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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 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury Urges Patience?

David Virtue at VirtueOnline is covering the upcoming meeting of primates in the Global South and has posted Archbishop Rowan Williams' remarks in an address to the bishops  Fourth Global South to South Encounter in Singapore. You can read the address by clicking on ABC.  The Church Society new agency also has news posted at their EV News page.
 
Of course the ABC's agenda is to calm the Evangelicals until the storm can pass over and all is well again.  It's the same old tactics used by liberals to justify the ordination of homosexuals and consecrate shameless homosexual bishops, the latest being Mary Glasspool in the Los Angeles Diocese of the Episcopal Church.
 
The problem with Evangelicals in the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church in North America and those in Britain, Canada and Australia is that everyone wants to appear to be rational and tolerant.  That approach amounts to a frog in the kettle approach.  "Patience" is a euphemism for attrition.  The liberals want to win by out waiting the conservatives until they can gradually infiltrate and take over.  What is left will be an apostate church.  This is what happens when ecumenical concerns matter more than the purity of doctrine and apostolic  doctrine.   The preaching of the Gospel cannot be compromised into mere moralism otherwise the churches wind up playing by the rules of the liberals.  The Marrow of Modern Divinity makes this point well. 
 
Evangelicals and Reformed believers in Anglican congregations need to stand against compromise with the watering down of the doctrines of grace, the five solas of the Protestant Reformation, and take their stand against theological liberalism and its progenitor, the Tractarian and Anglo-Catholic movement.  The approach of James I. Packer, which caused an earlier break with Martyn Lloyd-Jones prior to his death, seems to have led to a worse situation.  All this talk of tolerance and working within the "Communion" or "denomination" has led to what we see today.
 
The Sydney Anglicans think they can use the same approach as Packer.  They have endorsed the predominately Anglo-Catholic denomination, the Anglican Church in North America, as "orthodox" and in full communion with the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church in Australia.  These compromises do not preserve the church in the end.  What happens is the church becomes leavened with more poison until the whole lump is leavened and eventually the churches die a horrible death.
 
The idea that purity is bad leads to a insipid gospel which is no gospel at all.  While it is true that isolationism and a fortress mentality reduces the number of active members, it is also true that not all Israel is true Israel.  Evangelicals need to be more concerned with reforming their congregations than with commitment to secular organizations which over time degenerate to the level of antinomianism we see today in most provinces of the Anglican communion world wide.
 
 
 
  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
    Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
 
 

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