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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.

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.

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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