St Helen's Bishopgate hints it will leave Church of England
One of London's largest Anglican churches is hinting it will walk away from the Church of England if the next Bishop of London is not conservative on sexuality.
William Taylor, Rector at St Helen's Bishopgate, said his first question to the new Bishop of London, who is yet to be announced, will be to ask whether they are prepared to 'declare as sin what God calls sin' and to summon them to repentance.
If the new bishop refuses to do so publicly, Taylor said he will have no choice but to distance his parish from the Church of England....
The dark problem of the Church of England and Anglican/Episcopalian churches is the same as the Pharisee blind guides Christ refers too.
Pharisees were orthodox but blinded by their human belief system. As Christ teaches - They did not have faith.
Matt 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in."
23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel."
The predominant religion of the Anglicans is Liberalism. By this they reject God as the author of Scripture. When you do this then you begin to invent your own religion and write your own Bible.
True Christians know that God is the author of the Bible. "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." 1Thes 2:13.
As long as a church preaches Jesus Christ and him crucified as per 1 Cor 2:2 the rest is secondary, surely, including church structure. I have had godly, Christ-centred worship at just about every sort of Protestant church going (result of living in many different places and countries). Currently at a high Anglican church (!!) as I don't like band music in my worship, and this church still has a robed choir and organ. However, if Christ weren't properly preached I'd be out of there in a flash. Actually, I can see the day, even in my own lifetime, where we will be back meeting in homes as per the very earliest days. Come, Lord Jesus!!
'...the State Church, which the great reformers had planted, and which some of them had watered with their blood, presented the spectacle which went far to justify the sarcasm of an eminent writer, that she possessed "A Popish Liturgy, a Calvinistic Creed, and an Arminian Clergy."'--- [URL=http://www.biblebb.com/files/spurgeon/dg01.htm]]]http://tinyurl.com/jtylv62 (The Down Grade)[/URL] as stated in a 19th century Spurgeon publication.
I suppose it's a British love for tradition that has allowed the Anglican Church to keep on surviving?
John of UK, I suppose what you said was tongue in cheek? It takes more than a desire to change one sin that a church supports to make it a functional Church. The Episcopal church has always been on the liberal side of divorce since it was founded to support divorce.
Matthew 19:3-6 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause? He answered, Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.---ESV
It really matters little if this church separate from the church of England or not. Is it going to get rid of its obnoxious Church government? [URL=http://tinyurl.com/y7u2hr6e]]]http://tinyurl.com/y7u2hr6e (Ecclesiology: A Treatise on the Church and Kingdom of God on Earth)[/URL] -- section on Prelatism.
Natalie, I'm glad to hear that much of their Doctrine appears to be correct even though their Church structure certainly isn't!