This pretty much nails the Episcopal church and the reason why so many faithful Christians have fled.
- Heresy on some fundamental truth is being taught from the pulpit (Gal. 1:7–9).
- The leaders of the church tolerate seriously errant doctrine from any who are given teaching authority in the fellowship (Rom. 16:17).
- The church is characterized by a wanton disregard for Scripture, such as a refusal to discipline members who are sinning blatantly (1 Cor. 5:1–7).
- Unholy living is tolerated in the church (1 Cor. 5:9–11).
- The church is seriously out of step with the biblical pattern for the church (2 Thess. 3:6, 14).
- The church is marked by gross hypocrisy, giving lip service to biblical Christianity but refusing to acknowledge its true power (2 Tim. 3:5).
Jeff Robinson advises people to stick around and be a gracious, reforming presence and avoid exacerbating the problems in their local body.
It is difficult or next to impossible to avoid exacerbating problems in the local body while attempting to be a reforming presence if you are embedded in a church that has wedded itself to the zeitgeist.
Reformation will always stir up "problems" in such a circumstance because a church wouldn't need a solution like reformation if it didn't have problems to begin with.
The problem with the Episcopal church is that it does not believe that it has a problem.
Those who stick around as a reforming presence will need to have the patience of Gabe Kotter in the television series, "Welcome Back Kotter."
(Cue the scene where Vinnie wants to become a priest)
If Fr. Vinnie Barbarino shows up at your church, it is definitely time to leave.