Wednesday, January 10

Sola Cultura

John Yates is the faithful and courageous Rector of Falls Church, one of the prominent and historic congregations that separated from the Episcopal Chruch this past month. In an article co-written with Os Guiness for the Washington Post, he offered this rather remarkable observations:

"The sola scriptura (by the Scriptures alone) doctrine of the Reformation Church has been abandoned for the sola cultura (by the culture alone) way of the Modern Church. No longer under authority, the Episcopal Church today is either its own authority or finds its authority in the shifting winds of intellectual and social fashion--which is to say it has no authority."

That is so apt, so true, so tragic--and so repeatable.

7 comments:

Hoopdady23 said...

I'm a die-hard Tennessee fan. All of my dad's family live in Knoxville. My mom's family lives in Columbia. About 45 minutes from Franklin. I'm moving there in about a month (to Columbia). I am considering coming to FCS.

Hoopdady23 said...

I agree with you about your post

Matt said...

I read that you enjoyed good books. Could you recommend a few to me? I love to read just about anything. A good book is a bonus.

W. Mark Whitlock said...

I've had the distinct privilege of working on a project briefly with John and his wife Susan. (Their children are amazing as well). They are the real deal. Worshipping at Falls Church was the far and away highlight of a trip to Washington several years ago. I applaud him for his voice in this stand. May we all be so bold in our own private battles against sola cultura.

Diane V. said...

What a braveheart pastor - this John Yates! How about that for "religion in shoes!" Thank you Dr. Grant for highlighting this kind of pastoral heroism!

George said...

Matt: I have a list of recommended books on the King's Meadow website.

Discipula said...

I posted this same quote on my blog this week. As a "cradle" Episcopalian (now in the OPC), I have grieved as the Epis. Church has veered into heresy. Praise God for courageous men like John Yates and Martin Minns. A 90+% congregational vote reflects years of teaching the truth for both churches.