Sunday, January 11, 2009

Anglican SPREAD

Cranmer has received a missive from a group called ‘Anglican SPREAD’ – The Society for the Propagation of Reformed Evangelical Anglican Doctrine - a Church of England group supporting the aims and intentions of GAFCON.

He has warned them that their choice of name will invite all manner of trivial and derisory comment (Anglican SPREAD – like Marmite, you either love it or hate it; Anglican SPREAD – like vermin/disease, etc., etc., etc.).

However, Cranmer is delighted to inform his readers and communicants that the Revd Charles Raven is the director of this group which is based in the United States under the Chairmanship of Bishop John Rodgers, formerly President and Dean of Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry and one of the founding bishops of the Anglican Mission in America.

It is dedicated ‘to the preservation and propagation of the reformed Christian faith as classically expressed by the English Reformers and definitively stated in the Anglican Formularies, the Thirty-nine Articles, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal, it produced a number of carefully-researched papers with a particular concern to shed light on the widespread confusion surrounding the beliefs of the current Archbishop of Canterbury.

‘Events between the 1998 and 2008 Lambeth Conferences have demonstrated decisively that the Communion’s present ‘instruments of unity’, including the See of Canterbury itself, are no longer fit for purpose when confronted with deep theological confusion in which evil is held out as good and good as evil. A merely institutional unity not firmly rooted in the revealed truths of God’s Word written is not only counterfeit but also toxic, exposing the whole Communion to the false teaching and the immorality absorbed by the Western Churches.

‘Taking encouragement from the GAFCON movement’s Jerusalem Declaration of June 2008, which reaffirmed the authoritative role of the historic formularies for Anglicanism today, SPREAD seeks to guard against this danger and to encourage the emergence of new Anglican structures able to support a coherent and confident proclamation of the gospel around the globe.

‘With a new Anglican Province being declared in North America, we concluded that the Society would be best based in England as the focus of the struggle for a reformed Anglican Communion now shifts to the other side of the Atlantic. As Archbishop Greg Venables noted in May last year: "The central question of the attitude to gay partnerships is just as big and pressing a matter in England as in North America and the division of opinion runs as deep in North America and so all the factors that could bring internal division and a blow up are there.”

‘It is increasingly clear that the Church of England and the other Anglican Churches of the UK are following the same path to apostasy as their North American counterparts. SPREAD therefore supports wholeheartedly the commitment of the Jerusalem Declaration to a unity which is in the first place confessional rather than simply institutional and is committed to articulating this need and the implications for future leadership and governance.’

The SPREAD website is worth checking out, and the Revd Charles Raven will be sending out a brief weekly commentary to everyone on their mailing list, should you wish to register.

Cranmer shall be watching this group, not least because one of its published articles is entitled: ‘There is no via media between incompatible convictions’.

His Grace is steeped in the via media, and the Church of England has survived almost five centuries of apparent incompatibilities.


Blogger John M Ward said...

It could work as SPARED, which though not ideal is perhaps less prone to mischief-playing. (I can't make PARSED work sensibly, though.)

11 January 2009 at 23:34  
Blogger The last cause said...

The Christian Faith is propagated person to person, one example at a time, for myself, if His Grace was granted more exposure, the Faith would have a greater reach and coherence.

In today's media age, a single bad example erases scores of others.

12 January 2009 at 00:11  
Blogger KJC402 said...

If it may please Your Grace and trying not to sound glib, I will be the "wet blanket".

A new Anglican province in North America and connected entities at first sounds wonderful, but there is a fatal flaw, a flaw that will surely be as debilitating to this new body as it was to it's progenitor....Womens Ordination.

WO is the virus that will weaken this new Anglican body and make it vulnerable to infection from other heresies and new age theology to the point, that within a few years, the ACNA will be in the same position as TEC and the ACofC are now and in the process the REC will be infected as well.

Although it is at this point a "take-it or leave-it" proposition for the various constituent members of ACNA, once it is introduced the infection will become systemic.

