Is the Church of England a Gnostic Sect?

Jul 22, 2017 by

by David W Virtue, VOL: True apostolic succession. Almost deafened by the babel of voices in the contemporary church, how are we to decide whom to follow? The answer is: we must test them all by the teaching of the apostles of Jesus Christ. ‘Peace and mercy’ will be on the church when it ‘walks by this rule’ (Gal. 6:16). Indeed, this is the only kind of apostolic succession we can accept — not a line of bishops stretching back to the apostles and claiming to be...

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Why Pelagianism matters (including for the Church of England)

Jul 19, 2017 by

by Matthew Roberts: At last week’s C of E General Synod, Synod member Jayne Ozanne presented an argument for her motion for the C of E to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’ which began with these remarkable words: ‘The Bible teaches us that we are each fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps.139.14), and that we should praise God’s gift of our creation. Thus, our diversity as human beings is a reflection of God’s creativity and something to celebrate. The biblical concern is not with what we are but how...

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Richard Rohr – Is His Teaching Biblical?

Apr 26, 2017 by

By Jane Krammer, Anglican Mainstream[1]. This paper has been researched and written as a result of a deep concern over those Christian friends who have turned away from a more biblically based Christian faith to follow the teachings of Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation. Many consider Rohr’s teachings very attractive, like flashes of gold in the mundanities of life. He is often spoken of in glowing terms; and his following continues to grow, spreading through friendship...

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The ongoing influence of ‘new Gnosticism’ among C of E evangelicals

Apr 25, 2017 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Perhaps two decades ago, new postmodern teachings and ways of doing church began to gain a following among many evangelicals in the English speaking world. They were characterized by calls for “generous orthodoxy”, and their questioning of traditional understandings of the atonement and mission. They appealed to many genuine believers concerned about some aspects of (as they saw it) the culture of conservative churches, for example rigid adherence to...

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Athanasius, Irenaeus, and the Church of England Bus

Mar 29, 2017 by

By Gavin Ashenden, AAC I was recently reading an argument about whether or not Irenaeus of Lyon really wrote “The glory of God is a human being fully alive”. The Latin is Gloria Dei est vivens homo! There was complaint that to add ‘fully alive’ is to buy into the Jungian- New Age paradigm of the idolatry of the developing self. So sidestepping the threat of heresy for a moment, Irenaeus of Lyon writes that just to be alive, capable of joining the angels in praise,...

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Answering the heretical bishops of the Church of England

Dec 3, 2016 by

by Gavin Ashenden: […]  It is always a matter of deep sorrow when bishops in particular, who were ordained to be guardians of the biblical and apostolic faith, allow themselves to be directed and infused by spirits that set themselves against the Holy Spirit. Much of the struggle of the Church in the 19th and 20th century can be understood as a struggle between the Holy Spirit and the spirit of rationalism.  When the Church is taken over by people who turn their back on the Holy Spirit...

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