Historic Falls Church has many doctrinal differences with TEC (formerly known as the Episcopal Church USA). These include the Episcopal Church’s ordination of the first non-celibate gay bishop. Falls Church and seven others in northern Virginia, separated from TEC and created a parallel church network aligned with the Anglican Communion. TEC, however, has started a lawsuit to confiscate the property of these churches.
These churches predate the founding of the Episcopal diocese in Virginia itself. In fact, they are among its founding churches. Falls Church itself dates back to 1734 when George Washington was a member.
TEC is waging a very expensive war in court which is costing it and the eight churches $10 million to $16 million. The battle continues, however, after five long years. If you are wondering what TEC plans to do with these churches, look at what TEC did when it won its case in Binghamton, New York. The Church of the Good Shepherd had been in operation since 1879. The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York sold it for $50,000 which was only a fraction of its $386,400.00 value. Then, to rub salt in the wound, it was not sold to another Christian group, in order to fulfill its revenge it was sold to a Muslim group for use as an Islamic Center.
One interesting insight on TEC’s attitude is that Good Shepherd offered to purchase the property before any legal proceedings began. TEC refused and after winning the Binghamton suit, sold the church to the Islamic group for about a third of what the Good Shepherd congregation had offered.
Apparently, since TEC has broken away from following the Scriptures, it appears that TEC’s war strategy is to spend millions of its ministry dollars to destroy the churches whose belief in the Scriptures would no longer allow them to be a part of TEC.
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