November has for many religious denominations been the month in which local congregations solicit from their members pledges of regular weekly financial contributions for the forthcoming year.
That may have motivated the 2-million-member Episcopal Church to invest in a one-half-page ad in USA Today.
This Episcopal Church ad was back-to-back with a USA Today ad claiming to be “the most widely read newspaper” – read “by more people than any other printed national newspaper” – 3,741,000. (But the Wall Street Journal, which is listed second in this ad at 3,450,000, now has the nation’s highest paid newspaper circulation.)
The Episcopal Church ad is a wonderment of coverup.
Its 15 separate sentences describing the denomination are each preceded by the national Episcopal Church symbol, or coat of arms.
Not one of these 15 statements even mentions the prime reason why this denomination – to which so many of this nation’s Founding Fathers belonged – has lost 1.5 million of its members since the 1950s.
One of these 15 statements, under the banner headline “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You,” even mentions its General Convention’s decision to support both same-sex marriage, as well as self-announced and practicing homosexuals as bishops and other clergy.
The closest any of these 15 statements comes to this major cause of the loss of so many members is the 11th:
“We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous.”
But just above that affirmation is the statement:
“We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.”
Yet the Bible, in the Old Testament, surely does not always insist on monogamy – considering, among others, the numerous wives of kings David and Solomon.
On the other hand, if the Episcopal Church were really upholding the Bible – as this expensive advertising claims – this denomination would never have split itself apart by endorsing the sodomite matrimony and ordinations now widely practiced – even though repeatedly condemned in the Bible’s Old and New Testaments.