the Episcopal
   Church under Godıs judgment.

3. We repent of our part in the sins of the Episcopal Church, and we pray
   for all those who are being hurt and led astray by these actions.

4. We call the leadership of the Episcopal Church to repent of and reverse
   the unbiblical and schismatic actions of the General Convention.

5. We declare our commitment to the Lord's life-giving teaching about
   sexuality and marriage embraced by Christians throughout all ages, and as
   affirmed by the 1998 Lambeth Conference.  We celebrate God's
   unconditional love for all people, and we proclaim God's transforming
   power for everyone seeking sexual purity and wholeness.

6. We redirect our financial resources, to the fullest extent possible,
   toward biblically orthodox mission and ministry, and away from those
   structures that support the unrighteous actions of the General
   Convention. We will support our partners in the Anglican Communion.

7. We appeal to the Primates of the Anglican Communion to intervene in the
   Episcopal Church to:
 
   1. Discipline those bishops in the Episcopal Church who, by their
      actions, have departed from biblical faith and order;
 
   2. Guide the realignment of Anglicanism in North America;
 
   3. Encourage orthodox bishops as they extend episcopal oversight,
      pastoral care, and apostolic mission across current diocesan
      boundaries; and
 
   4. Support isolated and beleaguered parishes and individuals in their
      life and witness as faithful Anglican Christians.
 
To the glory of God.  Amen.

[COMMENT: The third item above is the key to the success of the meeting.  Will those assembled really repent of their failures in the last decades which have led to our present disaster?   Will they learn how to reach out to homosexual persons (and, indeed, all sinners, including themselves) with grace and understanding?   Will they learn how to deal openly and gracefully and forcefully with the arrant dishonesty of the homosexualists?  

If they do not, if they are merely posturing, then the realignment will be simply the next step to another and similar disaster down the road, perhaps over some other issue.  

Christians must learn how to handle the issues of epistemology (how do we know what we know?).   Christians must appropriate the two crown jewels of Western Civ., scientific method and due process in civil law, or continue to be of little use to the Kingdom of God in the 21st century, as we were in the 19th an 20th centuries, losing Western culture to secularism and paganism.     E. Fox]

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