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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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."
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
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