Saturday, August 9, 2008


There is by now, an old saw that says that politics makes strange bedfellows. We know that at least one group that is "in bed" with GAFCON, CANA, AMiA, Greg Venables, Peter Akinola, Henry Orombi etal is the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

Here is what IRD has to say about the current Episcopal Church:

Anglican Action promotes orthodox social witness, teaching, and practice within the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. We labor for an effective Anglican witness to Christ in our nation and our world—a witness grounded in Scripture, rooted in tradition, and informed by reason. That witness has been marred by conflict arising partially from left-leaning social and political stances. For example, a recent denomination-wide survey revealed that nearly half of all Episcopal parishes reported “moderate” to “very serious” conflict over the Episcopal Church’s “inclusive” actions on homosexuality taken at its 2003 General Convention.
Such stances often take root in the soil of a “progressive” theology that downplays or denies the authority of Scripture and disregards traditional Anglican theology. Consequently, thousands of Anglicans—in some cases, entire parishes—have left the Episcopal Church.

Here is what they say about the evangelical movement:

A good number of the IRD’s friends and supporters, staff, and board members would consider themselves to be evangelicals. Some are members of explicitly evangelical denominations. Others belong to independent evangelical churches. Still others are in the oldline Protestant denominations, which historically have had a large evangelical element.

Regardless of their church affiliation, evangelicals in the IRD share a high view of the authority of the Scriptures, the atoning work of Christ as sole Savior of the world, and the call for all to trust and declare that saving Gospel. And they understand that in saying “yes” to the Gospel, the church must say “no” to any political agenda that might be substituted for the Gospel.

Here is what the IRD says about it's mission:

Reforming the Churches to Renew Democracy

The Institute on Religion and Democracy is

> an ecumenical alliance of U.S. Christians
> working to reform their churches' social witness, in accord with biblical and historic teachings,
> thereby contributing to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad.

If you ever wonder where some of the most outspoken bishops throughout the world get the idea that it is okay to tell each person what they want to hear we have to look no further than the company they keep (as well as the source of funding). BTW, Jeff Walton, a member of Falls Church, Falls Church, VA is a key player in this organization. But you Virginians probably already knew that!