The Romans Road — Anglican Edition

After 35 years of dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church of England, the groundwork is being laid for re-uniting both religious bodies under the pope. Yes, you read that correctly. The original and largest expression of the historic Reformation in England is undoing the work that had been done. Since the theology of the Reformation was largely abandoned by the Anglican Church up to at least a hundred years ago, it only makes sense that Romanism would rush back in to fill the void. After all, what’s the point of remaining separate from the apostate Roman Catholic Church if you’ve already apostatized from the biblical “Apostolic Succession” which is maintained by “continuing stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine” (Acts 2:42)?

Read, “Anglicans, Catholics Discuss Unity,” from CNN.com.

And then read “Update on Relations with the Anglican Communion” for more information from the Roman Catholic side.

And here is what the Anglicans have to say for themselves . . . “Statement from the Co-chairs of the International Anglican – Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission, on Anglican – Roman Catholic relations”

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7 responses

  1. Captain,

    Interesting developments. Personally, I think the homosexuality issue will end up (or at least should end up) splitting the Anglican church itself. No unity with Rome could happen before that time.

    Regarding your statement that Anglicans have already apostasized, I would concur that a majority probably has. However there are many evangelical Anglicans. One guy used to comment on Sharper Iron all the time and he was an Anglican pastor. I believe he was instrumental in separating his church or a group of churches from his diocese or something like that. I also have come across other Anglicans who are very conservative in Theology. Their 39 Articles is Reformed in teaching, and it is just the liturgical style of worship (as well as some possible differences in doctrine re: baptism) which would make them very much different from Reformed Church or Presbyterian people, as far as I know.

    Practically, though, conservatives in the Anglican church are very rare.

  2. Thanks for the detail. I am aware of the evangelical remnant within the apostate Anglican body. That’s why I inserted the word “largely” in this sentence on my blog:

    “Since the theology of the Reformation was largely abandoned by the Anglican Church up to at least a hundred years ago, it only makes sense that Romanism would rush back in to fill the void.”

    A few months ago, our church hosted a men’s prayer breakfast, at which the Episcopal Bishop of Fort Worth spoke explaining the controversy, and the Fort Worth diocese’s potential joining of a diocese centralized in Nigeria.

  3. Retraction:

    It wasn’t the Bishop of Fort Worth, it was the Very Reverend Ryan Reed, Dean of St. Vincent’s Episcopal Cathedral in Beford, Texas (Bedford is a suburb of Fort Worth).

    they’ve got quite a spread! http://www.stvc.org/gallery_02.html

    Someone posted something he wrote regarding his experience in contending for the right side of the controversy over the ordination of unrepentant homosexuals:

    http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/regret_and_repent/

  4. Too bad it’s homosexuality, and not justification that complicates the merger of the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.

  5. Many in the Reformed Tradition are going over to the Anglican/Epis. tradition because the New Perspective Water is warm there.
    Justification for some reason is not the central issue, sadly, but if you can’t get past homosexuality, it may be hard to deal with Justification.

    Gage Browning
    Post Tenebras Lux

  6. There’s a great understatement: “if you can’t get past homosexuality, it may be hard to deal with justification.”

    I was reading a few Anglican websites, containing the goings-on of certain Anglican conferences in England, and I noticed N.T. Wright’s name mentioned and read a quote by the man in question, “Bishop Robinson” speaking up for “gay rights” by appealing for the fact that they may serve as they are because they do so under the grace and forgiveness of Christ. That’s old fashioned Antinomianism. He seems to claim to get to remain unrepentant because he’s been forgiven. I believe that calls for a Pauline “mega-no”! (Romans 6:1,2)

  7. Amen… “meganoito”.

    Gage Browning
    Post Tenebras Lux

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