There are so many things wrong with this article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that I don’t even know where to begin. It frightens me that men placed in charge of a flock in a parish are willing to follow the world to this extent. If he’s willing to try this experiment himself, what of the souls under his charge?
I do have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this “pastor’s” bishop is taking action against him. Seeing how things have been going in the Episcopal church in recent years, I figured that this would be lauded as a great project in diversity and acceptance by others of that denomination, including the higher-ups. So at least someone is willing to draw a line somewhere.
I think this is the sentence I found most disturbing:
“On Wednesday, the first day of Lent, he began performing salah five times a day, by facing east, toward Mecca, and praying to Allah.”
Maybe someone should tell this guy that if he’s praying to Allah, he is not praying to the Triune God. There’s just no comparison. That’s Theology 101 right there. Or maybe I’m just too simple and conservative to understand this experiment.
His public, ecumenical series may be called “Giving up Church for Lent,” but what he’s really doing is giving up Christ for Lent.
Lord have mercy on us all.