Katharine Jefferts Schori is the new Episcopal denomination’s presiding bishop. When Time asked, “Is belief in Jesus the only way to get to heaven?” Schori said:
We who practice the Christian tradition understand him as our vehicle to the divine. But for us to assume that God could not act in other ways is, I think, to put God in an awfully small box.
That would be a foolish thing to say for any Christian. But for a top leader of a major denomination to say it is just incredible.
We aren’t assuming Jesus is the only way, as Schori says. God was quite explicit in his Word, noting at least 100 times that Jesus is the only way (page down for more on Jesus being the only way). So if anyone put God in a box it was God himself. If she doesn’t find the Bible to be a reliable source of information about Jesus, I’m not sure where she draws her conclusions about him or why she would be qualified to lead a Christian organization.
I wonder what the bishop would say to persecuted Christians around the world. Would she tell them to stay the course and suffer for their faith? That would seem to be inconsistent with her views. Shouldn’t everyone just conform to their local religious practices if there are so many other vehicles to the divine? It would be more consistent with her worldview to send missionaries to convert people from Christianity to their local religion so they won’t suffer needlessly.
Does she think all religions are vehicles to the divine? If not, how does she determine which are valid? The Bible claims that Jesus is the only way, so that couldn’t be her source of information.
And note how she misses the good news of Jesus exclusivity. There’s a reason they call it the Gospel. We were spiritually dead without him, and He is our only hope of salvation. It isn’t bad news that there is only one way, it is the greatest news that there is a way at all.
Charlotte Allen, author of The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus, said the Episcopal Church is “disintegrating,” and Schori’s election hurts even more. Allen said Schori “voted for Robinson, blessed same-sex couples in her Nevada diocese, prayed to a female Jesus at the [general convention] and invited former Newark, New Jersey, bishop John Shelby Spong, famous for denying Christ’s divinity, to address her priests.”
More on her un-Biblical views here.