by Matt Slick
In an atrociously liberal move, the United States Episcopal diocese decided to "...stop using masculine pronouns for God in future updates to its Book of Common Prayer."1 Apparently using the gender that God decided in his inspired Word, the Bible, is something that the Episcopalians do not follow when updating their Book of Prayer. Why? Is it to offend those entangled in the gender=confusing movement of modern day liberalism? It seems so. You would think that an organization which claims to be Christian and follow the Word of God, the Bible, would stick with what God has revealed about himself.
The Episcopalian Book of Common Prayer which you can find at bcponline.org, "contains the primary services of the Episcopal Church, psalms, prayers and historical documents."2 Another quote says, "The BCP provides liturgical forms, prayers, and instructions so that all members and orders of the Episcopal Church may appropriately share in common worship."3
Now, I must make a confession. I kind of enjoy heresies. I don't know why, but I'm fascinated with inane spiritual failures that clothe themselves in apostolic authority, sacred church tradition, restored church theology, or whatever. It just sucks me right in, and I can't help but read more and more. Then, of course, I have to write about it. Perhaps my writing is a way to overcome any sudden outburst of spiritual Tourette's. I'm not sure. But, it irks me.
Anyway, here's some more lovely wisdom from their official statement.
"Resolved, the House of ____________ concurring, that the 79th General Convention direct the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, if revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God. 4
Does that bother you as much as it does me? I hope so. You see, God is smarter than we are. He has a reason for using masculine pronouns in reference to himself, uh itself...? one's self... herself...??? Dare I bring up the fact that the inter-Trinitarian communion between the Father and the Son (not the Person and the Person) also deals with the incarnation of the Son, not the "it" and not the "she." It was God the Son, who happened to be male who died on the cross for our sins.
If the Episcopalians in Washington DC vote to approve a gender-neutral perspective in their Book of Common Prayer so as not to offend people who are, confused, then what's to stop them from later on producing a gender-neutral Bible? And, if they were to produce a gender-neutral Bible, who knows what other doctrines would be changed because they offend the liberals.
Once you start to alter God's-Word, you can make it say anything you want. Then, eventually, you won't have true Christianity. You will have an imitation of the real thing in which countless people end up damned.