Friday, October 14, 2005

UPDATED - ANGLICAN ANGER: Some good news from down under ...

... conservatives in Sydney are making their voice heard in London.
Powerbrokers in Sydney's Anglican diocese want to change the church's constitution to enable a split from the Church of England in England if its attitude to the ordination of gay clergy and same-sex unions remains unresolved.
It is that kind of "grass roots" Christian leadership which forces the pendulum of heresy to swing back from its apostate path.

I'm not an Anglican but I can sympathize and empathize with their struggles ... and I can give a hearty ”Hurrah!” to the following as well ...

The [Anglican] Church of Nigeria has defined itself as being in full communion with all Anglican churches, Diocese, and Provinces that hold and maintain the Historic Faith, Doctrine, Sacrament and Discipline of the one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, as the Lord has commanded in His holy word and as the same are received as taught in the Book of Common Prayer and the ordinal of 1662 and in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion'.
Southern Baptists are Southern proud of being Southern Baptists; we struggle daily to keep the following from being said by one our leaders ...
Britain's [Anglican] Churches are in such serious decline that if they were shops, they would have been declared bankrupt long ago, Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, said last night.

In a bleak assessment of the future of Christianity in this country, he said that the Churches were approaching meltdown and the "last rites" could be administered at any moment. Lord Carey ... spoke of plunging congregations.
I have long argued denominational leaders are so paranoid of a fight they've allowed a body cancer of little or no discipline to attach itself to the local church.

The disease is so advanced in most denominations it now will require Divine Chemo Therapy to be rid of it! The cancer occurs in a variety of forms (e. g., Appeasinoma, Malignant PC, Pernicious Secularizoma, and neo-Paciifinoma) but is nearly always fatal.

This is how one deals with with sin and apostasy in the church - you do it publicly ...

Sunday school teachers and other Anglican lay leaders could be sacked for habitual drunkenness and promiscuity and other offences under new disciplinary rules being considered by the Sydney synod.

The conservative Sydney Anglican Diocese is the first of Australia's 23 synods to consider widening the definition of wrongful conduct to lay leaders as well as clergy.
Church discipline, as an important issue of faith in the West, has been rearing its head a lot lately; see here, here, here, here, and here! [apologies for forgetting these links on the first publication]

God is a God of love, mercy, and grace ... this is true, but love, mercy, and grace are cheapened when the Giver of All Good Things [James 1:17 (see the whole passage James 1:1-17)] is disrespected or given flippancy in return.

HT: Virtue On-line

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