Primate’s meeting winding down! – Gene’s thoughts

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As the primates meeting at Canterbury winds down today, I sit and drink my coffee with the hounds at my feet praising God for finally a step forward, after what I have observed, a lifetime of steps backward in the Anglican world.

As a young believer at Truro in the early 80’s, I remember my Rector John Howe saying, “we are evangelicals, in a very non- evangelical denomination, let us pray that direction changes!”  & I did, and while I was praying, the revisionists were lobbying their way into the power structures of the Episcopal Church so that in Diocesan meetings – we were by the late 90’s, a thoroughly revisionist denomination.  I realized after graduation from Trinity that there was little if any,  in belief, doctrine, & practice  that I held in common with the Episcopal Church leadership (Except in pockets).

  1.  What is the Bible?   (Doctrine of inspiration & inerrancy)
  2. Who is Jesus Christ?  (Revelation of God)
  3. What did his death upon the cross accomplish?  (Doctrine of sin)
  4.  Did Jesus physically raise from the dead?  (The belief of resurrection)
  5.  Will Jesus return for His people?  (The Belief of the Second Coming)

The reality set in as I ministered as an assistant at Trinity Beaver with my friend, and Rector Carl Neely that the Episcopal Church was affecting my witness and ministry in the community in which I, and God’s people at Trinity lived!  Others across America reached the same conclusion; therefore, from 1998 – 2010, churches left, many at great cost of buildings, and savings accounts – to form the Anglican Church in North America.

This week’s suspension of the Episcopal Church is good news (though at the same time a sad one) for the Communion, but it is as yesterday’s GAGCON statement suggests a beginning, not an end.  Please read Archbishop Foley’s statement, and continue to pray not only for the ACNA, and the Anglican Communion, but also for TEC, that the leadership would realize the depth and reality of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, and the power of His transforming love.  Pray also for the believers in TEC who at this time, are struggling with the suspension.

Archbishop Foley’s statement is here

I’ll see you Sunday!

Gene

Thoughts to come!

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Statement by the GAFCON Chairman, The Most Rev. Dr. Eliud Wabukala and The GAFCON General Secretary, The Most Rev. Dr. Peter Jensen

14th January 2016

The Anglican Communion is our spiritual home and the GAFCON Primates travelled to England in the hope that godly faith and order could be restored through renewed obedience to the Bible.

We are pleased that Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America has played a full part in the Canterbury meeting of Primates and that sanctions have been applied to the Episcopal Church of the United States, (TEC) recognising the need for mutual accountability on matters of doctrine within the family of the Communion.

However, this action must not be seen as an end, but as a beginning. There is much that causes us concern, especially the failure to recognise the fact that the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) has also rejected the collegial mind of the Communion by unilaterally permitting the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of those in active homosexual relationships. We fear that other provinces will do the same.

Since the beginning of the crisis in the Communion brought about by the actions of both TEC and the ACoC, the Anglican instruments of unity have been unable to guard biblical truth and restore godly order. There must therefore be doubt about the effectiveness of the sanctions that have been agreed.

In particular, it must be recognised that the continuing brokenness of the Communion is not the result simply of failed relationships, but is caused by the persistent rejection of biblical and apostolic faith as set out in Lambeth Resolution 1.10. We are therefore disappointed that the Primates’ statement makes no reference to the need for repentance.

The need for the GAFCON movement is being recognised by an ever increasing number of people and we are encouraged in our conviction that God has called us to work for an Anglican Communion which is a truly global family of Churches. We long to see a united, confident and courageous witness to God who by the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ has given us an unshakeable hope and assures us of his unfailing love.

Making Sunday Special – Epiphany Sunday

Take some time today, Friday, and Saturday & read the text for this Sunday as we celebrate God being revealed (epiphanied) to the World!  &, take a listen to the Great Epiphany Hymn sung by King’s College Choir!

Matthew 2:1 – 12    Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

p“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will qshepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, rthey offered him gifts, sgold and tfrankincense and umyrrh. 12 And vbeing warned win a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.