The faithful remnant in the Church of England is asking Anglicans worldwide to join with them in supporting the renewal of the orthodox faith in the British Isles. A letter published July 25 in the Daily Telegraph states their case.
SIR – Recent actions in the General Synod in pursuit of a culture that denies biblical ethics, as they have been practised and understood “at all places and in all times”, have caused many Anglicans great concern.
There are times, particularly in the face of social disintegration, when it is the duty of the Church to be counter‑cultural. The failure of the House of Bishops to uphold the teaching of the Bible and of the Universal Church in this area is very disappointing, if not surprising.
Booing of traditionalists and the levels of personal abuse aimed at them during the Synod have only deepened mistrust between the different sides.
There are now effectively two opposed expressions of Anglicanism in this country. One has capitulated to secular values, and one continues to hold the faith “once delivered to the saints”.
We and others stand with the majority of faithful Anglicans across the globe, in prioritising Scripture and the unanimous teaching of the universal Church over secular fashion. We note the results of this same conflict in North America, even as we look for and pray for a similar renewal of orthodox Anglicanism and of Anglican structures in these islands.
Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali
Bishop of Rochester, 1994-2009
Rt Rev John Fenwick
Bishop Primus, Free Church of England
Rev Gavin Ashenden
Former Chaplain to the Queen
Rev Mark Burkill
Chairman of Reform
Andrea Minchello Williams
CEO of Christian Concern
Rev William Taylor
Chairman of Renew
Rev Nigel Atkinson
Vicar of St John’s, Knutsford
Rt Rev John Ellison
Executive of Anglican Mission in England (AMiE)
Rev Lee McMunn
Mission Director of AMiE
Rev Tim Chapman
Minister of Christ Church, South Cambridgeshire
Rev Paul Darlington
Vicar of Oswestry, Holy Trinity
Chairman of Church Society
Member of General Synod
Rev Dick Farr
Chairman of Church Society Trust
Fr Martin Hislop
St Luke’s, Kingston upon Thames
Rev Canon Nigel Juckes
Incumbent, Parish of Llandogo
Rt Rev Josep Miquel Ferrer
Free Church of England
Rev Steven Hanna
St Elisabeth’s Church, Dagenham
Rt Rev Paul Hunt
General Secretary of Free Church of England
Rev James Paice
Vicar of St Luke’s, Wimbledon Park
Trustee of Southwark Good Stewards Trust
Rev Dr Peter Sanlon
Vicar of St Mark’s, Tunbridge Wells
Convener of Anglican Partnership Synod
Rev Dr Andrew Symes
Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream
Rev Melvin Tinker
Vicar of St John’s, Newland
Rev Robin Weekes
Minister Emmanuel Church Wimbledon & Chairman of Reform Southwark
To support this movement, please add your name to the letter here.
The Church of England, as an institution, is thoroughly apostate. The recently concluded General Synod laid to rest any lingering doubts about that sad fact. As Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby is a train wreck. Worse, however, is his colleague from York. John Sentamu is a prairie fire consuming every last vestige of orthodoxy in the Mother Church. His behavior at Synod, as witnessed below, was particularly odious.
While the institutional structures of the Church of England now appear to be irretrievably lost, there remain a few faint but faithful voices of truth among the local parishes. Among them is the parish of St. John, Newland, whose parochial church council (PCC) has issued a stinging rebuke to Archbishop Sentamu, calling upon him to repent for his ungodly conduct in office.
An Open Letter containing a Resolution from St John, Newland PCC, 17th July 2017
To his Grace, the Archbishop of York,
The PCC considers the response by the Archbishop of York to Mrs Andrea Williams’ amendment of Item 48 at the July General Synod of the Church of England, 2017, in terms of what was said, to indicate theological ineptitude at best and error at worst; and how it was said, as intemperate and ungodly. As such there was a failure to meet the standard required of a bishop according to Titus 1:7-9. Neither did the Archbishop display his canonical duty to ‘with all faithful diligence…. banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God’s Word; and both privately and openly to call upon and encourage others to the same’ in relation to Item 58.
Accordingly, this PCC no longer has any confidence in the Archbishop of York in ‘all things spiritual’ and requests that he expresses repentance for what took place.
The PCC looks forward to receiving an indication of repentance from the Archbishop and will offer prayers to that end.
The PCC has also been grieved by the general direction of the Synod and the appalling manner in which those who hold to the teachings of Jesus have been ridiculed, mocked and scorned. We fear that the Synod has imbibed the ‘spirit of the age’ and we request satisfactory assurances from the leadership that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable and that it will work towards creating a more courteous and biblically responsive environment in the future.
In the meantime, to indicate our serious concern with the present state of affairs the PCC will withhold its free will offering until further notice.
The resolution was passed unanimously.
Mr Timothy Benstead,
Lay Chair of St John, Newland, PCC
17th July 2017
No one is holding their breath waiting for the Archbishop to repent but the courage of the St. John PCC does demonstrate that the faithful in England still have some breath of life themselves.