Bishop urges Texas exit from Episcopal church

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
By Frank Lockwood

The Right Rev. Jack Leo Iker, bishop of the diocese of Fort Worth, has written an extraordinary manifesto titled “10 Reasons Why Now is the Time to Realign.” The document, based on its contents, could just as easily have been called “10 Reasons to Leave the heretical, humanistic, unitarian Episcopal Church.” Presumably, we’ll see it again if and when the presiding bishop [inevitably] attempts to defrock him.

Here are reasons 3 and 4. They’re a representative sampling:

3. The heresies and heterodoxy once proclaimed by just a few renegade bishops – like James Pike and John Spong – are now echoed by the Presiding Bishop, who is the chief spokesperson for TEC and speaks on behalf of our church to the rest of the world. She does not reflect the orthodox beliefs of Episcopalians in this diocese. The greatest problem we face with Katharine Jefferts Schori is not that she is a woman, but that she is not an orthodox bishop.

4. If we do not act now, we will lose our momentum and lose our God-given opportunity. Many laity and clergy who have been standing with the Diocese, as a beacon of hope, will give up and leave for other Anglican bodies. We will never be stronger than we are right now! We will never have another chance to act with such a strong majority. The Episcopal Church many of us were born into or became members of many years ago no longer exists! It has been replaced by a liberal, revisionist sect that does not deserve our allegiance or support any longer.

(Click here to read all 10 points.)

Iker argues that the canons of the Episcopal Church do not prevent a diocese from seceding. He predicts the canons will be amended to add such a provision in 2009.

Look for Pittsburgh to vote to leave the Episcopal Church on Saturday, with Fort Worth following close behind. Litigation appears inevitable.

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