Archive for August, 2009

Bishop of Rochester: Church of England must do more to counter twin threats of secularism and radical Islam

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

By Martin Beckford, Telegraph

The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, who ends his time as Bishop of Rochester next week, said the established religion must speak out more to preserve the country’s Christian heritage and offer moral guidance to the masses.

He also claimed that liberal Anglicans around the world who are following contemporary culture rather than the teachings of the Bible are effectively following a different faith.

Dr Nazir-Ali, who was born in Pakistan, became the Church’s first Asian bishop when he was appointed to Rochester in 1994 and came to be seen as a contender for the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Why FCA South Africa?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


The motion passed at the Synod in Cape Town August 2009 is why!!!!!

This Synod:    Affirming a pastoral response to same-sex partnerships of faithful commitment in our parish families;

Please Read Motion on Archbishops Blog. (http://archbishop.anglicanchurchsa.org/)

then my dear friends please read the entire article Posted in Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA)

Especially the

Nightmare: ……so that within twenty, or maybe only ten years, it becomes virtually impossible for orthodox Christians to be ordained: either because the hierarchy will not accept them or because their consciences will not allow them to join such a compromised body. As a result gospel witness in the Anglican churches will be gradually extinguished, making it that much harder to evangelise our nations

And the

And the dream:……. My dream is of a strong, united renewal movement of orthodox Anglicans whom God will use to stem the tide of heresy in our churches and to move out in mission to the world. Today’s launch of the FCA

Committed to: Truth, Breadth, Grace, Prayer and Action

A speech given by Vaughan Roberts at the launch of FCA UK and Ireland 6/7/2009

I am not a prophet so I cannot tell what the future holds for the Anglican churches in our islands. As I look ahead I see two possible contrasting scenarios: a nightmare and a dream.

A Nightmare…………….

The Heresies of Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

News Analysis

By David W. Virtue
www.virtueonline.org
August 12, 2009

Article XVIII. Of obtaining eternal Salvation only by the Name of Christ. For Holy Scripture doth set out unto us only the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved.

The Lambeth Quadrilateral. The Lambeth Conference of 1888. Resolution11. (a) The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as “containing all things necessary to salvation,” and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.

On the Consecration of a Bishop. Are you persuaded that the Holy Scriptures contain all Doctrine required as necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ? And are you determined out of the same Holy Scriptures to instruct the people committed to your charge; and to teach or maintain nothing, as necessary to eternal salvation, but that which you shall be persuaded may be concluded and proved by the same?

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV)

“… If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

Recent statements, comments and interviews by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, reveal a common theme: she no longer (if she ever did) believes in the unique claims of Jesus Christ as both savior and Lord resulting in a poor if non-existent Christology.

In a recent video, Jefferts Schori openly and publicly denied that Jesus is the only way to salvation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IxG96wpx60

She has publicly said that Muslims do not need converting to Christ and that she would never tell them they do, or that Jews are saved under the first covenant. In her most recent statement, uttered publicly at General Convention in Anaheim, she stated that personal or individual conversion (to Christ) is a Western heresy and likened it to “work” rather than that of free grace.

In a video, she clarified her views on salvation saying, “In some parts of Christianity we have turned salvation into a work, you have to say that I claim Jesus as my Lord and Savior in order to be saved and that turns it into a work and it denies the possibility of grace.”

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Nigeria: Akinola’s Successor to Emerge Before December

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

From AllAfrica.com

A successor to replace Archbishop Peter Akinola, as primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), would be elected before December.

The Registrar of the church, Mr Abraham Yisa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, in Abuja, that the office of the primate would become vacant by March 2010, when Akinola would have completed his ten-year tenure.

“By the provisions of the constitution, we must elect a new primate at least three months before the expiration of his tenure.

“This is to enable the new primate to understudy a kind of handover,” he said.

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Why FCA UK and Ireland?

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

AND EVEN SA? (Added by SA webmaster)

August 15th, 2009 Posted in Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) |

A speech given by Vaughan Roberts at the launch of FCA UK and Ireland 6/7/2009

(View this presentation on Anglican TV)

I am not a prophet so I cannot tell what the future holds for the Anglican churches in our islands. As I look ahead I see two possible contrasting scenarios: a nightmare and a dream.

