Richard Perkins, of Christ Church Balham has written at The Urban Pastor about AMiE. This article reflects on a BBC radio interview from last week.
Robert Piggott, the BBC Religious Correspondent, got it about right on Saturday on Radio 4. In his piece on the Today Programme he commented that, in launching the AMiE, conservative evangelicals had parked their tanks on the front lawn of Lambeth Palace.
It’s obviously the case that the establishing of this new mission society is seen by some as unnecessarily provocative. Even by some of those who are orthodox on the issue of human sexuality. But it’s worth asking why some evangelicals thought that such a drastic move was necessary. A ‘conversation’ is supposed to be taking place between, if I may simplify, the liberal revisionists and the evangelical reformers. But clearly one side doesn’t feel that they’re being listened to. They are now, I’ll wager…
Some historical background can be found in this presentation by John Richardson.
Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Saturday, 16 July 2011
Simon Sarmiento, of ‘Thinking Anglicans UK.’, helps us to see exactly what is happening on the ground in England, where the new schismatic entity: ‘Anglican Mission in England’ – aided and abetted by GAFCON and other dissidents from the Anglican Communion – is seeking a UK foothold for it’s homophobic philosophy within the Anglican Communion.
Centred around the refusal of successive Bishops of Southwark to outlaw the possibility of the Ordination of Gay Clergy and Bishops; certain of the Gafcon Provinces – notably Kenya – have ordained lay people into the diaconate, with a view to having them invade the Church of England under the guise of A.M.i.E. to pursue an agenda of anti-gay reformation of that body, in the interests of the Sola-Scriptura push to rid the Church of any association with the LGBT community.
This is an attempt to further the work of schismatic organisations like ACNA in North America, to under-mine the lawful mission of the Anglican Communion to bring the light of the Gospel to ‘every creature’ – including the minority of people who happen to have been born with a ‘different’ sexual orientation from the majority.
Whether the new ‘mission’ will meet with any success, especially when one considers the reluctance of many Provinces of the Communion to join in with GAFCON‘s radical culture of homophobic militarism, is rather doubtful – to say the least. However, only time will tell whether this movement will gain any credibility in the larger Church family.
Father Ron Smith, in the U.K.
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