I’M TRYING TO BE FAITHFUL to the faith ‘once delivered’. But this being faithful knows no call for exclusion; no teaching or practice that tears humans apart; no devotion to Scripture without inspiration.
The title for the launch of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans in Westminster Central Hall at 10.30 on July 6th says it all: Be faithful. That is our calling as Anglican Christians today. The Scriptures exhort us to remain faithful to the faith ‘once for all delivered to the saints’, to the Lordship of Christ and hence to Apostolic teaching and practice.
Powerful cultural forces, exerted through social pressure, the media and legislation are forcing Christians to conform to the way of the world in matters of marriage and sexuality. The Episcopal Church in North America, the Anglican Church of Canada and others have embraced these forces and, often without due process and against natural justice, are forcing out those Anglicans who seek to remain faithful to Biblical teaching and practice. In the church in the West generally there is a gradual slide in the same dangerous direction.
The gathering on July 6th will express the unity of Anglican Christians in their loyalty to the teachings and commands of Jesus.
Why does Bishop Benn’s call sound so alien to me?