Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Anglicans need to face reality

ECUSA have finally gone so far that hopefully Rowan Williams will have no more wriggle room and he will have to face up to what everyone else has known for years - What he calls a risk of fracture has been a total schism for years.
The Bishops in Africa and Asia have known it for years and have plainly said so.
The Anglican leadership has to face reality. The ECUSA (and others) have been thumbing their noses at the Bible for too long.
Rowan Williams need to wake up to the affect of his own liberal leanings, albeit that he has supposedly put them to one side for the sake of unity.
All Anglicans need to wake up and demand Biblical fidelity from those who lead them.
No more committees to discuss homosexuality - there is nothing to discuss, it is wrong, it is a sin, God calls it an abomination. How much clearer does God have to be?
What should be discussed is how to reach out to homosexuals with the truth of Gods redeeming love, but that has to be hand in hand with a recognition of their sin.
We wouldn't reach out to adulterers or thieves without recognising their sin and their need to repent of it so they can be made right with God.
Unity is not to be achieved at any cost or by compromising on the clear teaching of scripture.


Blogger Peter Kirk said...

As an Anglican, I agree with you. The problem is that for more than 450 years, ever since Henry VIII and Cranmer, the Anglican church has been a compromise between at least three parties - a low church Bible-believing (Puritan and Evangelical) party, a high church party which leans towards Rome, and a broad church party which has seeks a quiet life and now tends to be liberal. All of this was kept together initially by royal authority, and in England still by official recognition, but also by a typically British spirit of compromise. Through those 450 years the church has muddled through from crisis to crisis, always finding a compromise that most people accept while losing people at the fringes - Congregationalists and Baptists in the 17th century, Methodists in the 18th, Newman and some others to Rome in the 19th, Martyn Lloyd-Jones and opponents of women's ordination in the 20th, to name just a few. My hope is that things will now change and the church will take a firm stand against ECUSA. But my prediction is that it will muddle through to yet another messy compromise. Evangelicals, and African and Asian Anglicans, will kick up a big fuss, and some churches and some individuals will leave, but most will decide that it is best (not least financially!) to stay within the system. I don't know what will happen to my church and to me, we'll see.

8:04 pm  
Blogger Glennsp said...

Peter, welcome.
We actually agree on something. Praise God.

7:42 pm  

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