Akinola Anglican Leader Officially Joins the Religious Right
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Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 01:51:26 PM EST
In the minds of many observers, the schismatic former Episcopalians aligned with the Institute on Religion and Democracy had not really migrated into the Religious Right. The Religious Right was more the terriory of fiery Southern Baptists and apocalyptic Pentecostals than starchy Episcopalians. But times do change.

Chunks of the American Episcopal Church have broken off (including the church of Washington Post columnist and former Bush speechwriter Michael ("Axis of Evil") Gerson) and placed themselves under the authority of the fiercely anti-gay, anti-Muslim Archbishop Akinola of Nigeria. Akinola's missionary bishop to the United States is the Rev. Martyn Minns -- who recently spoke at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit in DC.

Rev. Katherine Ragsdale of Political Research Associates reports that
Minns spoke about the cleavage to a major gathering of the Christian Right at the Values Voters Summit on September 12 in Washington, D.C. Mainline churches are set to destroy timeless values that formed U.S. churches, he said, and conservative teachings on homosexuality and life are "core values" that are "universal, timeless, and non-negotiable." An audio of his speech is here.

It should be noted that Minns was not a bishop in the U.S. Episcopal Church before leaving. He was ordained a "missionary" bishop by the Anglican Church of Nigeria to oversee the Nigerian churches in the United States. It should also be noted that the Church in Nigeria, under whose authority Minns holds his position, does not ordain women. This discrimination is a "value" Minns chose not to mention in Washington.

Minns defies the stereotype of the conservative evangelical or conservative Catholic leaders of the Religious Right.  But he epitomizes a dimension of the Religious Right that has been there all along, and is emergent, significant, and not going away.

Good, the less fundies we have, the better off everyone will be.

by Neotheo on Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 10:47:41 PM EST

The true story is Minns is not a traditional Episcopalian. He is a Charismatic Episcopalian.

And as it is with ALL Protestant demonminations when a member becomes a Charismatic they can no longer be considered a "traditional" member of that denomination because they have become a Fundamentalist.

Here is a quoted from a March, 2007 Washington Post article about Minns:

"Minns was drawn into religious service in the 1970s at St. Paul's Episcopal, a Connecticut church that is considered a birthplace of the charismatic renewal movement among mainline Protestants."

Minns is a part of the "renewal" movement that is out to destroy the Protestant church in America and around the world.

by JerrySloan on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 03:43:17 PM EST

I stopped having anything to do with the Episcopal church- first with the steeplejacked versions because they are not much different than the AoG in many ways, and then (later) with the progressives because I was told I couldn't be Christian unless I also was pacifist.  Thus, I stopped having anything to do with that church many months ago.

This has been going on for some time.  I agree with the comments about the "Charismatic Movement"- it's been my observation over decades that when people go Charismatic, they become dogmatic, legalistic, and VERY harsh-spirited after a while.  The Charismatic movement began decades ago, and based upon the things I observed when I was a member of the Assemblies of God cult (29-26 years ago), that movement is directly tied to the Assemblies and other related groups.  I knew that the AoG I attended had people who went to the "Charismatic" services at other churches- to try to "steal sheep" and to encourage that church's leadership into becoming more dominionist (with the deliberate blessing and encouragement by the pastor!)  I also knew that it was tied to the deliberate and planned attempts at steeplejacking in general- the AoG "students" I hung out with talked about how the "Charismatic movement" was connected to the AoG on many occasions- and it was part of the plan.

It sounds like the denomination has finally began splitting.  I'm not surprised.  I've got enough to deal with/do as it is, I don't need the stress of being in that mess as well.

(Church should be a place where stress is reduced, not multiplied!!!)

by ArchaeoBob on Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 12:01:22 PM EST

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