A Nightmare
Let me start with my nightmare: in my negative moments it seems not just realistic but likely. In my nightmare the Church of England, Church in Wales, Church of Ireland and Episcopal Church of Scotland continue on their gradual drift towards the apostasy of The Episcopal Church in America, so that within twenty, or maybe only ten years, it becomes virtually impossible for orthodox Christians to be ordained: either because the hierarchy will not accept them or because their consciences will not allow them to join such a compromised body. As a result gospel witness in the Anglican churches will be gradually extinguished, making it that much harder to evangelise our nations. Some will ask how we could descend into such a gloomy situation so quickly given that, as they argue, “We have never had it so good”, with many orthodox parishes thriving and orthodox bishops regularly appointed. But it is sadly easy to imagine how the liberal agenda will quickly come to dominate our churches because of an inadequate response from faithful Christians who react with naivety, compromise and internecine squabbles.

Naivety
There is a tendency for many to be naive, failing to notice the steady slide away from the truth. This is not least because of the ‘salami tactics’ of the revisionists, who are often careful not to overreach themselves and bring things to a head before they are likely to win the victory; but rather gradually establish facts on the ground, thus undermining the orthodox faith slice by slice.

Compromise
Some are canny enough to see what is happening but compromise rather than giving the robust response that is required. They shy away from the inevitable cost of standing for truth and against error, whether it is the possibility of a strained relationship with the bishop, who may be less likely to give a curate and support a plant; the fear of gaining a reputation as a trouble maker and thus damaging prospects for future preferment; or concern to avoid possible tensions in the local church where the PCC may not wholeheartedly support any form of protest. As a result, many clergy and lay leaders keep their heads down, so the slide continues.

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Spiritual Anthrax: Why God’s Man Must Not Blend

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Spiritual Anthrax: Why God's Man Must Not Blend

Kenny Luck

Every Man Ministries

If you think God’s values and the world’s values can coexist, then think again. Every week as I counsel men, I’m painfully aware of the war of mind and body and spirit raging between the two. Sometimes I feel as though I’m taking an unreasonable stand. But then I recall the words of Scripture: “Do not love the world or anything in the world” (1 John 2:15). To the apostle John, the world represented everything outside his front door.

He was simply following Jesus’ lead. Before His departure, Jesus gathered His men and proclaimed: “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:19). His message to those early disciples still calls to us: Blending with the world is not how one follows Jesus.

The good news is that when men get serious about their walk with God, they feel a deep, intuitive conflict of the soul where unholy alliances with the world, once accepted, must now be broken. It’s a Spirit-induced recognition that they’ve been mixing cocktails of spirituality only to produce hangovers of the soul. They start feeling the tension of spiritual warfare, some for the very first time. And as the battle lines of identity and values become clear, God’s man must choose.

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Brian McLaren’s Truncated Gospel at GC2009

Monday, August 10th, 2009

This is an import piece related to the much hailed across this province: Emergent Church! I am selecting some juicy pieces here PLEASE READ IT ALL!!!!!  HERE

By David W. Virtue

On July 16 at a Eucharist of the 76th Episcopal General Convention in Anaheim, Brian McLaren, emergent church activist and author, delivered a sermon with the title “We live in a strange time in relation to the E-Word.”

He then proceeded to say, “For many of us, the word evangelism evokes ugly and morally tainted associations with colonialism, religious supremacy, and shabby televangelism. As a result, many Episcopalians would say that evangelism may be Southern Baptist or Pentecostal, but it’s not Episcopalian, thank you very much. May I humbly propose that the time for this reactionary prejudice against evangelism is over? May I further propose that from this day forward, we see E-piscopal and E-vangelistic as a holy union joined together by God, and what God has joined together, no one should put asunder. Amen?”

……….Writes McLaren, “If Christian moderates and progressives seldom if ever share their faith with love and enthusiasm, what will their future be?”

The truth is that moderates and progressives don’t have a Biblical gospel to share. They do not have a vigorous understanding of the atonement or bodily resurrection. They have abandoned sound Christology and basic doctrines of the faith for new rhapsodic notions of inclusion and diversity, the new buzz words of Episcopal dogma that do not lead to the foot of the cross.

………….McLaren says that to rediscover the good and true essence of evangelism, we need to rediscover evangelism in a more biblical light. He cites 2 Corinthians. “There we see evangelism as our call to demonstrate and proclaim a new creation in Christ. We see our call to live and invite others into a new way of life. We see evangelism as recruiting early adopters to be part of a radical new beginning for the human race – which Paul calls the new creation in Christ.”

Nowhere in either Corinthian epistle are we seen as “recruiters”, but as forth-tellers of a gospel of redemption that begins at the cross. Consider these words of Paul from II Corinthians…“For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life….For we are not peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity…”

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