Other factors the Episcopalian Church needs to dig more deeply into is whether or not they should even bother to call themselves a ‘church’, if by that we are to understand them to say they are a group of Biblical Christians, followers of Jesus Christ.

And if the Episcopalians would assert they are Biblical Christians, the sad saga of a Heather Cook reveals a church gone badly off the rails.

The Apostle Paul, who under God, writes about a third of the New Testament says, “do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery.”  Check Proverbs for lots of references to the sin and stupidity of getting drunk. Oh but their rev. Gary Hall profoundly asks, ‘How do we find a way to be more intentional about our relationship with alcohol?”  –  Well rev. …….try starting with the Bible, a book that might benefit your life.

Then,….why are all these women in leadership over men in the church?….Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies.   Katharine Jefferts Schori, the denominations’s leader. Baltimore’s Rev. Anna Noon.  And then of course the ‘heroine’ of this story, the known drunk, Bishop Heather Cook.

You have to park the Bible on a shelf, or cut out copious portions of the Word of God, or squeeze your eyes real tight, not to see that within the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is men whom God has ordained to be leaders. That does not result in oppression of women IF the church exists to worship and serve the Lord.  True Christianity does more to liberate women than any other religion or world view.  Jesus Christ lifts all of humanity up, out of our selfish fallen condition and with him in charge we, (men and women) can walk through this life with his power to overcome our lower nature.

Women in authority over men in the church almost always leads to a weakening of the authority of the Scriptures, and from that, naturally follows a departure from Biblical teaching and living.

And what about these exalted titles the Episcopalians bestow on one another.  Even a superficial reading of the Bible abundantly shows how sinful this fawning and lavishing of ‘very important person’ titles is within the context of those who have come to the Saviour, Jesus, who alone can save us from our lost estate.  Repeatedly we are told NOT to go about exalting one another or puffing up our own positions.   Gordon Lightfoot sang, “Oh God, the pride of man, broken in the dust again.”

Check it out.  Paul is called Paul.  Peter is called Peter.  John is called John.  James is called James.  Isaiah is called Isaiah.   And he who is Lord and Saviour of the world, is called Jesus.  He comes in humility.  He does not live in mansions or sweep about among men in ornate robes. And he dies a cruel, degrading death for us.  What an example.  What a contrast to the Episcopalian ‘church’.

Excerpts below from Michelle Boorstein:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/manslaughter-charge-prompts-church-to-examine-relationship-with-alcohol/2015/02/11/98acf034-b194-11e4-854b-a38d13486ba1_story.html


The denomination stood out a century ago for saying alcoholism wasn’t an evil. And Episcopal clergy played a significant role in the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous.

So perhaps it was surprising that this week a top church leader said the case of Heather Cook — the Maryland bishop now accused of killing a cyclist while driving drunk — revealed Episcopalians’ “systemic denial about alcohol and other drug abuse.” Leaders will review church policies on drug and alcohol abuse for the first time in 30 years when they have their once-every-three-years meeting this summer.

One bishop is already proposing not drinking at the major gathering, and parishes are launching special worship services for people in recovery. Yet the Episcopal Church’s unusual history regarding drinking adds to the complexity of dealing with the issue.

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies — akin to the speaker of the House for Episcopalians — said in a statement Monday night that she was creating a legislative committee to review the church’s 1985 policy, which has a huge impact on a church that had at the time an usually relaxed attitude toward casual drinking. That policy said for the first time that when church events serve alcohol, they must offer non-alcoholic drinks “with equal attractiveness,” and that church events shouldn’t publicize alcohol as an attraction of a gathering.

After the death of Palermo, Episcopalians were shocked to learn that Cook had been arrested four years earlier in a dramatic drunken-driving incident. In that case, she was driving in the middle of the night on three tires and was too inebriated to take a sobriety test. They have since pushed church leaders in the dioceses of Maryland and Easton — Cook’s previous posting — to explain more about what they knew, why they didn’t share more information when Cook’s candidacy was up for a public vote last spring and whether her drinking was being addressed or ignored.

 Bishop Eugene Sutton, the leader of the Diocese of Maryland, recently disclosed that he told Katharine Jefferts Schori, the denomination’s leader, a couple days before her fall installation that he was worried about Cook’s drinking.

In her statement, Jennings acknowledged that the question of whether the Episcopal Church is too tolerant about drinking doesn’t satisfy those concerned about how leaders handled Cook’s selection.

Leaders of the church have to “acknowledge that the credibility of the process by which we elect bishops is in question,” she wrote. The process of bishop-picking is broken, she said, and is scheduled to be discussed at the General Convention in Salt Lake City this summer.

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, said his church has a high number of people in recovery. At the same time, Hall said that, in his view, the church still has a somewhat lax attitude toward drinking. Before the 1985 policy, he said, he often attended church events that didn’t offer non-alcoholic drinks, and that is still true too often.

“I think the fact that the Diocese of Maryland could elect a woman who clearly has had an alcohol issue and how no one could speak about that publicly was a symptom of a bigger problem,” he said. “The Heather Cook event is making us step back and think: . . . How do we find a way to be more intentional about our relationship with alcohol?”

“We have this thing that alcohol is a sacrament. And we take it really seriously,” Rushing said.

Episcopal priests in the early 1900s were behind the Emmanuel Movement, then a groundbreaking spiritual approach to health that was very concerned with alcoholism — an approach decades ahead of other parts of religion. However, the church’s theology sees all things as God-created and good, Rushing said, unless they are explicitly and totally bad. Episcopalians are open and not absolute.

The church needs to dig more deeply into how church leaders and culture may have contributed to the Cook case, he said, and that may include both insufficient attention to drinking as well as other factors — namely the transparency of the bishop-picking process.

After the Cook case erupted, the Rev. Anna Noon scheduled the first Recovery Eucharist for Feb. 22 at her parish, St. David’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore. It is a special worship service in the sanctuary for people in recovery, which she said will be different from the many 12-step programs that meet in the church for people confronting various addictions.