Now they're baptizing infants! Rarely have I found The Surprising God blog so surprising.
Grace Communion International (GCI), baptizes adult believers and their infant children.Really!?!? Since when?
Ol' Herb Armstrong will now be rotating in his Pasadena Lawn Cemetery grave at nigh on twice the speed of sound.
Just look at the official eight-minute video, if you have a high pain threshhold. Does Douggie not know that he's forgotten his tie? Surely that makes the ceremony invalid in itself, nicht wahr? I see the dowdy old hall ambience has been faithfully maintained at least, along with the compulsion to over-talk everything.
First they ditch sabbatarianism, then chiliasm (millennialism), and now they're holding hands with those apostate baby christeners of Christendom?
I'm shocked, shocked!
Oh look! Ted has a quotation from God's Holy Apostle James Torrance! And another from Migliori. Well, THAT certainly settles it.
But why, dear CGI members, has all this reform not penetrated into the hierarchic structure of the church? Why is Joe Tkach still supreme High Poobah ("Pastor General") when...
- He has no mandate
- Nobody voted him in
- His appointment was courtesy of his dad
- He appoints the church board rather than the other way around
- There are no checks and balances that seem to apply to him
- He pleads "episcopacy" in a church which first started using that language in 1979 as a way of weaseling out of legal accountability to the State of California
Plinkety plonk, plinkety plonkAh, the good old days...
Hope this makes hair
Grow on your bonk.