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Anglican Fallout: "A Disaster"
by J. Grant Swank, Pastor
9 November 2003

The reaction from Episcopalians and Anglicans all around the world to the newly ordained homosexual Episcopalian bishop has been strong, and threatens to seriously damage the church. 50 million non-U.S. Anglicans have stated they are in a "state of impaired" communion with the U.S. Anglican branch.

The biblical, evangelistic segments of the worldwide Anglican Communion did not take long to respond to the apostate move of the Episcopal Church of America. When openly practicing homosexual New Hampshire priest-made-bishop took his post on the Lord’s Day, November 2, those into Christian truth could not stomach the sin.

Anglicans 50 million strong — that is, those outside the US — told media that they were in a "state of impaired communion" with the US branch. For instance, in Nigeria, Archbishop Peter Akinola, heading the biggest Anglican province outside Britain, went to Nigeria’s state radio to pronounce his distinct displeasure. He claims that a boycott of all sessions involving the US church will be forthcoming.

"We can no longer claim to be in the same communion," Akinola said. "We cannot go to them and they cannot come to us. We will not share communion. We have come to the end of the road."

When walking into Wal-Mart this morning, I stopped to chat with a greeter. He goes to the local Episcopal Church. His face was forlorn. He said that he and his wife are terribly disturbed by the happenings on Sunday. They have been loyal to that congregation for years. And now this.

His reaction is characteristic of those who have been betrayed by "family." It’s hard. The people. The buildings. The program. The worship style. The Prayer Book. The witness. It’s all been prostituted by the homosexuals who have infiltrated to take over the holy precincts.

The homosexuals are not concerned about biblical doctrine; they want power and more power and still more power. Of course, they will answer at the Judgment Seat of Christ. But in the meantime, judgment settles upon the entire Anglican Communion. Those into Christian truth are uncomfortable with the hurt brought to God Himself by the evil move on Sunday.

It is appalling to those who are genuine disciples of Jesus, trying to live out the Holy Scriptures in everyday life. But as some Episcopalians have told me, they saw the signs. They should have acted long ago. This is no recent occurrence. So some of the blame settles upon the laxity of those who should have done more than simply bow their heads for prayer.

According to Rachel Zoll of AP Religion Press, in the United States "the traditionalist American Anglican Council has just begun collecting applications from congregations that want to be led by conservative bishops instead of their own liberal bishops. Canon David Anderson, the council president, said he expects more than 300 congregations to apply, helping form a network of at least five dioceses."

Why doesn’t the Anglican Archbishop act according to Scripture to discipline those who are wrecking the Christian theology? He is responsible for leading spiritually under God. It is his role to act out the guidance of the Holy Spirit for his segment of Christendom. Instead, he has been politically correct; in that he has become apostate. He will answer most severely at the judgment.

"Anglican leaders in Asia, Africa and Latin America who believe gay sex violates Scripture have been warning for months that consecrating V. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire would fracture the Anglican Communion," according to media.

Canon Bill Atwood, general secretary of the Ekklesia Society, a Texas-based mission to evangelical Anglican bishops, said "functionally, we're not together. Functionally, the Episcopal Church has created a separation. Relationally, it's a disaster."

Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in Windham, ME.  He is a a graduate of an accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.  Pastor Swank has been married for 41 years and he has 3 adult children.  He is the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers. He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.  His columns have appeared on IntellectualConservative.com, VIOdaily.com, AmericanDaily.com, MensNewsDaily.com, BushCountry.org, Chalcedon.com, ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com, WoundedShepherds.com, among others.

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