Anglican Evangelicals in North America

COMMENTARY

By David Virtue
www.virtueonline.org

When Archbishop Robert Duncan, Primate of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), inaugurated his new Anglican province, he did an extraordinary thing. He invited two men to stand with him who, in effect, represented the boundaries of what he understood orthodox Anglicanism to be.

The first was Archbishop Jonah, Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America. The other was Pastor Rick Warren, America’s leading evangelical churchman, pastor and popular author.

Duncan defined the margins of North American Anglicanism that was, on the one hand, liturgical and historical, and on the other, evangelical, gospel driven and discipleship. It was a shrewd and brilliant move even though not everyone agreed with it, especially many of those who disagree with him over the ordination of women to the priesthood.

Nonetheless, he brought into clear focus that ACNA would be clearly evangelical and mission oriented, concerned for making disciples, nurturing converts to the faith, and reaching out in Kingdom love to people everywhere who might be open to the Good News about Jesus. Today, the Anglican Church in North America unites some 100,000 Anglicans in over 800 parishes in 29 dioceses. It is a Province-in-formation in the global Anglican Communion that is committed to reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

At a time when The Episcopal Church has clearly abandoned evangelical faith and witness for “doctrines” of inclusion and diversity, Millennium Development Goals and pansexuality, Archbishop Duncan’s clear and unalloyed witness to Scripture as the final authority on all matters of faith and practice is resolute and uncompromising. He and his new Anglican province are evangelical in ethos and conviction and proclaim the evangel to all who will listen.

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