Internal conflicts and divisions within
mainline Protestant denominations:
"Disunity distorts truth, wastes resources, hinders witness,
impoverishes worship and discredits the gospel." Statement by
an anonymous Irish Methodist; quoted by the Most Reverend George Carey, Archbishop of
Canterbury at ecumenical vespers, 2000-MAY-17.
"Today, there are two religions in the Episcopal Church. One
remains faithful to the biblical truth and received teachings of the Church,
while the other rejects them...Radical activists seek to replace biblical
truth and godly morality with secular humanism and moral relativism. We have
become a church which contradicts our own teaching." Report of the
Concerned Clergy and Laity of the Episcopal Church. 1
"A high-ranking Lutheran pastor has been suspended from his
duties and ordered to apologize to all Christians for participating with
Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and Hindus in an interfaith prayer service in New
York's Yankee Stadium after Sept. 11." Alan Cooperman, Washington
Post staff writer. 2
Intense conflicts have resulted, particularly within mainline Christian
denominations such as Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Methodist
churches. Conservatives within these denominations have formed
Back-to-Tradition or Renewal groups, which often exist in a state of
tension with the more liberal leadership of their denomination.
This series of essays will deal mainly with internal
conservative-liberal conflicts within mainline denominations.
Alan Cooperman, "New York Lutheran Leader Suspended: Synod Seeks
Pastor's Apology for Praying With 'Pagans' After Sept. 11 Attacks,"
Washington Post, 2002-JUL-6, Page A02. See: