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 their successors (for the apostles were unique in both authorization and inspiration, and they have no successors), but loyalty to the apostolic doctrine of the New Testament.

The teaching of the apostles, now permanently preserved in the New Testament, is to regulate the beliefs and practices of the church of every generation. This is why the Bible is over the church and not vice versa. The apostolic authors of the New Testament were commissioned by Christ, not by the church, and wrote with the authority of Christ, not of the church. ‘To that authority (sc. of the apostles)’, as the Anglican bishops said at the 1958 Lambeth Conference, ‘the Church must ever bow.’ Would that it did. — John R.W. Stott

On the Church of England Bishop becoming a patron of Pride event. I am convinced beyond doubt that the CofE is now apostate. My heart bleeds for it, but I honestly cannot see how any faithful Christian can be part of it any longer. If someone can convince me otherwise from Holy Scripture, I am willing to listen and change my mind. — Rev. Dr. Jules Gomes

Once you fracture the link between sex in Christian marriage with the conception of children, and sanction homosexual love liaisons, there is no logical need to restrain the definition of marriage to two people. It can be extended to three or perhaps four — and of any combination of straight or LGBTQQIP2SAA you care for. — Rev. Dr. Gavin Ashenden

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