Why I Left the Episcopal Church – People believe the Episcopal Church is the “third alternative” between the Roman Catholic Church and Evangelicalism. Is this true? Does it show Catholicism or Protestantism in the right way?
Before I carried out the research for this article, I had no clue that the episcopal church was so far from the Bible and so full of heresy. Now, after spending a lot of time researching, studying, and reading, I’ve come to the conclusion that the episcopal church is much worse than I thought. I’m talking about so many wrong doctrines. We believe that this article will show a lot of proof of that.
Here’s why I left the episcopal church
Number 1 – Sodomy
The Episcopal Church accepts sodomy and homosexuality, but the Bible states unequivocally that those who engage in these behaviors will not get into God’s kingdom. In other words, a sodomite who doesn’t repent will spend all of the eternal afterlives in hell unless he or she changes (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Romans 1:24-27). It is particularly wrong for Episcopal Church to hire a “priest” who is a homosexual to lead a gathering of Christians. Nevertheless, the Episcopal Church currently practices this!
Number 2 – Abortion
The Bible states that killing a baby (via abortion) is evil and leads to eternal damnation for the mom, the dad, the doctor, and the nurses involved (Romans 1:29, 32; 6:23). The Episcopal Church accepts and supports this cruel sin.
Number 3 – Feminism
The Episcopal Church says that feminism is “alive and well”! But God says a woman should be submissive to a man and should not be in charge of him (1 Timothy 2:11-12; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 14:33-37). The man, on the other hand, is to be a leader in his household, in the church (1 Peter 3:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:1-2; Titus 2:3-5), and in society as a whole (Romans 13:1-7). Clearly, a woman shouldn’t be a “parish priest” (shepherd) or “bishop” (officer in charge) in the assembly, and this evil must be completely abandoned. Let’s remember that the Bible says women should stay at home (1 Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:3-5) and not be in the public eye or in charge, like in the Episcopal Church.
Number 4 – Resurrection
A person must believe in the resurrection and accept the gospel—however, the Episcopal Church tends to promote infant “baptism” (Mark 16:16; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-39; 8:12; 22:16; Romans 6:3-5). If you take the Bible seriously, you should know that only an adult or a grown child who is fully accountable, aware, and serious can be genuinely baptized.
Number 5 – Sins
Also, the Episcopal Church doesn’t believe that you have to fully turn away from your sins to be saved (cf. Luke 13:3,5; Acts 3:19; 20:21). (We know that a baby can’t repent, even though he or she could, the baby wouldn’t need to—see Matthew 18:3–4 and 19:14–15.)
Number 6 – Baby Faith
Also, a baby can’t believe or have faith (which goes against what Luther said about infant faith!). The Bible doesn’t talk about baby faith or baby repentance, so it’s clear that the Episcopal Church can’t teach these things. See John 3:14–18, 36, 6:47, 8:12, Acts 5:14, and 16:30–31, in particular. But the Bible says that to be saved by Jesus, a person must have faith in him. A baby, who is unable to talk, can’t have faith in Jesus.
Number 7 – Baptism
Baptism in the Episcopal Church typically takes the form of a pouring or sprinkling (immersion). God’s Word doesn’t say or approve that people should do these things (John 3:23; Matthew 3:15-16; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:11-12). But since this church doesn’t believe the Bible is reliable, it’s not something to pay any attention to.
Number 8 – Orthodoxy
The Episcopal Church promotes a “high church” doctrine. This is similar to Roman Catholicism and the Orthodox Churches. For instance, if you go to an Episcopal Church, you’ll see a lot of religious garments and other decorations. Or, to put it another way, the priest’s garments and those of the other clergy members clearly carry the hallmarks of Episcopalianism’s “high church.” We’ve come to expect this from Catholicism, but it’s also true of Episcopalianism.
Number 9 – Marriage
Either people were not allowed to get married at all, or they were only allowed to have one spouse. The Episcopal Church, on the other hand, allows remarriage and divorce (Luke 16:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Matthew 19:3-12; Mark 10:11-12).
Number 10 – Scripture
In many ways, a lot of Episcopalians don’t believe that Scripture is inspired, authoritative, or reliable (2 Timothy 3:15-17). So, why should they believe what the Bible teaches if they don’t think it came from God?
Number 11 – Trans
The Episcopal Church presently accepts “transgenderism,” which is when someone of one sex acts like someone of the other sex (Mark 10:3-12). (This is closely linked to the “twin” sin of being gay, which I talked about above.)
Number 12 – Social Connection
Many people who stay in the Episcopal Church or other “mainstream” churches just want to keep their social connections, customs, or elegance of worship (cf. John 12:42-43).
Number 13 – God’s Word
A lot of Episcopalians don’t believe that God’s Word is ethically right. For instance, we cannot have more than one spouse. Or else, this would undoubtedly be an extramarital relationship, and God will punish infidelity (Hebrews 13:4). Obviously, this is only one of the numerous points we could make.
Are Episcopalians losing members?
Yes. Their membership rates have been declining since the 1960s. It reached its peak in 1959 with over 3 million members.
What do Episcopalians think happens when a person dies?
In Episcopalian doctrine, it is believed that when someone passes away, the Holy Spirit is freed from the body and returns to God, while the body goes back to the earth that nourished it in the period of its life.
What is an acceptable reason to change churches?
There are numerous biblical reasons for leaving a church (e.g., misleading doctrine, dishonest worship, materialistic influence, etc.).