30 March 2009

Just what is a show-stopper for the schismatics?

In an interesting bit of spin, some in the schismatic communion are comparing the global market near meltdown to the meltdown in the Anglican Communion. One such person is the Rev'd. Mr. Charles Raven, "senior minister" of Christ Church, Wyre Forest. Christ Church is a schismatic community in the diocese of of Worchester.

Raven's article appears on SPREAD, a site "dedicated to the preservation and propagation of the reformed Christian faith as classically expressed in the Anglican Formularies[:] the Thirty-nine Articles, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal." You'll find the entire article here.

Raven builds his argument upon remarks made by Lord Turner, newly appointed chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the United Kingdom's banking regulatory agency.
Just as lack of banking discipline has led to the global credit crunch, so a lack of spiritual discipline has led to what we might term the Anglican Communion's 'credibility crunch' - the growing realisation that, in its Lambeth form, it has ceased to be a body united around core doctrine and is taking on the nature of a religious debating society.

That is not to say that the Lambeth Communion lacks beliefs, just that they are the wrong ones.
This is more of the typical propaganda we've been reading for years; but it does contains a phrase that I have heard tossed about with increasing frequency as of late although this is the first time I've seen it in print
    The Lambeth Communion
It is part of a new strategy of proclaiming the schismatics as the authentic inheritors of the world's Anglican faith separating the Anglican Communion from the "Lambeth Communion." Remember, dear friends, words matter because words reveal much about the people who use the them.
Misplaced faith in ecclesiastical institutions and the ideology that being Anglican is defined by relationship to the Archbishop of Canterbury have led the 'instruments of unity' to concentrate on legalistic form rather than spiritual substance, with disastrous results.
It boils down to this: "The Archbishop of Canterbury is irrelevant to Anglican identity because we say so." Anglicans are errant to place faith in any "ecclesiastical institution" that claims Canterbury. Real unity, of course, is found in the schismatic movement.
With no effective restraint, a counterfeit Christianity has established itself within the Anglican Communion, pushing well beyond the boundaries of orthodox faith and morality in North America with the British Isles not far behind. Adherence to legal form means that ecclesiastical law can nonetheless be used aggressively to deprive orthodox congregations of their assets while those who encourage the law suits - some 60 in the United States alone - continue to participate in endless 'conversation'
Counterfeit Christianity? What is counterfeit Christianity. Neither Jesus nor the first, second or third century Christians would recognize the faith of the schismatics - they would be hard pressed to recognize the Christianity of any church today.

Twice we hear the evils of adherence to legal forms. This is an interesting comment coming from schismatics who are attempting to impose Levitical legalism on the world via Calvinism's legalism. What Raven means, of course is, "Imposing your legalism on us is wrong, yea sinful, but enforcing our legalism on you is right and godly." That's what the Puritans in the 1600s said and it is another evidence of the Puritanism of the schismatics.

As for the "law suits - some 60 in the United States alone" all legal action was necessitated by the illegal and immoral actions of the schismatics themselves. TEC is castigated, and is evil, for protecting itself. What logic. In case after case, the courts have decided the schismatics are a bunch of thieves.

The remarkable thing in Raven's assertion of "the Anglican Communion's 'credibility crunch.'" That is, of course, a false statement. As for credibility, well, that is not a word in the schismatics dictionary.

But, let us turn to the credibility of the schismatic for a moment. So far this is what we've seen:
I recently came across an article I missed back in 2006. In that article we find this smoking gun, though. Speaking of Akinola's actions, the schismatics in Virgnia said:
I can’t ignore what’s gone on though. It gives me pause. But I understand it well enough that it’s not a show-stopper.
The man was speaking of this statement from a statement to the people of Nigeria by Akinola
May we at this stage remind our Muslim brothers that they do not have the monopoly of violence in this nation. Nigeria belongs to all of us - Christians, Muslims and members of other faiths. No amount of intimidation can Change this time-honoured arrangement in this nation.
Their leader's advocacy of murder is not “a show-stopper.” However, for TEC to promote human rights is the "show-stopper" and cause the "faithful" to put themselves under the direct authority of a bishop who advocates and incites murder.

Who has the "credibility crunch?" The answer comes from Jesus' words "you shall know them by their fruits" (Mt. 7.16).