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May 20 2016 By dvirtue Church in West Declining * 60 Episcopal Bishops to Wear Orange * Quincy Wins Over TEC in Property Wars * San Joaquin Diocese Files for New Hearing * Labrie released with Ankle Monitor * Church of South India Moderator Blasted for Corruption

In case you haven't noticed, the Church in the West is in a decline, and in the United States, it's about to hit a steep decline. The rise of Nones, the shrinkage of Protestantism, and, according to one report, the number of voters who identify themselves as Catholic in polling research, has taken a dip -- from 22.6 percent in 2012 to just 20.3 percent in 2016.

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May 06 2016 By dvirtue Four NC Bishops Condemn State's Bathroom Bill * GAFCON General Secretary says Canterbury Meeting a complete Failure * Future of AC lies with GAFCON * Sex Abuse Scandal at St. George's-Newport RI * ACoC to circumvent Marriage Canon * Va & Liverpoool linked

Doing the truth. Everywhere in the New Testament God's truth is something to be *done*, not something only to be believed. It carries with it demands, duties, obligations. The evangelical faith radically transforms those who believe and embrace it. --- John R. W. Stott

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May 6, 2016

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April 30 2016 By dvirtue Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh Elects New Bishop * Great Lakes gets news ACNA Bishop * Sex Scandal at Kansas Military Academy * Did St. Paul's Dean deliberately mislead CofE Evangelicals * GAFCON Secretary General Rips ACC as irrelevant

Prophecy today. We should certainly reject any claim that there are prophets today comparable to the biblical prophets. For they were the 'mouth' of God, special organs of revelation, whose teaching belongs to the foundation on which the church is built. There may well, however, be a prophetic gift of a secondary kind, as when God gives some people special insight into his Word and his will. But we should not ascribe infallibility to such communications.

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April 22 2016 By dvirtue Lusaka ACC-16 lovefest gives TEC a Pass * GAFCON Primates Meet in Nairobi * Will Welby's history handicap Anglican Communion * Canadian Churches Close * San Joaquin and Ft. Worth Continue Legal Battles * Trinity Wall Street Grants influence Global South

"This hyper-self-consciousness about 'Who am I? Where exactly am I on the gender spectrum?' is mere navel-gazing, while in the Middle East ISIS is beheading people. It is a kind of madness of self-absorption." -- Camille Paglia

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April 15 2016 By dvirtue Welby's Real Father * Forged Letter Scandal at ACC-16 * TEC spins Lusaka * Canadian Anglicans use 'local option' to allow SS marriage * Nigeria: Gay Marriage is Madness * Sudan expands with new Archbishop * VTS wins Architecture award

It becomes a death spiral for the denomination when the keys to the Church are handed over to revisionist bishops and priests time and time again who ensure that the fundamentals of Christianity are not taught to future generations. Those future generations of blissfully ignorant pewsitters will continue to make poor choices, and as long as there are enough of them to pay the bills, the church will stagger its doom. --- The Underground Pewster

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April 07 2016 By dvirtue TEC PB Fires Three Top Execs at National Headquarters * Court Ruling: San Joaquin Parishes will stay in TEC * BDSM and Kinks at Sewanee University * Egyptian Primate Bows out of ACC Lusaka Meeting * Georgia TEC Priest gets 3 years for Child Porn

Strong-arming smaller countries into accepting LGBT rights is an explicit element in the Obama Administration's foreign policy. The half-dozen gay US ambassadors, including Mr. Brewster, (Dominican Republic) have openly acknowledged that trade agreements are being used to advance "equality" and "tolerance" for gays and lesbians. "We know firsthand that US interests are best served when we pursue policies that also advance our values.

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March 18 2016 By dvirtue Nigerian Primate Blasts TEC as Recruitment Camp, Blackmail, Indoctrination and Toxic Relationship * Diocese of PA Elects new Bishop * Welby Berated over Child Sex Scandal * DofSC considers affiliation with ACNA * Episcopal DofSC considers USC affiliation

The Church of Nigeria shall be in full communion with all Anglican Churches, Dioceses and Provinces that hold and maintain the Historic Faith, Doctrine, Sacrament and Discipline of the one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church as the Lord has commanded in His holy word and as the same are received as taught in the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal of 1662 and in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. --- Archbishop Nicholas Okoh

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March 11 2016 By dvirtue Kenya & Uganda Bow out of Lusaka * Canadian Anglicans Mull Homosexual Marriage * Sudanese Diocese ends relationship with Diocese of Indianapolis * Queen does not believe in Gay Marriage * FIF-UK claims 300 parishes don't want woman bishop

The mantra of the culturally attuned liberalism within Anglicanism is one of celebrating and ensuring 'inclusion'. At first sight this might seem to be fulfil some of the conditions of Jesus' invitation to unity. The difficulty is, as we have seen and known for some while, that inclusion does not mean what it says. Rather it means the reconfiguration of different sets of values. --- Gavin Ashenden

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