“Dozens of conservative parishes will start ordaining their own clergy in an open revolt against their bishops if the Church of England continues its liberal drift, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned.
“Dr Rowan Williams was told that evangelicals would increasingly defy Church rules and their own bishops by parachuting in outsiders to carry out irregular ordinations of “orthodox” candidates.
“The warning came from Reform, a 1,700-strong evangelical network, which is setting up structures to allow it operate as a resistance movement within the Church.
“The Rev Rod Thomas, Reform’s chairman, [Pictured] said that members must prepare for ‘courageous action’ as the Church became driven by an increasingly pro-gay agenda.”
For the full article, see here
And it all has to do with love and sex! Forget the Gospel of grace; forget love; forget the mandate given us by Jesus to not judge or condemn anyone!
Demonize the Gays, and sabotage and splinter, if not obliterate, the whole Anglican communion on the sole basis of condemning those whose affectional-sexual orientation presumably differs from those who are instrumental in further fostering a climate of hate, both within their “communion” and within the larger society as well.
Here is an excerpt from Reform’s web site:
“Our understanding of God’s way of life for his people includes:
“The special teaching responsibility of ordained leaders within the every-member ministry of the body of Christ, and the need to provide for its continuance.
“The unique value of women’s ministry in the local congregation but also the divine order of male headship, which makes the headship of women as priests in charge, incumbents, dignitaries and bishops inappropriate.
“The vital importance of monogamous life-long marriage for the care and nurture of children, and the well being of human society.
“The rightness of sexual intercourse in heterosexual marriage, and the wrongness of such activity both outside it and in all its homosexual forms.
“The urgent need for decentralisation at national, diocesan and deanery level, and the need radically to reform the present shape of episcopacy and pastoral discipline, to enable local churches to evangelise more effectively.”
And, given their understanding of “God’s Way of Life,” that condemns homosexuality, and prohibits women from being “priests in charge, incumbents, dignitaries, and bishops,” they characterize themselves as not being “Some sort of correctional institution”; not being “Men in black suits being stern.” See here
Believing women to be subordinate to men, and believing in the “wrongness” of homosexuality in “all its homosexual forms,” whatever those are, sounds like they’re running a “correctional institution,”and being “men in black suits being stern,” to me!
If they truly believe that they are showing the love of God, given their attitudes toward women and Gay people, they are nothing short of delusional, and have absolutely no idea of what comprises the Christian life!
And, yet, given their negative and hostile attitudes toward women and Gay people, and given their willingness to violate the appropriate protocol and procedures of the Anglican communion, and even being instrumental in the sabotage and likely breaking up of that communion, they still have the temerity to call themselves “Christians!”
[Also posted on A Christian Voice For Gay, Lesbian, And Transgender Rights]