What is the future for the Church of England: Is it too late to save her? The Church of England is now a very short step from following precisely the same agenda as The Episcopal Church, writes James Ramsey from London. “The recent meeting in London of some 200 delegates from the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans from around the world was an impressive occasion, with some significant public statements from senior leaders such as Peter Jenson (Archbishop of Sydney) and Eliud Wabukala (Archbishop of Kenya).
“No doubt the intention of holding the meeting in England was to demonstrate sympathy for beleaguered Christians in the Church of England, and to promise tangible support for the future, as the historic provinces of Canterbury and York slide ever further and faster into the arms of the immoral Zeitgeist which now possesses the United Kingdom. The Church of England is rapidly becoming indistinguishable from the political parties which have detached the nation from its biblical roots and set it firmly on the path to its eternal destruction.
“The reality is that it is almost certainly too late to save the Church of England. It is firmly held captive by its addiction to the power which corrupts absolutely – the ecclesiastical power which so routinely and predictably corrupts newly ordained bishops on the day of their consecration. It finds that power in its nexus with the State, which has become attenuated almost to breaking point in the course of two centuries of disentangling the medieval church from the parliamentary and social reforms of the modern era: but the Church, and especially its leadership, clings to the fantasy that it is still, somehow, the Church of England.
“In order to hold on to that delusion, they continue to prostitute the Church at the feet of the rampantly immoral secularism of the present day, in which sex and money are the only currencies.”
You can read the full story in today’s digest. It is probably one of the most realistic appraisals of the Church of England today and a sobering reminder that if you do not proclaim an unalloyed gospel, you really have nothing at the end of the day.
Ex New Zealand Baptist, David Virtue, offers this wisdom from his own web-site in North America, which he headlines as:
Not only does Mr. Virtue claim to be the voice of orthodoxy, he takes great delight in doing what he can to disrespect The Episcopal Church of the U.S., the Anglican Church of Canada, and any other Church of the Anglican Communion that does not agree with his rabidly conservative views – and those of the GAFCON/FCA and ACNA – on the inclusion of the LGBT community as valued members of the Church and society.
His disrespect is now aimed at what he perceives to be the Church of England‘s openness to the discussion of such important matters – as witness the above excerpt from his web-site.
What is most upsetting – especially in the light of the message of Jesus in today’s Gospel reading from Saint John, where Jesus says this “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you” – is that the ‘virtueonline’ site seems dedicated to the willful dissemination of hatred for everyone except the self-righteous, whose claim to Anglican ‘orthodoxy’ is negated by the lack of love evident in their anti-Gay agenda. No doubt the U.S. President‘s recent announcement of his personal support for Same-Sex marriage will bring more spiteful rhetoric onto the V.o.L. blog.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand