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).

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Episcopalians get wrists slapped. Yawn?

Long has the Episcopal Church (TEC-USA), a.k.a., ECUSA, taunted other Anglican bodies, notably African Anglicans, by threatening to withhold relief monies and other forms of material assistance for not embracing the ECUSA sexual-social agenda.

The recent meeting of Anglican primates in England has concluded with, among other things, the issuance of a slap on the wrists of American Anglicans of the Episcopalian variety for actions deemed especially unacceptable by continuing Anglicans and African Anglicans. What were those un-Anglican actions?
The meeting started by agreeing the agenda. The first agreed item was to discuss an important point of contention among Anglicans worldwide: the recent change to the doctrine of marriage by The Episcopal Church in the USA.
[...] (And Canadian Anglicans?
We received the recommendation of a working group of our members which took up the task of how our Anglican Communion of Churches might walk together and our unity be strengthened. Their work, consistent with previous statements of the Primates’ meetings, addressed what consequences follow for The Episcopal Church in relation to the Anglican Communion following its recent change of marriage doctrine.  
The recommendations in paragraphs 7 and 8 of the Addendum A below are:
“It is our unanimous desire to walk together. However given the seriousness of these matters we formally acknowledge this distance by requiring that for a period of three years The Episcopal Church no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.
“We have asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to appoint a Task Group to maintain conversation among ourselves with the intention of restoration of relationship, the rebuilding of mutual trust, healing the legacy of hurt, recognising the extent of our commonality and exploring our deep differences, ensuring they are held between us in the love and grace of Christ.”
Members who left liberal Anglicanism for North American continuing Anglican groups such as the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), have long opposed and frequently suffered the ill effects of Episcopalian "tolerance" and "diversity". The continuing Anglicans have been locked out of parishes, litigated against by ECUSA and ACoC hierarchs, etc.—for opposing what they consider to be unbiblical developments in Anglicanism. Unfortunately, Anglicanism long ago severed its connection to apostolic Tradition and began its long slide into irrelevance when Bluff King Hal declared himself pope ("Supreme Governor of the Church of England"), granted himself a divorce from the legitimate Queen of England, Catherine of Aragon, and began chopping off the heads of "wives" one after the other in a vane attempt to secure a male heir for the throne.

More about Canadian Anglicans and where they stand.
The Episcopal Church’s decision represents "a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of our Provinces on the doctrine of marriage,” said the communiqué, adding that, “possible developments in other provinces (Canada?) could further exacerbate this situation.”
In his statement, Hiltz said that primates remain committed “even in the face of deep differences of theological conviction concerning same-sex marriage — to walk together and not apart.” (So, two groups holding opposing teachings will "walk together". Isn't that a bit like holding hands with the devil hoping he might come around to being a nice guy? The problem is that both groups think the other is the devil, so-to-speak, and neither group is likely to change its mind. A more apt image for the variously flavoured Anglicans strolling in tandem might be their walking parallel to each other constantly shouting "bread and butter" when the pole of their differences  repeatedly comes between them.)
He said that primates had “struggled with the fragility of our relations” in response to The Episcopal Church’s decision. “We talked, prayed and wrestled with the consequences considered by the meeting. Some of us wept,” said Hiltz.
Weep if one must, but the fact remains—either we live as God has commanded or we do not. We either conform to God's designs or we do not. If we surrender our wills to God, we will live. If we imagine we can impose our will upon God and attempt to sit in His place... well then, the consequences of obstinate pride and persistence in heresy could be too horrible to imagine.

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