Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand response to the Motion 29 Working Group Final Report

Apr 11, 2018 by

This is the formal response to the Motion 29 Working Group Final Report and Recommendations. The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand (FCANZ) is thankful for the opportunities the Working Group has provided the Province to offer feedback, and to some extent shape the final recommendations included within the report.

The Working Group spent significant time engaging with numerous individuals and groups from across our Province in order that it better understood their concerns. It has led to a document that clearly seeks compromise between those on either side of the debate. For its approach, its willingness to understand, and its genuine efforts we are thankful.

Notwithstanding the above, FCANZ is convinced that in some areas the recommendations go too far and in other areas the recommendations do not go far enough.

Too far

The proposal to allow authorized services that are inconsistent with the Formularies of our church will result in changes to the church’s doctrine and practice regarding sexual relationships. It will allow for the blessing of not only homosexual couples, but also heterosexual couples who are not married. This will cause significant problems for the consciences of many who minister, serve, and participate in the life of our church. They will be required to declare their obedience to rules and regulations which contradict the teaching of Scripture and the historical practice of the Christian church. There will be many who will not be able to sign due obedience to these new canons and will therefore be unable to retain episcopal licenses. By allowing for the authorized introduction of such doctrine and practice, this church risks losing many faithful men and women, both lay and ordained.

Read here (PDF)FCANZ Response to Final M29 Report

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