Friday Epistle for May 12, 2017

May 13th, 2017 by

Greetings to you all,

The picture is from this past Wednesday, May 10th, at The Abbey at Pawley’s Island, SC.



At the head of the table is Bishop Fitzsimmons Allison, formerly the Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina and prior to that professor at Sewanee, The University of the South, and then Virginia Seminary. To his right is Archbishop Kolini. To his left is Bishop Sospeter and Bishop Aaron from Tanzania. Not seen in the picture are Bishop Edmond from Ghana, Bishop William from the DRC, Bishop Gerry Schnackenberg from Colorado, and me. Bishop Fitz is lecturing to us on the religion of secularism and illustrating why it is such a weak but insidious religion.


During the discussion time I asked him about a new book entitled The Benedict Option. My question was, is MTD (see below) how the religion of secularism has been creeping into the Christian faith and hollowing out our churches?


We live in a world where those who consider themselves religious, and a lot of, those who call themselves Christians, and even their churches, are now following  “a mushy pseudoreligion the researchers have deemed, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.  MTD has 5 basic tenets:


1   A God exists who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth period.

2   God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.

3   The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.

4   God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when he is needed to resolve a problem.

5   Good people go to heaven when they die.”


Taken from: THE BENEDICT CODE by Rod Dreher.


You might ask yourself, “What’s wrong with this?”





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Please be praying as tomorrow is Kevin Donlon’s consecration as Bishop. I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

About this author:

Carl Buffington

Carl Buffington, Rector My ministry at New Covenant began in 1993. Barbara, my wife, and our 3 children moved here from Evergreen, CO, high and dry to low and wet, quite a change. I was brought up in the northeast, a suburb of New York, and Barbara grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. We met while I was attending The Philadelphia Divinity School in West Philadelphia where I received an M.Div. degree in 1972, and I was ordained a deacon and priest in the same year. I went to seminary directly from college. I earned an A.B. degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. For 5 years of my ministry I was a traveling evangelist, sharing the story of our Lord and his presence and power in a different church every weekend. What I have always loved about New Covenant is the blending of the charismatic, the evangelical, and the sacramental aspects of the Faith. And what still gets me up in the morning is seeing people change, seeing people encounter the living Lord. I just love to see hearts changed by the Holy Spirit. Education: BA from the College of William & Mary 1969 MA in Divinity from the Philadelphia Divinity School 1972 Ordination: Ordained in the Diocese of CT – Deacon and Priest 1972 Ordained and Consecrated a Bishop, Emissary to Boga Diocese, Democratic Republic of the Congo - 2015

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