Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Christian Marriage

The Congregational Episcopal Church sets forth the following as doctrine in order to be married in service or to be considered married after membership.

Marriage, by definition, is a lifelong union between one man and one woman. The Church does not recognize, even as a civil marriage, a contracted relationship between two men or two women.  This is keeping with the Gospel as preached by the Lord Jesus Christ:
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.  Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.  Mark 10: 6-9

From this it is very clear that marriage is to be between one man and one woman.  The Congregational Episcopal Church refuses to redefine marriage even as a civil contract to be anything other than what Jesus Christ defined marriage as.

Let it be known that any minister or deacon of this Church shall be defrocked and excommunicated for performing any marriage ceremony other than as defined above. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Congratulations Pope Francis

Pope Francis Elected 13 March 2013

The US Synod of the Congregational Episcopal Church would like to extend its prayers and congratulations to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio being elected to Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.  As Pope Francis we pray that the division among Christians may be healed.  We stand behind Pope Francis in defending traditional family values, resisting abortion, and advancing the Gospels of Christ to the nations.  We wish to extend our prayer that Pope Francis be courageous in his preaching and be true to the foundation on which Christianity was founded - the Apostle Peter. 

May the Lord bless Pope Francis with clarity of vision and the splendor of truth.  We give our best wishes and prayers for his Papal mission.

In Christ, Bishop Peter Morimoto
Presiding Bishop US Synod of the Congregational Episcopal Church

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The End Times

We have received many emails asking about our outlook on the end times and if we think we are in the end times.  Well, we are in the end times, and we have been since Jesus ascended to His Father's kingdom.  To believe we know when Christ will return, no we do not and no other  human being does either.

One has always needed to be careful when predicting the end times.  Our Lord promised His return and in so doing made it clear that we would not know the moment nor hour.  Through history some predicted and were always wrong about the return of the Lord.  William Miller became shamed when his date in 1844 failed to show that Christ would return.  The year 1910 came and went and the Jehovah Witness Church almost fell apart completely because of false predictions.  Hal Lindsey saw the 1980s completely pass by with no return of Jesus.  May then August 2011 came and went and Harold Camping was wrong about the rapture happening.

There have been some powerful earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and other natural disasters recently, but they aren’t unique to our time. Because population density is much higher today than in past centuries, more people tend to be killed when natural disasters occur.

People of Jesus’ day were superstitious and believed that natural events contained clues about the future. When Jesus’ disciples asked him what the signs of the end of the age would be, Jesus gave them a careful response:

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:4-13 nkjv).

Jesus may have realized that the disciples would expect the destruction ofJerusalemand the temple to occur in close conjunction with His return and the end of the age. To make it clear to them that they shouldn’t linkJerusalem’s fall with His second coming, He told them specifically not to trust false Christs. He also warned them not to think manmade catastrophes such as wars or natural catastrophes such as famines, epidemics, or earthquakes meant the end of the age had arrived. Such catastrophic events should not be viewed as “the birth pains of the Messiah,” as the Jews sometimes viewed them, but as “the beginning of the birth pains” (v.8 niv) of events that would take place throughout history. Christians should be prepared for these things and for the severe persecution that would rise against the church from time to time.

What Jesus prophesied came true—Israelwas judged andJerusalemdestroyed in the Jewish-Roman wars. Yet, as He said, the horrors of siege and battle along with the natural disasters of that period were in fact only the “beginning of the birth pains.” Thousands of catastrophic events of all types—wars, famines, plagues, and earthquakes—have occurred in the intervening centuries, some of them apocalyptic in scale.


Antioch,Syria, ad 525, 250,000 killed;

Aleppo,Syria, 1138, 230,000 killed;

Shaanxi Province,China, 1556, 830,000 killed.


“Great Famine” of Europe, ad 1315–17, millions died;

Indian famine of 1896–1902, millions died;

Chinese famine under Chairman Mao, 1958–61, 20-40 million died.


Antonine Plague (smallpox),Roman Empire, ad 165–180, 5 million died;

Plague of Justinian, 541–542, 25 million died;

Black Death, the Middle East andEurope, 1338–1351, 100 million died.


Thousands of wars and armed conflicts since the time of Jesus Christ have caused millions of deaths.

People who lived during these times can be excused for suspecting that they were living in the end time. However, the wisdom of Jesus’ words of caution regarding the linkage of human or natural disasters with the arrival of the end time has endured. His declaration that we cannot know the day or hour of His return (Matthew 24:36) is as applicable to us today as it was to the apostolic church.