(AgapePress) – A Virginia congregation says it has left the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) — and the pastor of that congregation fears his former bishop may take retaliatory action against the parish.
South Riding Church is the first parish to leave the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia after two years of conflict over ECUSA’s ordination of an openly homosexual bishop in New Hampshire. But Pastor Phil Ashey says his problems with the Episcopal Church run much deeper than its approval of Bishop V. Gene Robinson.
"Really the issue of Robinson’s consecration and the blessing of same-sex unions is simply the presenting issue of a deep, deep disease in the Episcopal Church and its leadership," Ashey explains, "which is the abandonment of Holy Scripture as the basis for what we believe."
I do wonder how an Episcopal bishop tells a church that splits that schism is a bad thing?
Though I do think this can be all explained by the theory of Ecclesial-refractive half-life. This is the measure of the tendency of churches to "decay" or "disintegrate" after splitting from the Catholic Church. The Ecclesial-refractive half-life is a defined as the time it takes for half of the members of a congregation to to move to new churches or to start their own. The decay time is dependent on a number of external stimuli. For example some churches have a relatively long half-life if they are more closely wedded to a nation such as the majority of Orthodox churches. Your local neighborhood "Bible church" non-congregation congregation might have a half-life measured in days or months. Half-life’s have a tendency to increase in frequency as time goes on.
The basic unit of measure for describing the activity (Ecclesial-refractivity) of a quantity of ecclesial structure is the curia (not curie, but the Maria part still holds) or the measure of magisterial fidelity to Christ’s Church. Since the gates of Hell will never prevail against the Church the curia formula is 1C = 1 X ∞. Now the Church has infinite Mass as prophesied by Malachi "For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts." Though even with the infinite Mass of the Church there are other effects that can strip an individual from the one true Church. For example free will caused the first Adam to split causing a new clear expulsion. In fact the the Garden of Eden was wiped out.
Sometimes members of the Church (the elect or electon) when excited by more active liturgies will jump from an orbit close to the nucleus of the Church to orbits farther away. This usually happens due to a weak catechesis field. The electon moving away from the nucleus is normally done in good faith where they believe they are actually moving closer to the nucleus which is the Body of Christ – the Church. This is one of the effects of ecclesial relativity where an observer within the Church can see an individual that is trying to move forward but is actually moving farther away. This would present a problem if grace was not all pervasive and not slowed by any barrier except free will. You can tell when you are actually moving closer to the nucleus of the Church when the effects of Mass increases. The distance and energy it takes an electon to move from a lower to higher orbit is known as a Tiber. Sometimes an electon can be excited by effects such as church history causing it to make the leap. Surprisingly sometimes even Gene Therapy has been know to move electons across the Tiber. Gene Robinson has in fact caused some electons to make the jump.
Unfortunately there are many effects that can strip an electon from the nucleus such as ecclesial decay within the Church, scandals, and the bad example of Catholics. When an lower orbit electon can discern no discernable effect of Christ on a Catholic it can cause an increase of repulsion from the Church making to harder to obtain a closer orbit. Just as in trigonometry sin can be a problem and even acute if you go off on a tangent from God. Sin is the inverse measure of closeness to God and is reciprocal to holiness. The area of mathematics as related to sin is called Baalean Algebra.
Fortunately there is a mathematical formula to help us all to maintain an orbit as close to Jesus as possible. This formula is known as the Mathnificat.
My Will = Your Will
As simple as this formula appears it must be continually solved each day to keep our orbits close to Christ. Otherwise it can result in the total decay of our orbit resulting in an orbituary.
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