The Episcopal Church's presiding bishop has called personal salvation "heresy" and "idolatry."
Katherine Jefferts Schori made the remarks in her opening address Wednesday to the Episcopal Church's General Conference in California.
Schori calls salvation, "the great Western heresy: that we can be saved as individuals, that any of us alone can be in right in relationship with God."
The presiding bishop says there's no agreed text for the sinner's prayer for achieving salvation.
Schori said it was idolatry to put those words in the place that "only God can occupy."
Rev. Julian Dobbs of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America shared his response to Schori's comments with CBN News. Click play for his comments.
The Episcopal Church is also considering whether they should bless same-sex marriages and lift an informal ban on consecrating more gay bishops.
Bishops in the six states where same-sex marriage is now legal are asking the church to adapt marriage rituals to include gay and lesbian couples.