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In the conviction of Moriel & Jacob Prasch based on Revelation 18:4 that it is a shame, a disgrace, and a betrayal of Christ for any saved Christian to remain party to this outrage by The Church of England in which no truly born again believer can scripturally remain.
It also testifies to the naive folly of those Evangelical Anglicans who in their religious gullibility were persuaded that the Church of England was turning more conservative due to an imagined Evangelical ascent within it. The horrific and cowardly tenure of George Carey as Arch Bishop of Canterbury should have laid that abject notion to rest some time ago followed by his replacement by a Druid. It also demonstrates the hypocrisy of All Souls Langham Place and other such supposed Evangelical Anglican churches; the legacy of John Stott has indeed become the worthless rot that Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones and others knew it would and JC Ryle predicted it would. It also exemplifies spiritual bankruptcy of Stephen Sizer, Nicky Gumbel and those of this ilk claiming to be regenerate Anglican clergy but whom we may be sure will put buildings, ordination credentials, and personal interests before the standards of morality demanded by Christ.
Putting politics of a dying world above Christ and His coming world, the theocratic Anglican establishment has ventured beyond the point of mere compromise even into de facto complicity. Saved believers still in the Anglican Communion must now decide which they love more - their religion and backslidden church or their professed Saviour Jesus Christ.
As we have maintained for some years: Tyndale, Ridley, Hooper, Latimer, Cranmer and the martyrs who died cruel deaths at the hands of Rome in order to Reform the Church of England would today be out the door of the Church of England faster than they were out the door of the Church of Rome in the 16th Century.
Of two things we can be assured. The true sons & daughters of God will heed the Revelation 18:4 command of Jesus and leave, for His sheep hear and heed His voice. While at the same time the silly religious cowards and hypocrites and the scripturally ignorant members of St. Andrews Chorleywood and Holy Trinity Brompton will of course remain.
The Church of England has announced that it will no longer fight the same sex 'marriage' Bill.
Statement from the Bishop of Leicester
The statement was made by the Bishop of Leicester, who is the Convenor of the Lords Spiritual. He said:
"Both Houses of Parliament have now expressed a clear view by large majorities on the principle that there should be legislation to enable same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales.
"It is now the duty and responsibility of the Bishops who sit in the House of Lords to recognise the implications of this decision and to join with other members in the task of considering how this legislation can be put into better shape...
"If this bill is to become law, it is crucial that marriage as newly defined is equipped to carry within it as many as possible of the virtues of the understanding of marriage it will replace.
"Our focus during committee and report stages in the coming weeks and months will be to address those points in a spirit of constructive engagement."
This effectively signals the end of the Church of England's official opposition to the Bill.
Archbishop of Canterbury's speech
Despite voting against the Bill (by voting for Lord Dear's "fatal motion") the Archbishop's position was unclear until he made his speech in the House of Lords. However, in his speech the Archbishop referred to "the strong and welcome contribution by the Bishop of Salisbury." This is a reference to the Bishop of Salisbury's letter to Lord Alli, in which he explains why he is sympathetic to "equal marriage." (See the letter here.)
It is extremely disappointing that Archbishop Welby commended him for this contribution rather than rebuking him for advocating a position contrary to Scripture and the Church's teaching.
The Archbishop also approved of the idea of same sex relationships in his speech, contrary to the Bible's teaching on homosexuality. He said: "It is clearly essential that stable and faithful same sex relationships should, where those involved want it, be recognised and supported with as much dignity and the same legal effect as marriage".
PROPHETIC WORD from 50 YEARS AGO
by A.W. Tozer
"Let me go out on a limb a little bit and prophesy. I see the time coming
when all the holy men whose eyes have been opened by the Holy Spirit will
desert worldly Evangelicalism, one by one.
The house will be left desolate and there will not be a man of God, a man in
whom the Holy Spirit dwells, left among them.
I hear Jesus saying...Mat 23:37-38: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing
the prophets and stoning those who are sent to her, how often would I have
gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her
wings, and you would not!
Behold, your house is left to you desolate"
As the Church now stands, the man who sees this condition of worldly
evangelicalism is written off as somewhat fanatical. But the day is coming
when the house will be left desolate and there will not be a man of God
among them. I would like to live long enough to watch this develop and see
how things turn out. I would like to live to see the time when the men and
woman of God - holy, separated and spiritually enlightened - walk out of the
evangelical church and form a group of their own; when they get off the
sinking ship and let her go down in the brackish and worldliness and form a
new ark to ride out the storm."
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