THE SERVANT GENERAL
RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX UNIONS - 13
January 16, 2016
Well, it has finally happened. I salute the African Anglican
bishops for standing for Biblical truth, as against the errors
of the North American churches, especially the Episcopal Church
(Anglicans in the USA). The Anglican Communion however stopped
short of expelling the Episcopal Church. I suppose this is
to avoid a schism. I suppose they desire to bring the Episcopal
Church back to Biblical truth. No way that is going to happen.
The schism will happen, sooner or later. The Episcopal Church
is firm in its embrace of homosexuality, and considers the
conservatives as the ones in error. Talk about spiritual blindness
and diabolical influence!
But the Anglicans themselves are not facing the whole truth.
They were former Catholics who broke away from the Catholic
Church in 1535 because King Henry VIII wanted a divorce which
the Church would not give him, aside from political considerations
(securing his Tudor dynasty) and even greed (grabbing the
wealth of the Catholic Church). Why do they persist in being
in a Church founded by an immoral king rather than the
Church founded by Christ the King himself? The traditionalist
or conservative Anglicans would do better not trying to reform
their Church (it is already too late) but leaving it to return
to the Catholic Church. Just saying.
What is happening now to the Anglican Communion is the very
same danger facing the Roman Catholic Church. Such divisions
are already there, especially in the Church in America and
Europe. Liberals are already well-entrenched in parishes and
chanceries, and their ranks include bishops. That was what
the fight at the Synod was all about. The liberals, mainly
composed of western bishops (not all western bishops of course
as there are some really holy conservatives among them), wanted
to accommodate irregular unions--live-ins, divorced and remarried,
and same-sex. The cover was mercy and compassion. It was false
mercy, accommodating the sin. If our Church moves forward
on this, we enter the slippery slope which has led the Anglicans
to where they are now. It will take some time, but we will
face the same.
On a related matter, our Catholic Church is very strong in
its desire for Christian unity, thus its work of ecumenism.
This was fine when the disagreements were about theological
issues or Biblical interpretations or pastoral practices (for
example, the meaning of justification by faith, primacy of
the pope, liturgical approaches, etc.). There were really
things to dialogue on. But if the disagreement (deep disagreement,
with diametrically opposing views) is on human sexuality and
morality, we just cannot accept what is in violation of Christ’s
clear teaching and the two-millennia-old belief and practices
of our Church. There can be no compromise on Biblical truth.
There can never be unity between white and black (no pun intended
about the West and Africa).
I have a radical thought (or call it a desire). I have half-jokingly
said this before. Let us do a fair swap: the Anglicans get
our liberal Catholics and we get their conservative Anglicans.
Everyone happy. The problem is that our liberals will not
leave, for they want to take Christ’s Church. The evil
one, through them, of course wants to destroy our Church.
Pope Benedict XVI actually made a move already, with the establishment
of a personal ordinariate for Anglicans who joined the Catholic
Church but preserved elements of their liturgical and spiritual
patrimony. This was via the Anglicanorum Coetibus
last November 2009. Though bold, our Church was still treading
softly and carefully, one reason being our ecumenical thrust.
Well, why not go all out. Anyway, with the deep rift (let
me correct that; it is an unbridgeable chasm) with regards
to beliefs on human sexuality and especially homosexuality,
it is unrealistic to think we can work toward Christian unity.
So we are just expending too much time and energy that is
better expended elsewhere. So just invite Anglicans outright.
Join the one, true Church that Jesus established. Now that
is true mercy.
Church USA suspended from Anglican communion
January 14, 2016
The Protestant Episcopal Church in the US has been suspended
from the worldwide Anglican communion.
The primates of the Anglican world, meeting this week in Canterbury,
England, voted to suspend the Episcopal Church for three years,
because of its decision to
approve same-sex unions. "The traditional
doctrine of the church, in view of the teaching of Scripture,
upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful,
lifelong union," the prelates said.
The decision to suspend the Episcopal Church was made in a
January 14 vote, and leaked to the public in advance of a
scheduled Friday press conference at which the move was to
The Episcopal Church was not expelled from the Anglican communion,
but barred from voting in international gatherings for a three-year
period. During that term, the leaders of the American branch
are encouraged to reflect on their role.
The suspension illustrates the deep
divisions within the worldwide Anglican communion, which have
arisen primarily over issues involving human sexuality.
African bishops, who preside over the most vigorous communities
in the Anglican world, have strongly objected to the acceptance
of homosexuality, and of female priests and bishops, in the
English and American branches. These divisions were further
dramatized when (according to a report in the Daily Telegraph),
15 of the 38 Anglican bishops participating in this week's
meeting declined to participate in a joint prayer service.
This week's meeting was called by the Archbishop of Canterbury,
Dr. Justin Welby, in a bid to preserve the fractured unity
of the Anglican communion.
suspend Episcopal Church from full participation in the
Anglican Communion (Anglican Ink)
Church suspended from Anglican Communion (RNS)
'treated like children' in church sexuality crisis talks
(Daily Telegraph )