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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,...

On Transubstantiation: Reformation Anglicanism

Reformation Anglicanism On Transubstantiation By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins Transubstantiation became the official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church at the Fourth Lateran Council that began, November 11, 1215. The Council of Trent in 1551 went on to confirm the...

Oxford Good Stewards Trust Announced in Response to Bishop of Oxford’s Revisionism

St Paul’s Banbury, Oxford Answers Bishop and Announces  The Oxford Good Stewards Trust The Revd Dan McGowan, Vicar of St Paul’s, Banbury in Oxford Diocese has answered Bishop Croft’s revisionist declarations about same-sex matters and announced the formation of The...

Letter: Response to the CEEC Statement

Letter to the Editor

Response to the CEEC Statement

Dear Sir,

And so the debating continues concerning matter sexual. CEEC have produced a video entitled, Learning From Elsewhere. The full title should read, Learning From Elsewhere – other than the Bible. Have you watched it? It’s a 15 min. travesty, a betrayal of the Biblical witness and a shame to the name Evangelical. There is another video due suggesting a way forward. Don’t hold your breath. Church Society has produced their critique of Lambeth and Lambeth responded by simply writing it off. Issue unresolved, of course, but one can imagine CS’s response: there’s another paper in this – let us get writing. Churches around the country are debating the issues – in-out; what to do; how to respond? How about, what does the Bible say and what are we going to do in obedience to God?

How long will this verbal tennis continue? The devil is clearly the umpire in this deadly game and only allows the cry of foul if someone quotes the Bible, talks of sin, calls for repentance, states that God does not change, says that God is angry and judgement awaits, or someone in opposition to Scripture has cried hurt feelings, etc. Why this literally endless debating? The Bible is clear throughout – we do not debate sin we proclaim the Word of the Lord against it and call people to repentance. All true Evangelicals should have been doing this from the start. We are called to be faithful witnesses to what God has spoken, not endless debaters of human wisdom. God must have the first and last Word in all these issues. If we do not begin here we do not begin at all. The liberals have restricted the areas for, and manner of, debate and Evangelicals have capitulated to their agenda. They now stand with sinners and on their ground.

The cry of “foul, my feelings are hurt” has become the predominant response to the Biblical position and the Evangelical response has been a balm of apology. Yet the realisation of personal sin against a holy God is painful, it’s meant to be, and there is no relief without repentance. One is weary of asking the question, why debate? It seems that at last GAFCON is standing up calling Welby to repent regarding the appointment of David Monteith to Canterbury Cathedral. However, one would wish GAFCON had gone further for Welby can easily ignore this call [after all it is hurtful!] but even if he responds it will be almost certainly some weak, verbal shuffle and then the game continues. It must not! And here’s the nub: whilst there is the mindset to remain in the C of E regardless of how irretrievably apostate it has already become [GAFCON’s terms] then nothing will change. We need both to proclaim and we need to act – decisively.

John Dunn

Isle of Wight

 

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