Plans for a Rival Anglican Church in the U.K. ?

Conservative evangelical plans for a rival structure

Harry Farley reports in Christian Today on a document, discussed at a recent conservative evangelical conference, that he describes as containing “extensive plans by conservative evangelicals to form a rival Anglican structure to the Church of England in the UK”.

Read his full report here: Blueprint for Church schism revealed as conservative Christian leaders plot separate Anglican structure. He quotes extensively from the document, which is titled Credible Bishops.

The Conference website is here. The About Us page describes the organisers:

“We are a conference organised by Anglican Mission in England, Church Society, and Reform. The conference is chaired by William Taylor, rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London. The planning committee comprises William Taylor, Mark Burkill, Susie Leafe, Lee McMunn, Brian O’ Donoghue, Lee Gatiss and Richard Farr.”

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 4:30pm BST


Thanks to Simon Sarmiento of ‘Thinking Anglicans’ for this revealing link to the ‘Anglican Mission in England’s’ (AMiE’s) plan for an alternative structure for Con/Evo Anglicans in the U.K., who are unhappy with the emerging ‘Inclusive Church’ stance of the Church of England’s heiorarchy.

Linked with the GAFCON Primates and breakaway Anglicans in Canada and the USA (ACNA); AMiE is obviously planning – with the help of GAFCON and breakaway Con/Evo  Anglicans in the U.K. and South Africa – to undermine the Church of England, to the extend of arranging cross-boundary ordinations of rival bishops and other clergy in the U.K. to spearhead what they see as the ‘orthodox renewal’ of the Church in England, to measure up to their own understanding of the Bible and human sexuality.

With the illicit episcopal ‘ordination’  of an Anglican priest of Jesmond parish church in the C.of E. Diocese of Newcastle (a Mr Jonathan Pryke) by the presiding bishop of a faux-Anglican church in S. Africa; into the episcopal jurisdiction of that schismatic entity; the GAFCON and ACNA sodality – although seemingly not involved in this specific ‘ordination’ – are obviously pleased with the fact that this ‘outside intervention’ in the U.K. has already gained a dodgy foothold within the State Church of England for a radical representation of their specific homophobic and sexist understanding of the ‘Anglican Way’ that is peculiar to the Sola Scriptura ethos of the ‘Reform’ Group in the Church of England headed by the Anglican Bishop of Maidston, +Rod Thomas.

How far this rebel movement will be able to spread its influence, in its plan to replace the traditional Church of England, is now anyone’s guess. However, the similar schismatic entity in North America (ACNA, sponsored by the GAFCON Primates) has already caused division in the worldwide Anglican Communion and could, indeed, be the underlying cause of a Communion-wide split. How this would serve the cause of Christian Unity in the world, which is already plagued with internicene religious warfare, is hard to imagine. However, the God of Love, who sent his Only-Begotten Son into the world to redeem it, cannot sit idly by.

Christ is risen, Alleluia! He is Risen indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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