I know of no allowances in the classic Anglican formularies that authorize the ordination of women to the "Three Fold Ministry" and alas a new mould is cast with a glaring flaw.


12 January 2009 at 03:50  
Blogger McKenzie said...


You wouldn't be gay by any chance would you?

12 January 2009 at 11:29  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

You wouldn't be an idiot by any chance would you?
Where is the reasoning in your comment?

12 January 2009 at 16:18  
Blogger McKenzie said...


Who rattled your cage. Don't tell me you are a poof as well?

12 January 2009 at 17:08  
Blogger McKenzie said...

I wonder if some people have this vision in their minds of money changers running around the temple and shouting "chase me chase me" as Jesus runs after them with a whip of chords?

12 January 2009 at 17:20  
Blogger McKenzie said...

You guys can answer me back, its only a blog you know. I am perfectly harmless in real life. I am disabled you know. Its not easy only having one face, how would you like it?

12 January 2009 at 18:27  
Blogger len.allan said...

I think the issue of women being ordained is a serious one.
I have nothing against women I am married to one!.
I was all for women being involved in the church until someone( on this website) pointed out 1 Timothy 2:12.
(The apostle Paul saying women shouldn`t teach or have authority over men.)
I have a great respect for scripture and for the apostle Paul,and when a scripture is as definite as that I will change my opinion to come in line with scripture.

12 January 2009 at 18:32  
Blogger McKenzie said...

In fairness to His Grace, it will seem that I have been a bit mischievous today. Its just that when He said that 'you either love it or hate it', well I love the idea of this new Spread.

I am the sort of person who will run down stairs and dive over into next door's garden to rescue a slow worm from a cat. I am not particularly enamored of slimy slow worms, in fact I am a great cat lover, but there is something about the way cats seem to torture things for the pleasure of it, which I dislike. I have an instinct to save such things so they have a chance to survive a bit longer.

The same feelings I have for this new Spread. I have noticed that individuals seem to delight in picking bones in here simply for the sport of it (for instance, the word anus will summon all manner of demons), and I could not resist an effort to squash such mean spiritedness, and at least provide an opportunity for the new Spread to ..well..spread.

I have to agree with Len, once again, and say that scripture is the only way we have to form any opinion about God the Gospel of Jesus etc. The picture I get is that certain things are an abomination to the Lord. This is not to say that any of are not sinners, we all are, and there is forgiveness and love for all who repent. As far as I can determine from scripture, homosexual behaviour is a sin, an abomination even. Its one thing for a priest to sort of 'BE' homosexual, but it is quite another matter to find that the church actively recruits and supports such abomination, with the idea that it is no longer a sin and in no need of repentance.

God decides what is sin, and only God can forgive such sins.

My next question will appear base, and in the flesh, but it is a question I ask myself.

Two priests engaging in anal sex, and Jesus walks into the room, what is the atmosphere, and what is the ensuing conversation, if any?

12 January 2009 at 19:05  
Blogger KJC402 said...

Little Black Sambo:

Thanks for the "jump-in".

Considering that Mr. McKenzie claims to be disabled yet can run down the stairs to save worms, I will conclude that his affliction is a mental health issue and I pray for his recovery.

It alludes me how one can draw the conclusion that a person who defends the traditions of the Church to be gay.

The point that I was making is that womens ordination is the door opener to further heresy like the ordination of open and practicing Homosexuals, Pagans, Muslims, Arians, Hindus and open communion to the un-Baptized.

13 January 2009 at 15:11  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Well we've cleared that misunderstanding up anyway. Some people!

13 January 2009 at 17:13  
Blogger Roger Pearse said...

Wasn't Charles Raven the Kidderminster vicar who had the courage to ask his bishop whether he actually signed up to the Windsor Report (CofE agreement not to ordain gays), and was thrown out of his parish for so doing? In fact wasn't he threatened by the same bishop with being arrested by the police unless he vacated the church? With the result that his congregation went with him, and founded an independent church?

17 January 2009 at 21:16  

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