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January 10, 2014

An unaffiliated Christian

I have been a baptised and confirmed member of the Church of England, or an Anglican
- but have come to regard the CoE as gone over to the Dark Side so far and so fully that it would be counterproductive to maintain my erstwhile loyalty to the institution. In a sense I remain loyal to the best of the CoE and to the historical church - but that best is now so small and feeble a thing - compared with the size and dominance of the evil element - that in practice it means little. Bruce Charlton's Miscellany: What is the status of non-denominational/ unaffiliated Christians?

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 10, 2014 5:01 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

I have been there, too. I became Catholic, knowing that I was entering a church filled with corruption, vice, schism and demoralized. I ask myself why, and it comes back to this: To draw closer, as close as I can to Christ. And I'm content.

Posted by: Jewel at January 10, 2014 7:16 PM

Funny, singing was the only part of church I enjoyed.

Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at January 10, 2014 8:00 PM


Our experiences are similar, if not parallel - and our reasons. I was confirmed two years ago at 66, and life has been enriched beyond measure.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 10, 2014 8:58 PM

Jewel, for similar reasons, after Nam, I gave up on organized religions and followed the Tao. The corruption in the great churches is impossible to tolerate.
"I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay their hands on everything they can get."
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at January 11, 2014 4:33 AM

I was raised in an orthodox New England Protestant tradition. Unitarians, Congregationals, Quakers. Hippie ministers, social justice, peace in our time...after years of confirmed atheism, at the age of 53, I walked into a men's prayer group. Something changed for me.

Posted by: Will at January 11, 2014 6:49 AM

I was raised in the Lutheran -- the LCA synod, specifically -- but ever since I attended college I have always considered myself a christian first, and only secondarily a member of whatever denomination my church of the moment is affiliated with. I have belonged to non-denominational churches, and currently the church I attend is, nominally, a Baptist church. Depending on where I live in the future, I may go Lutheran again, but I would never join one in the ELCA synod (the successor of the LCA, which merged with the ALC), because they have gone too far the way of the world, and have strayed to far from traditional doctrines.

Posted by: Grizzly at January 11, 2014 7:19 PM

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