Anglicans lead Wittenberg-style protest against ‘progressive’ bishops in their cathedrals.

Gavin Ashenden

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On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, Anglicans nailed (or tacked) a similar protesting document to the doors of five Church of England cathedrals. Leaders in the movement told PJ Media they intend to push the Church of England back to the Bible and against a “secular” form of “soft socialism.”

“These postings of the Southwark Declaration represent a grassroots protest amongst both the orthodox laity and the clergy against the complacent selling-out of the Church of England to the current secular zeitgeist in the name of progressive Christianity,” Gavin Ashenden, a missionary bishop to England who rejected his ordination in the Church of England (and his position as special bishop to Queen Elizabeth II) this year, told PJ Media.

Each of the protesting Anglicans posted both the Southwark Declaration — a document…

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5 thoughts on “Anglicans lead Wittenberg-style protest against ‘progressive’ bishops in their cathedrals.

  1. This is lovely but it seems remarkably late in coming to me. It seems from CS Lewis’ writings that there has been significant levels of hererodoxy in the C of E for ages – consider how long ago David Jenkins was made Bishop of Durham… There are churches out there which seemingly haven’t been preaching the gospel for years. (I happened to visit one in Sussex a few months ago – it was very weird. I found quotes lying around from William Blake, the Gospel of Thomas – even Victor Hugo, which the Sunday School had been studying!! – but zero from the Bible.)

    And even on sexual morality, which seems to be the touch-paper issue today, the C of E has been blessing adultery in the form of divorce+remarriage for decades – despite it going against both Jesus’ explicit teaching and a Commandment – without this kind of reaction.

    I have a theory, which I hope is wrong, that homosexuality is such a rallying-point, rather than (say) divorce because it’s a “theoretical”, rather than a practical, issue for most people. Most people are not homosexual, and unconsciously know they make no possible personal sacrifice if gay sex continues to be “illegal”; but most people must be dimly aware that they potentially stand to suffer if divorce and remarriage became illegal again – no marriage is immune to difficulties. And, speaking just for myself, it much easier to campaign for something which can never cause me personal pain than for something which might.

    I can’t think of another reason why people should happily swallow doctrine that is at clear variance with Jesus’ words and a Commandment, and then get so exercised at an issue he never spoke on and which is not a Commandment.

    On the other hand I suppose that all this has to happen sometime, and perhaps the answer is that homosexuality has been the last straw? Our ways aren’t God’s ways after all.


    • Hi Jonathan – I tried quick reply over lunch at conference but find phones don’t have handy facilities. A good theory on the dichotomy but think you’ve overlooked the essence of this matter; it’s what the Lord foretold. That is, the repetition of the Days of Noah and Lot indicate the close proximity of the time of His return. (Check my tags for more on this.)

      Could mention more on this but must point out the lgbt notion of Jesus never having commented upon their sort of sin – and it’s thus ok – is sheer fallacy. That notion is simply a modern version of the Father of Lies’ first recorded words, “Did God really say…?” (Gen 3:1). It’s satan’s seductive way of leading away from Truth into the ‘doctrines of demons’ – and then its got us!

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      • Yes, I agree that it’s a fallacy to say that if Jesus isn’t recorded as mentioning it then it’s not a sin. I just think there are other more glaring sins people overlook. If our fundamental complaint is the C of E condoning sexual immorality, then we are decades late.

        And yes – of course God does foretell it – but I’m not convinced that whatever is done to bring the prophecy to fruition must be right – if it means standing by while sin occurs, for example. The prophecy may be fulfilled and even in that, those who follow Jesus may have things to repent of. Although I suspect I may be misunderstanding what you mean…


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