serge: I told the forum in this thread and others that I am not Catholic and that I am NOT orthodox. What more is there to tell?
Again, thanks for being honest about that.
I understand your need to ferret out where I come from and where I stand so that you can slot me into a little box
Looking at the many, many named and categorized heresies (including obscure ones most of us have never heard of) condemned by the Church Catholic
in the early centuries of its life, it seems I'm in good, un-PC company.
but you will find that I do not fit neatly into any box you would place me in. I have this rude habit of thinking for myself and of asking questions other people never think of. That is the biggest problem I had at the other forum mentioned by Linus. I do not fit into any of their theological boxes.
You and your church's website have answered all these questions. You are a Protestant
who belongs to a church with vagante
orders founded and run by an ex-RC of the charismatic persuasion.
CF offeres several "congregational" choices.
Protestant/reformed - I don't fit there because I am both liturgical and sacramental and I happen to like the Virgin so . . . .
Catholic - I'm not ultra-montanist, reject infallibility and indulgences so I do not fit there . . .
Orthodox - I'm not orthodox - I really do not know enough about the orthodox to say more than that - hence why I ultimately agreed to join this forum. ( I like to learn )
Messianic - While by the Law I am a Jew, I have the nerve to be too Christian for this group . . .
Charismatic - This group bugs me the worst. I am Charismatic, but these people are all that gives Charismatic a bad name. Left wing loonies for the most part. I agreed more with the people who were against the Charismatic than with these fringe Pentecostal. They have no sense of order, humility or decorum.
I understand and in ways share your antipathy to the Anglican Communion, but you sound a lot like a classical Anglican.
According to halakah
you aren't a Jew if your mum became a Methodist before you were born - halakah
says if a Jew joins another religion, he stops being a Jew. If she wasn't Methodist when you were born, you would have been a Jew by birth but if you have been baptized a Christian as I assume you have, then again, you aren't a Jew. You're somebody of Jewish heritage.
So - where do I fit? You will find that I am very unlike what you expect me to be.
One of a long thin line of well-meaning high-church Protestants!
Most have been Anglican
(wow, what a place!) but there have been Methodist
and even Congregational ministers of this bent.
P.S. The Lion of Judah avatar (he could be Aslan too) is way cool.
Oh, and what do you mean by retention
? And by infallibility
do you mean you reject church
infallibility or papal