David Virtue has a piece up at his site where Archbishop Gregory Venables, the Primate of South America, told the April launch of GAFCON Ireland that GAFCON is the only game in town for faithful Anglicans.
“At this launch we are saying we take God and his Word seriously… are you prepared to stand firm? Will you pay the price? I will take God seriously and take myself less seriously. It would not be right to say I am 90% faithful to my wife?”… I’ve been called to be 100% faithful to her, and she won’t accept anything else. And if I’m going to be 100% faithful to God, I’ve got only one thing to say to this present-day situation — ‘No’!”.
Venables said people may not like the word ‘GAFCON’ but it’s the only game in town for faithful Anglicans. “Believe me there is no other place to go if you are interested in the gospel. If you care about people’s eternal destiny, you have to make a church. There is only one way to be faithful – to have courage. That is what GAFCON is, he said.”
I applaud GAFCON’s commitment to a Scriptural faith, but I beg to differ because GAFCON is not the only game in town for faithful Anglicans.
We in the Ordinariates for Catholics of Anglican Patrimony are the final destination of true Anglican Christian orthodoxy because we are re-grafted into the Church that Christ founded and thus reconnected to the English Catholicism that preceded the “Reformation.” We are as passionately obedient to Scripture, but we have come to see that Sola Scriptura is not enough, because it lends itself to everyone being his or her own pope interpreting the Scriptures. Also, for us the 39 Articles, well, we see them as an ambiguous political document
There’s a lot to like about GAFCON though. This, for example:
Guest preacher, (the Rev.) Vaughan Edward Roberts, rector of St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, said the crisis in the Anglican Communion is because of a divorce between the gospel and Godliness. “Gospel godliness must be lived out by the church. Godliness is seen in action. We live distinct lives in a world that watches!”
Roberts outlined three foundations for faithful churches:
1.) The apostolic gospel
2.) Godly leaders
3.) Effective discipline.
“We cannot ‘agree to disagree’ on core convictions of the apostolic gospel, sexual sin is one of those.
How can I go back to sin when he (Jesus) died to set me free from it! The cross does not make sense if humans are not deeply sinful and under the wrath of God. Jesus came to our world as RESCUER, not to add frills to our basically good lives.
Amen! I feel more kinship with these faithful GAFCON members and their Scriptural faith and commitment to Jesus Christ and to godliness than I do to progressive Catholics who are endeavoring to change Catholic teaching on marriage, divorce, and the sacraments.
Let us pray for them, and hope they will come to pray for us!