Monday, February 21, 2005

Churchly Quality Control XIII: a timely Morning Prayer lesson

With the Primates meeting beginning today, I find it interesting that one of the 1928 BCP Morning Prayer lessons for today is I Corinthians 5, a prime chapter on church discipline.

In it, Paul berates the Corinthian church for being “puffed up” about their inclusiveness and tolerance instead of calling sin sin and dealing with it. He warns them that “a little leaven leavens the whole lump” – which sounds like the 20th century history of the mainline denominations. And he tells them to “purge out the old leaven” of the evil among them.

It sounds very like a good agenda for the Primates.

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