J.I. Packer, one of the world's most renowned evangelical theologians, left the Anglican Church of Canada, citing "poisonous liberalism" in the church body.
Packer, 81, who was named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the world by Time magazine in 2005, quit the Canadian arm of the global Anglican Communion with 10 other B.C. Anglican clergy last week, he said, according to The Vancouver Sun. They joined the more conservative and orthodox Province of the Southern Cone in South America.
The Oxford-trained theologian said he can no longer serve under Vancouver-area Bishop Michael Ingham, arguing that he "appears heretical." Ingham had sanctioned in 2002 same-sex blessings in the British Columbia diocese of New Westminster, sparking international uproar.
In recent years, 28 parishes have voted to split from the Anglican Church of Canada, citing the denomination's departure from...
I must agree with Kelly C. Why so long to make a severance. In I Cor. 5 Paul discusses 'leaven' ruining the whole 'lump'; Heb. 12 talks of 'many become defiled'; Jude talks about apostasy. Are we not to protect the purity of the Church and Christ's honor? What about Eph. 5:27--a church without spot or wrinkle...holy & without blemish? I admire Packer for leaving, but he should have taken an earlier flight.
Of course, we must bear in mind, in fairness to the Anglicans, there are many solid, orthodox (reformed soteriologically) Anglican bodies, not only within the communion but outside of it as well (such as the Reformed Episcopal Church).
What took him so long? The Anglicans have long been known having departed from Biblical truth. Wherefore, come out from among them and be ye separate! JI was very slow to heed this clear call for separation from the Word of God.
Quote; "The Rev. Kevin Dixon, priest at St. Mary's Anglican Church in Kerrisdale, meanwhile believes Packer is adopting a "literalistic" reading of the Bible.
"It's important for people to understand that the holy scriptures is a very nuanced document. I think we need to allow people room to come to a new understanding," said Dixon, the local newspaper reported."
Whilst you've got heretics like this in mainstream churches Anglican or otherwise you will feed the "opposing" Religion of Liberalism. They contrive all kinds of devious ways to reject Scripture and therfore the Lord, and write their own social gospel bible. Thus they seek to "sanctify" the carnal sins of man and and make the abomination acceptable. A definite seed of Satan.
"nuanced" = 1. a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc. 2. a very slight difference or variation in color or tone.
Rom 1:18 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness"
If there are any real Christians under the Anglican umbrella, then it is time they left and proclaimed their reformation.
Neil wrote: John, a bit off the point, but since SA hasn't (yet?) posted the related BBC news story, look up the Old Bailey's digitized historic court records for good old evangelical Anglican preaching. There you'll find "ordinaries" witnessing to felons headed for the gallows with sermons that are still pertinent: Ordinary's Account, 27th Jan 1693 Tragically though, many then were hanged for non-capital offenses (by Biblical stds), even 12 yr-olds!
Thanks for the link, Neil. I'll take a look at it.
John, a bit off the point, but since SA hasn't (yet?) posted the related BBC news story, look up the Old Bailey's digitized historic court records for good old evangelical Anglican preaching. There you'll find "ordinaries" witnessing to felons headed for the gallows with sermons that are still pertinent: Ordinary's Account, 27th Jan 1693 Tragically though, many were hanged for offenses which, by Biblical stds, are not capital crimes, even 12 yr-olds!
Wow! J. I. Packer "flees to the mountains", as it were. (Matt 24:15-16).
I didn't even know he was Anglican. Were I him, I'd probably have left long ago, but I commend his steadfastness and loyalty--I just wish he'd refer to himself as a Biblical Christian first, rather than "an old-fashoned anglican". this latter phrase, rather than rebuking the progressives, actually encourages them to continue their "bold innovations" (validation of homosexuals, etc.) within the Anglican church.