Skip to comments.Could the Church of England Be Dead in 20 Years?
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 Satans 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. Luthers deep desire to remain in the Medieval Church and reform it from within failed miserablya 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 Canterburys 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.
Central Mosque,Up next!
Yes, that is the true trend. Benedict XVI certainly didn't establish the Ordinariate for nothing.
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
>> 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.
The corpse is just still twitching.
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.
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.
In twenty years? It’s been dead for at least forty.
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.
I thought it gave up the ghost already. Gee Henry VIII, guess God didn’t like your idea.
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.
That and Homosexuals have DESTROYED it from within.
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.
Who would even know?