Thursday, May 20, 2010

An Unspeakable Mockery

The ceremony of "consecration" (to use the word in this connection is to desecrate it) in the Diocese of Los Angeles, May 15, 2010 (H/T: Stand Firm). (The link may not work, because so many are trying to view it. If so, count yourself lucky, and read the descriptions in the comments here.)

The Church of England might want to reconsider.

From 1 Kings:

11:4 When Solomon became old, his wives shifted his allegiance to other gods; he was not wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord his God, as his father David had been. 11:5 Solomon worshiped the Sidonian goddess Astarte and the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. 11:6 Solomon did evil in the Lord’s sight; he did not remain loyal to the Lord, like his father David had. 11:7 Furthermore, on the hill east of Jerusalem Solomon built a high place for the detestable Moabite god Chemosh and for the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. 11:8 He built high places for all his foreign wives so they could burn incense and make sacrifices to their gods.

14:22 Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord. They made him more jealous by their sins than their ancestors had done. 14:23 They even built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree. 14:24 There were also male cultic prostitutes in the land. They committed the same horrible sins as the nations that the Lord had driven out from before the Israelites.

From Habbakuk:

2:18 What good is an idol? Why would a craftsman make it?

What good is a metal image that gives misleading oracles?

Why would its creator place his trust in it

and make such mute, worthless things?

2:19 The one who says to wood, ‘Wake up!’ is as good as dead –

he who says to speechless stone, ‘Awake!’

Can it give reliable guidance?

It is overlaid with gold and silver;

it has no life’s breath inside it.

2:20 But the Lord is in his majestic palace.

The whole earth is speechless in his presence!”


  1. God...I cannot believe what they did.

    Remove that bishop immediately!

    The modern heresy of unconditional inclusionism will invariably lead to things such as these pagan rituals, as well as ssbs, non-celibate lesbian bishops, etc, etc...

    I guess if you are to be a fully inclusive bishop, you can't refuse to include any such foolishness at any worship service because to do so would make you a mean spirited, bigoted, homophobic, carbon burning, sexually inhibited, mysogynistic, meat eating, judgemental exclusivist...stop me before I go too far...

  2. It is a small comfort that the (misnamed) BCP 1979 only provides for the "ordination" of a bishop, not the "consecration" of a bishop.

    It is interesting to me that the words given in the BCP 1928, "Receive the Holy Ghost for the Office and Work of a Bishop in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the imposition of our hands;...," seem to have no parallel at all in the 1979 rite. Instead, at the laying on of hands, the PB tells God the Father what to do, saying, "Therefore, Father, make N. a bishop in your Church,..." Sort of a "Here is the deal, God, this is what you have to do."

    The whole performance was pure Hollywood, with pagan native peoples, orientals of several stripes, a continual sequencing of languages, dancing groups, drummers, and giant animals. It was all entertainment, with no element of worship, other than worship of each other and what wonderful, caring, warm, fuzzy, mindless, people we all are.

    It was a monstrosity.