James Higham’s excellent post describes everything that is wrong about today’s Church of England.
We should congratulate him for reading Cranmer’s recent posts and comments. I tried but felt seriously sick to my stomach halfway through.
It’s difficult attending CofE services when all one can think of are stances in recent years on sharia, marriage, euthanasia and, now, women bishops.
Upholding Scripture counts little to CofE clergy and laity. Therefore, it is not surprising that Anglican churches in England are largely empty on Sundays.
The Guardian reports government pressure on Justin Welby and the Synod to approve women bishops:
The synod had been threatened with parliamentary action if the measure had failed, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, had prepared contingency plans to dissolve it and call fresh elections if the vote had gone the wrong way.
In other words — as with EU referenda — keep voting until the desired result is achieved.
What a sham.
he was “absolutely delighted by the result; grateful to God and to answered prayers” …
Actually, he is grateful not to God but to what the New Testament calls ‘the world’.
Christian Today interviewed several Synod members. As one would expect, many felt they were doing the right thing. However, some members voted in line with Scripture, risking their own popularity (emphases mine below):
Samuel Margrave of Coventry voted against. He had received and continued to receive “a great deal of grief” but he did not agree with people voting in favour for political reasons, or because they were worried about losing their seat on synod. “People are thinking far too much about re-election, or what other people will say when they go back to their dioceses.”
Only one person interviewed mentioned the Bible as informing his vote:
Chik Kaw Tan, of the Lichfield diocese, said that the arguments being used for the consecration of women were the same as those used to “redefine marriage”. Said clear scriptural teachings on the different roles of men and women meant he had to vote against the legislation.
As with women’s ordination in the early 1990s, none of the publicised arguments supporting women bishops discussed what the Bible says. Whilst both the Old and New Testaments include many references to powerful and influential women, none were priests.
Instead, the predominant CofE discussions revolved around moving the Church forward in line with today’s culture.
It’s difficult to believe that, if women priests haven’t increased CofE membership, women bishops somehow will.
Professor Linda Woodhead, of Lancaster University, has polling data showing that each successive cohort of Anglicans is more liberal than its predecessor, in the sense that it rejects authority more and trusts its own judgment more when making moral decisions.
Just so. This is why people shy away from the CofE. A small number have joined a denomination which upholds Scripture. More often, however, many have left the Church altogether.
After all, why get up on Sunday to listen to a clergyperson parrot what one can get from news media and television?