Southwark Responds as Story Hits the Mainstream Media

Mar 14, 2015 by

By David Ould, Stand Firm: The Southwark Muslim Prayer Story has begun to hit the mainstream media in a big way. A quick google search shows an increasing number of papers and other online news services picking it up. A number of images (screengrabs from the video) are being used repeatedly including this one which shows Cannon Goddard affirming the commonality of Allah and the God of the Bible, not a sight that will make the orthodox happy and which is beginning to give the bishop of Southwark no end of trouble. I reached out to the diocese for a response and got this: A spokesperson for the Diocese of Southwark said, “The Bishop of Southwark takes very seriously his responsibility to uphold the teaching of the Church and to work within its framework of legislation and guidance. It is quite clear that Islamic prayer should not take place in...

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Liberal “Christianity” Reveals Its Soul and Bares Its Fangs

Nov 30, 2014 by

By Peter Jones, The Aquila Report: The Church’s conflict with non-Christian religions is to be expected. Israel’s monotheistic faith was in direct confrontation with the many gods of Babylon and Egypt. Christians were confronted with the many altars to the gods of the Greco-Roman Empire. Interfaith was not on the cards. This situation clearly reflected the fundamental differences between the many forms of Oneist paganism in which everything is God, and Twoist biblical faith, in which God is the separate Creator and everything else is creation. In one case everything is one and the same; in the other, God and creation are radically different. There is, of course, a certain confusion with the so-called Abrahamic religions, but on closer examination, the gods of heretical Islam and Rabbinic Judaism are ultimately impersonal because they are singular, not Trinitarian. For God to be personal, Islam and Judaism must see God as...

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A litmus test for orthodoxy

May 16, 2014 by

From Premier Christianity: The Evangelical Alliance’s decision to remove Steve Chalke’s organisation Oasis from membership raises the question of what defines an evangelical today. Justin Brierley reflects on why homosexuality has become the latest tipping point. ‘So where do you stand on homosexuality?’ asked the church leader I had met only five minutes ago. We were attending a media event, and had reached the wine-and-canapés-hobnobbing part that inevitably follows. It’s the kind of question which, in any other context, would seem vastly inappropriate from someone you had just been introduced to. ‘Terrible weather we’ve been having…so what do you think about gay sex?’ There is an unwritten (and slightly depressing) rule in some evangelical circles that the quickest way to ascertain if a person is ‘sound’ is to find out what they think about sexuality. We live in a world of ever-increasing categorisation, and homosexuality seems to have become the de-facto crunch issue that can potentially mark you in or out of the evangelical fold. Read...

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ACI's letter to the Bishops of the Episocpal Church – revisited

Nov 30, 2012 by

Read open letter from The Rev. Prof. Christopher Seitz, The Rev. Dr. Philip Turner and The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner here Read also some of the comments from Kendall Harmon's blog, including this one by Pageantmaster (an Englishman) : If I were an Episcopal Church Bishop receiving this letter as an addressee, which thankfully I am not qualified to be, and therefore do not have to swear allegience to a particular interpretation of TEC’s constitution as Goodwin Proctor shall feel like making it up from time to time, I think I would not be very pleased with Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori. Consider: 1. She has a dreadful record of wasting Episcopal Church resources, mostly on the dreadful firm of Goodwin Proctor and its partner acting as her Chancellor. 2. She has made the Episcopal Church into a by-word for arbitrary and reckless behaviour and persecution around the world and in doing...

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Episcopal Bishop Promotes Homosexuality, Denies Biblical Authority

Aug 14, 2012 by

By Kristin Rudolph, IRD Christians on either side of the homosexuality debate have “a lot to agree on … [but] one of the things we might not agree on is that book … the Bible,” said Bishop Gene Robinson at Skyline Church’s “Conversation on the Definition of Marriage.” Robinson was the first openly gay bishop ordained in the Episcopal Church. On Sunday, July 28, San Diego’s Skyline Church invited Robinson, John Corvino, Jennifer Roback Morse, and Robert Gagnon for this discussion. Robinson, the retiring bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, and Corvino, philosopher and co-author of the recent book Debating Same-Sex Marriage, were defending homosexual unions. Morse, founder and president of The Ruth Institute, and Gagnon, a theologian at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, defended traditional marriage. “The Church is trying to ask and answer the question, how big … is God’s love for all of God’s children,” Robinson...

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That’s enough flannel about women bishops

Jul 11, 2012 by

by Melanie McDonagh, London Evening Standard The Church of England has agonised for 12 years about whether to ordain women as bishops and at last has come to a decision, viz, to put the whole thing off until November. Or possibly February, so the new Archbishop of Canterbury can get to grips with the question. (And you wonder why there aren’t any outstanding candidates?)   The proponents of women bishops, you see, are hugely exercised by the opt-out clause in the deal. That allows opponents of women’s ordination to call on bishops for their parishes who are not only male but have been ordained by men. There aren’t many of these parishes: think very camp Anglo-Catholics, or evangelicals with strong views about women ordering men about. But these harmless dissidents are enough for the would-be women bishops to refuse to play. Nope. If they’re not going to be ordained...

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