Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Apostasy in the Anglican Communion: Evangelical Options?

In the light of the recent developments where the Sydney Anglicans have openly endorsed the enemies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have to ask what are the options true Gospel believing Christians have who wish to also be prayer book Christians?  According to the compromisers like Mark Thompson, we are being too fussy and too particular and too rational.  We ought to give up the Gospel and just be part of the institution.  But is that what Jesus and the Apostles taught us to do?  In the Scriptures the Apostles were beaten and thrown in jail for their faith.  They refused to compromise with the Judaizers or the pagans and suffered greatly for it.  (See Acts 17:6). 
Bible believing Anglicans are told that they should shut up or leave.  At least that is implied point in responses we get from the other side of the world.  So Anglicans leave in droves for conservative presbyterian churches because Anglo-Catholic heretics predominate the American scene.  Instead of getting assistance from our "brothers" overseas we are told to shut up and put up with the devil himself.  Such remarks reveal that not only does Sydney no longer have any convictions but that it never had any convictions to begin with.  Even the GAFCON statement retains holdovers to the Anglo-Catholics  including a reference to the "historic apostolic succession" fiction.
It truly is hopeless.  The only option for Reformed Anglicans is to form independent congregations and pray for God's strength to win the lost.  The Anglican Communion is apostate and what little Evangelical witness which exists is more in league with the papists than with believers.
Sincerely in Christ,
The Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.

GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Reformation said...

It real comes down to respect or disrespect.

I am struggling at this point. I can't respect the leadership.

I genuinely don't think I could serve the ACNA leaders communion. Nor, do I think I could take communion from them.

The level of compromise, if not outright dishonesty, is tragically evident.

I need to say that kindly, another challenge. But I need to say that directly.

Sydney appears to be a little bit too "giggly" about these issues. This scribe and his family are unable to respect or submit to such leadership...said to include, but not limited to: Jack of Texas, Keith in Quincy, Bob in Pittsburg, Leo in Philadelphia, Ray in Dallas, Roy in Houston, Dan in the midwest somewhere or that every volume Windbag of Virtual Vertigo.

Show me a real leader please. A man of genuine consistency with his principles. Then, we can talk business and communion at the Table. Otherwise, count me out of this dishonourable set--calling themselves leaders and other pompous and ill-meritted titles.

Dominic Stockford said...

Several years ago I had the opportunity to ask Peter Jensen publicly (I am a member of a continuing anglican communion) why he remained in the CofE when it was so full of compromise, unbiblical teaching and spiritual death. The question was put to him in front of all the gathered brethren at the annual Evangelical Ministers Assembly held at St Helen's, Bishopsgate, London. About 5-700 present.

His answer was evasive, unhelpful not really an answer, and effectively consisted of the schoolboys playground chant of "we were here first so we're not leaving..."

Some I know, CofE clergy, were not impressed with his answer. Others objected to my asking the question!
it is therefore no surprise to me that in light of current issues it is clear to me that he would rather be 'Anglican' than be biblical.

Charlie J. Ray said...

Joshua 24:14-15 makes it clear that compromising with the pagans leads to further compromise. This is a Scriptural principle. If Sydney REALLY believes that it is more important to be a Christian first, then they ought to be willing to call paganism what it is and completely separate themselves from it. From all indications the Anglican Communion is infected with immorality (homosexuality, transexuality, etc.) and with false doctrine (works righteousness, Tractarianism, liberalism, relativism, Anglo-Catholicism, etc.). It is better to separate and form continuing churches and Sydney's responses make this ever more clear.

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