On Monday in the Central Hall of the University of York, the Synod of the Church of England is expected – finally – to give the go ahead to the measure (i.e., approve the ordination of women as bishops).The Speaker’s Chaplain, the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who has been widely tipped to be the first woman bishop, was not alone in declaring the prospect of equality as a “miracle” although she warned that it was far from a foregone conclusion.“I think it would be foolish to jump up and down and say it’s in the bag – it’s not all in the bag. If this happens then we will be getting a church that truly reflects the people of God and truly reflects what it means to be the body of Christ – male and female together in leadership,” she said. ("Then we will be getting a church... that we want, made in our own image, fashioned in the image of the age in which we live... .")Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is said to be prepared to drive through the change should the draft measure be defeated on Monday evening. (Why, then, have a vote? To maintain the illusion of the synod process?)Among the options reported to be under consideration are dissolving the Synod to allow fresh elections to take place; or driving through (!) the measure in the House of Lords to avoid Parliament stepping in.Lambeth Palace has refused to be drawn on the suggestion, remaining quietly confident that the simplified second chance, championed by Mr Welby, will succeed.
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).