Canon duBois Warns of Apostasy

Episcopal News Service. February 11, 1976 [76049]

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The president of the American Church Union and the national coordinator of "Episcopalians United," has declared that the Episcopal Church, as presently constituted, might very well cease to exist following the Church's September 1976 Minnesota General Convention.

Preaching at a centennial service at Washington's Episcopal Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes, on Sunday, January 25, the Rev. Canon Albert J. duBois, S.S.C., D.D., based his prediction on scriptural and historical precedents, declaring that the Church has already taken the first steps into formal apostasy, citing at least six such actions: denial of the Divinity of Christ; abandonment of the Apostolic Ministry; false doctrine; idolatrous worship; rejection of law and order; harboring false prophets.

Canon duBois heads an effort to mobilize the clergy and laity of the Episcopal Church to meet the crisis called Episcopalians United. He described the first four months of the work of the group as resulting in an unprecedented response with individuals and groups totaling over 350,000 people in support of Episcopalians United.

The Episcopalians United motto is "No Surrender," -- of the Church's Apostolic heritage; "No Desertion," -- of the Episcopal Church as presently constituted even should its General Convention seek to downgrade it to a denominational status.

Canon duBois and some 50 other Episcopal Church leaders from across the country were recently in Washington, D.C., for a two-day major planning and policy meeting at the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes.