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Could the Church of England Be Dead in 20 Years?
Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2011 | Michael Youssef

Posted on 07/17/2011 10:58:19 AM PDT by Kaslin

The headline on the July 14, 2011, edition of the British paper, The Telegraph, heralded some very bad news for British Anglicans. It declared, “Aging Church of England 'will be dead in 20 years.'” They buttressed their argument in two ways:

1. The average age of a Church of England attendee is 61 (you do the math).

2. In the last 40 years, church attendance has been cut in half.

You would think that the Archbishop of Canterbury would wake up and smell the coffee.

Instead, a few weeks earlier, he finally came clean. Well, he was forced to come clean. For years, he acted as if he was an impartial arbitrator between the believing Anglicans [who make up the majority of Anglicans worldwide] and the apostate ones lead by the American and Canadian Anglicans/Episcopalians. He has always called for “unity,” a way of saying to the believing Anglicans, “just shut-up and let the apostates have their way.”

Now, a document has leaked to the press affirming his quiet desire to ordain homosexual bishops all along, not only in the United States, but in his own backyard, in England. The document entitled Choosing Bishops – The Equality Act 2010 affirms that, “someone in a sexually active relationship outside of marriage is not eligible for the Episcopate.”

But, it contains legal advice that calls for celibate homosexuals to be eligible for ordination to the Episcopate. This is double talk.

First of all, if a person is celibate, why do we have to know their sexual orientation? Unless…this is his way of getting homosexual bishops under the wire, as it were.

Second, since when does the church obey the government when the government legislates anti-biblical and anti-God laws? Have we forgotten our Christian heritage, our fore-bearers who were sent to face hungry lions in arenas for saying that God must be obeyed above Caesar?

It is now time for ALL believers to wake up and smell the coffee. These older denominations and many so called “evangelical churches” are falling prey to Satan’s lie.

The leadership of the mainline churches in general and the Anglican/Episcopal church in particular, has led their denominations over the cliff of apostasy. Their denial of the authority of the Scriptures, the divinity of Jesus Christ, and their belief in a God who will not judge sin, but will send everyone to Heaven, has rendered their denomination anything but “a Christ-ian church.”

The Urgent Need

The most urgent need today is for a new reformation and a return to biblical integrity and authentic Christianity.

Historic reformers, whether Martin Luther, Calvin, or even Wesley were seldom successful in their attempts to reform the church from within. If the experiences of past reformations have taught us anything, it is that reformers will only succeed by creating an alternative structure. Luther’s deep desire to remain in the Medieval Church and reform it from within failed miserably—a valuable lesson here.

Faithful global Anglicans must create an alternative to Canterbury. No, not just threaten to do it, but to “get on with it.” Without that global alternative, they will continue to subject themselves to Canterbury’s trickery, manipulation, and stalling tactics. They need to take heed of The Telegraph prediction that The Church of England will be “dead in twenty years”.

Anglicanism by its very nature [like it or not] is hierarchical. Therefore, global leadership must emerge to unite all faithful Anglicans worldwide. This requires an acceptable global servant leader. As I have thought deeply about this need, and as I have examined the situation as thoroughly as any man can, it is my considered opinion that the man who has proven his servant leadership qualities, to say nothing of his sterling theological orthodoxy, is none other than the General Secretary of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), Dr. Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney.

The Way Forward

The leaders of biblical Anglicanism within and without GAFCON need to close rank behind Peter Jensen and elect him as an alternative to Canterbury. They must give up on this misguided notion that Anglicanism is a monolithic church that meets once every ten years in Canterbury at the Lambeth Conference so the bishops can get together, hold hands and sing “Kumbaya.”

Only then will the failing apostate branch die off as The Telegraph paper suggests and the new alternative flourish and preserve the Anglican reformation for which Latimer, Ridley, Cranmer, and countless others have given their lives.

The details of this broad outline can be fleshed out by far more qualified leaders within GAFCON.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: anglican; anglicanism; anglicans; christ; christian; christianity; christians; churchofengland; religion; religiousleft; religiousliberalism; theology

1 posted on 07/17/2011 10:58:20 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Central Mosque,Up next!


2 posted on 07/17/2011 11:02:39 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Kaslin
No, it won't become extinct per say, But because of trends like this, they will be re-assminlated back into the Catholic, (some even into the Orthodox) church. The Church of England's liberalism has failed it, Once the Official Religion of the Largest Empire on Earth will become a rite in the Catholic Church they for so long opposed.
3 posted on 07/17/2011 11:05:41 AM PDT by KC_Lion (If Sarah can't be elected in 2012, then Phase II will fall into place, may G-D have mercy on us all)
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To: KC_Lion
The official church will never rejoin the RCC. It will remain an apostate post-christian splinter sect, like the TEC in the US or the UCC. Many of the faithful will however, including numerous priests and bishops.
4 posted on 07/17/2011 11:14:04 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: KC_Lion

No, it won't become extinct per say, But because of trends like this, they will be re-assminlated back into the Catholic, (some even into the Orthodox) church. The Church of England's liberalism has failed it
Yes, that is the true trend. Benedict XVI certainly didn't establish the Ordinariate for nothing.
5 posted on 07/17/2011 11:16:06 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Huber; NYer; narses

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6 posted on 07/17/2011 11:24:07 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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7 posted on 07/17/2011 11:29:05 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Kaslin

>> Have we forgotten our Christian heritage, our fore-bearers who were sent to face hungry lions in arenas for saying that God must be obeyed above Caesar?

I heard this truth twisted in a sermon today so much that I’m still distressed. We were told that it is our duty as Christians to stand up to the government that is discriminating against gays and lesbians by not letting them live their lives as they wish. I heard that we need to stop “being so angry” and start doing what is right (in this case, he meant passing the debt ceiling increase so the government can go back to “helping” people). Finally, I heard that we need to do as the MSNBC motto (yes, he quoted MSNBC as the centrist position) and stop leaning left or right, but instead we should Lean Forward.

I’d change churches (and denomination), but I’m worried that I’ll just move to the next one to fall to the homosexual/progressive agenda. But I know that I have to change denominations after today. I lost a lot of trust in organized religion today.


8 posted on 07/17/2011 11:31:49 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (We don't need to win elections. We need to win a revolution.)
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To: Kaslin
The Anglican Church is already dead.

The corpse is just still twitching.

9 posted on 07/17/2011 11:38:02 AM PDT by Regulator (Watch Out! Americans are on the March! America Forever, Mexico Never!)
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To: Kaslin

African Anglicans hold true to scripture and Christ. They have seen the ugliness of life without. They may break away from the corrupted humanistic apostates. They may take over the Anglican church.

In our town a group of Episcopalians left the local Episcopal church to worship in the chapel of a Greek Orthodox church.


10 posted on 07/17/2011 11:38:46 AM PDT by Combat_Liberalism
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To: anyone

The Anglican church can continue well into the future if it simply convince its elderly membership to leave a large donation directed to the church in their wills. Then, regardless of attendance figures for services, the administration can continue to function.


11 posted on 07/17/2011 11:40:05 AM PDT by Coyote Choir
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To: Kaslin

In twenty years? It’s been dead for at least forty.


12 posted on 07/17/2011 11:48:57 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Kaslin
"Sir...He's dead already."


13 posted on 07/17/2011 11:49:24 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Kaslin

1 “To the angel[a] of the church in Sardis write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits[b] of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.


14 posted on 07/17/2011 12:07:24 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Kaslin
It's been “walking” dead for 25-years...Just another communist front organization...Good riddance...
15 posted on 07/17/2011 12:11:09 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Kaslin

I thought it gave up the ghost already. Gee Henry VIII, guess God didn’t like your idea.


16 posted on 07/17/2011 12:51:36 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin; All

Approximately how much of the Brit taxpayer’s dough does the C of E get nowadays?

And if the gravy was cut off, would we have a whole new crop of picturesque ecclesiastical ruins to gawk at. To go with the ones Henry-the-Eighth-I-am-I-am created when he started this whole thing?

Boy oh boy, state sponsorship is indeed the kiss of death.


17 posted on 07/17/2011 12:53:33 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

That and Homosexuals have DESTROYED it from within.


18 posted on 07/17/2011 2:01:23 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: sinanju

Considering as they stole the property in the first place, no, you’d have the property returned to it’s rightful owners who actually built it.


19 posted on 07/17/2011 2:06:50 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: Kaslin

Anglican Catholic


20 posted on 07/17/2011 2:57:21 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: Bryanw92
I’d change churches (and denomination), but I’m worried that I’ll just move to the next one to fall to the homosexual/progressive agenda. But I know that I have to change denominations after today. I lost a lot of trust in organized religion today.

I think a lot of people would be better off attending smaller churches/denominations, or starting up their own Sunday morning prayer groups. We kept coming across churches where the focus was on the church and not on Christ or his teachings, and how big and fancy they could build their church, or we'd come across churches where a cult of personality would develop around the leader.
21 posted on 07/17/2011 3:20:04 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Kaslin

Who would even know?


22 posted on 07/17/2011 5:38:07 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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