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Anglicanism, Homosexuality, PCA

>Fighting for the Soul of Anglicanism

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As you heard here last month, a male priest in the Church of England married another male priest in London. The incident was met with no disciplinary response in England. But outside of England, Anglican bishops from Africa met in Jerusalem to decide their response to the rise of liberalism in England and America. There are millions more Anglican communicants in Africa (heck, just in Nigeria) than in the US and England combined. NPR reports that this fact is not lost on the Africans. Their resolution: to fight for control.

The propect should invoke some excitement for Reformed onlookers. The Anglican church is the largest Protestant communion in the world and one with many things to admire: A rich history, many great saints as congregants (Thomas Cramner, John Wesley, George Whitefield, John Donne, William Law, William Wilberforce, John Newton, William Cowper, Charles Simeon, C.S. Lewis, J.I. Packer, and Alister McGrath to name a few that have aided me spiritually), perhaps the greatest liturgical book in English and also it has, in theory, one of the most Reformed confessions in a church that is not explicitly Reformed.

The situation is also of note in light of the history of American schism. Conservatives in America have tended to take their ball and start their own denomination, leaving the mainlines in the hands of liberals. Yet, if we love Christ, we should love the church and fight for her. I pray that the African bishops can help the Anglican Church hold fast to the “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”
Related stories:
NPR Story: Anglican Conservatives Step Back From Split Threat
Neil Neilson: The visit of Archbishop Orombi to Covenant College (PCA’s college)
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3 thoughts on “>Fighting for the Soul of Anglicanism

  1. >Some of their strategy is in the NPR story but:1) they can vote as a block of bishops on certain matters and drive the agenda2) they have declared that the Archbishop of canterbury is not the arbiter of what it means to be Anglican, which I don’t know how that will actually work itself out.Rowan can drive the agenda at their Lambeth meetings and that is why the issue on gay marriage is not up for debate at Lambeth 2008. If the African bishops get a majority of the bishops to either meet or sign on to certain statements they can start to drive the agenda. But, I’m not Anglican so I don’t know exactly how their church works in all the details.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | July 8, 2008, 7:33 pm
  2. >I am confused as to how one group from within could take control of an episcopal association?

    Posted by M. Jay Bennett | July 8, 2008, 2:28 pm
  3. >Have you heard about the women’s bishop issue in the UK? The Church has voted for women bishops without alternative bishops for those who cannot accept a woman bishop. This is probably going to split the Church first to be honest. The Anglican Church has seen better days…Women bishops are not a primary issue but it does betray an illiterate church, which inevitably will lead to all kinds of errors. Moreover it shows that the liberals have become aggressive towards conservatives. Let’s hope the Africans use their clout.

    Posted by christcentred | July 8, 2008, 7:59 am

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