Our recent experience in the Episcopal Church has a lot to do with John David Schofield, Jack Iker, Peter Jensen, Peter Akinola, Henry Orombi, James Packer and many others. Most of the flock that followed John David Schofield did so because they believe that John David Shofield would not lead them astray. We have heard a great deal about Robert Duncan and how he would lead the entire Anglican Church of North America. Everywhere we turn these days there is this strong personality type that is leading. We generally refer to them as purple-shirted thugs. Well, believe it or not there is biblical comment about this, Marcus Borg wrote about it.
Marcus refers us to the first four chapters of Paul's letter to the community at Corinth. He specifically addressed the issue of factions within the church identifying with leaders such as "I belong to Cephas" or "I belong to Apollo" or "I belong to Paul." Paul divided up Christianity into to radically different ways of being: First, "living under the law by works"; and, second, "living by grace through faith." Justification by works and/or life under the law is the conventional wisdom. Life by grace through radical faith is the alternative wisdom given to us by Jesus Christ, it is the wisdom of God. Paul was convinced that those who made statements such as the I belong to ... statements were clearly living with the wisdom of this world. Conversely not under the alternative wisdom of saving grace through faith.
hear what Mark Thompson has to say about just this issue: