NEW

Letter: Evangelical BINOs?

Letter Evangelical BINOs? Dear Editor, Your editorial on the Rise of the BINO (Bishop in Name Only) highlighted what church members have observed many years, how bishops have kept their titles, robes and status while emptying their role of defending and upholding...

Who’s Who at St Hugh’s? Secret Conversations on Sexuality Come to Light

Who’s Who at St Hugh?Secret Conversations on Sexuality Come to Light Recent correspondence and blog posts have revealed the existence of a hitherto-secret meeting between conservative/evangelical groupings and liberal/progressive bishops, seeking to reach structural...

Book Reviews: Baptism & Confirmation & Patterns for Baptism

Book Reviews Baptism and Confirmation Church House Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780715123522, 468pp, £40) Patterns for Baptism Church House Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780715123492, 392pp, £25) These handsome volumes are the latest additions to Common Worship, the Church of...

The Diverse Excellencies of Jesus Christ: Gospel-Driven Anglicanism

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles The Diverse Excellencies of Jesus Christ  The American Theologian and Pastor, Jonathan Edwards (1703 -1758), once preached a sermon entitled “The Admirable Conjunction of Diverse Excellencies in Jesus Christ”. The...

The Cancelling of the Creator

The Cancelling of the Creator The headline from a national newspaper popped up on my phone: “Daniel Radcliffe is surely the world’s most ungrateful man”. It’s not a title many would be scrambling to win for themselves, but the opinion-piece made the case. Daniel...

Melville-Knox Christian School Opens in Aberdeen

Melville-Knox Christian School Opens in Aberdeen Melville-Knox Christian School Aberdeen officially opened on Monday 7th November after years of prayer, planning and organisation. We give thanks to the Lord that we have been able to reach this significant milestone;...

Barnabas Report: At Least 21 Christians Killed in Mozambique

Barnabas Report At Least 21 Christians Killed in Mozambique During October At least 21 Christians have been killed by Islamist extremists in violent attacks throughout October in northern Mozambique. Jihadists set fire to a church building and several houses in the...

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource  Sanctuary Foundation has been aiding those trying to offer assistance for those fleeing the war in Ukraine through its, “Homes for Ukraine” scheme.  The charity has been serving as a liaison by resourcing hosts and...

Annual Clive West Memorial Lecture Set for Belfast

Annual Clive West Trust Lecture Set for Belfast The 2022 Clive West Trust Lecture will take place on Thursday, 22 November at St Nicholas’ Church on the Lisburn Road in Belfast at 19:30. This year’s featured speaker is the Revd Dr Tim Ward.  Ward earned his PhD from...

Church of England Council Rejects Croft’s Position

Church of England Evangelical Council Rejects Croft’s Position In a press statement following the pronouncements of Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, the Church of England Evangelical Council repudiated the departure of biblical teaching advocated by Croft. It said,...

Letter: Regarding Gatiss & the Call to Action

Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir,

Two related comments about Mr. Gatiss’ Calls for Action, EC.8098. 

First, I searched in vain for a clear statement of action for if ever a clarion call were needed it must be here [yet again, we still wait!]. The nearest I perceived was the comment “not just to resist but to pull hard in the opposite direction.” Then followed a series of hopeful platitudes that things might not be as bad as we imagine, ameliorating comments that sidestep the huge nature of the problem. He points out briefly and correctly, the weakness of many Evangelicals who have capitulated to the mind-set which surrounds them. But where is there any clear and decisive comment of what must be done to resist? Where in these comments was the reminder that the honour of the Living God is at stake? The clear delineation of the righteousness and holiness required in God’s people? That the document Living in Love and Faith is not the Gospel but the deception of Satan? This document is the latest abomination from Synod and it seems we have the option of voting it out. So, it seems Gospel truth is decided by a show of hands! 

However, this bring us to the Second point, there is an alternative not mentioned, the back door option. How were the 39 Articles relegated to being mere historical documents? By a vote? What led to the Bible being denied as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice? A show of hands? No. Any Evangelical objections were sidestepped and “it just happened”. Liberalism loves the back door, it is rarely noticed and usually left unguarded. Our two fundamental pillars slowly evaporated and were eviscerated of any importance and all business in Synod is now without any fundamental foundation – the liberal agenda has won because Evangelicals work within the liberal framework.

Whatever the nature of the decision regarding the document Living in Love and Faith, be sure of this: if rejected, it will be slipped in quietly by the back door; if accepted, in whatever form, it will be without any significant demur. Do we really show Biblical resistance by voting? Truly? Bible believing Christian do not debate sin, they proclaim against it. This document should be denounced for what it is, an abomination, an affront to the Holy, Lord of Glory. Since when has Biblical truth and the Holiness of God been decided by a show of hands? This document denies the Gospel, it will destroy lives, it dims yet further the fading light of Evangelical clarity and sets yet more firmly the retreat from the truth of Salvation only in Christ. There is a fallacy which too many Evangelicals refuse to see: we never return to the point we left. The document may fail to pass [openly] this time but the downward slope is irreversible. Mr. Gatiss reminds us that the devil is a liar and the arch deceiver. Do we debate wickedness or denounce it?

Here is a mode of resistance if you will: when the document comes up again – and it will do so until “in” – will all the Evangelicals in Synod stand as one man, denounce the document for the abomination it is and refuse to debate this sin? Will they call Synod to repentance for countenancing such wickedness and call for those who practice such God denying activities to leave? Will they do so volubly and persistently? To ask the question is to know the answer.

Yours, sincerely,

John Dunn

IoW

Previous

Next