I’d like to write Rest in Peace but it’s not peace these people are going to find. Even Cranmer has it wrong with his “women bishops OR schism”.
No, it’s follow scripture OR schism. The CofE has decided not to follow scripture, it is therefore no longer fit for purpose, therefore there will be schism and any real Christians left inside will now also be forced out.
The Guardian is full of it, even doing a live blog, as befits yet another socialist PC “victory” [read further dystopia]. The old churches are still worth visiting and even finding some measure of peace in but as for being functioning churches, the days have now gone.
Some would say never mind, the CofE was born in iniquity with Wolsey, Cranmer and Anne Boleyn and it’s only appropriate they die in iniquity. The word Laodicea springs to mind.
What’s happened, of course, is that actual Christians have left the church in droves, just as conservatives have left the Tories in droves and that’s just what the non-Christian Anglicans and Epicopalians want – they want the voice in the wilderness silenced. Just as the pink Tory Party wants the actual conservatives silenced.
What is left is the relativistic, socialist mish-mash, not unlike the barbarians after the sacking of Rome. Make your own religion up as you go – only they have control of the buildings and organization now.
Those words in the final hours are more prophetic now than ever:
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Some comments at Cranmer’s:
# The people who did this don’t care about the sufficiency of Scripture. They are busy establishing an entirely different religion. Consistency with the past is not relevant to the worship of Autonomous Man.
# As for our Anglican “separated brethren”, I wish them well and keep them in my prayers. And hope that Archbishop Justin Welby has a good stock of headache remedies in his bathroom medicine cupboard this week, the poor man is going to need them 🙂
He’ll need more than that. As a non-Christian, there’s only one direction he’s going. Smoke in the Vatican? Similar.
# A bishop to be be a bishop must be universally recognized. With this action, it is not possible.
# If the CoE approves this measure, the CoE will disintegrate within a generation. The place of conservative evangelicals will have been proscribed – despite all this eyewash about flourishing.
# This issue of women bishops – like contraception, abortion, and homosexuality – is about the very nature of the Church and membership in the Church.
And of course, non-Christians – the honest, admitted ones like the humanists, atheists and Science-is-Goddists, as distinct from the CINOs – are creasing themselves laughing at what they see as a storm in a teacup wracking a once formidable foe apart:
# And Christians wonder why fewer people bother with their organised religion. Watching from the sidelines as it were, I find it pure pantomime if not a reality version of Punch and Judy and I’m no lover of either.