No Rod Thomas - we are followers of the WORD.
Despite this bold move, tread gently because 'we want to insist that we are not setting up a separate ecclesial organisation. Rather, we are a fellowship operating within a wider federation. And as a fellowship we seek to reach out to whoever wants to be a partner in the gospel. We must win friends to the cause.'
The problem at the moment as he sees it: 'Groups of likeminded people formulate voting tactics so that synodical processes can be used to subvert what is clearly the will of synod. And once underway, the House of Bishop’s declares itself powerless to reverse the synodical process.'
Signatories to GAFCON that I know of in the UK so far
St Mary the Virgin Elsenham, Essex
Christ Church Chadderton, Manchester who link to Anglican Mainstream and Reform
Loxbeare Church Tiverton, N Devon
St John's Church Polegate, Sussex who link to Anglican Mainstream, Reform and Good Book Co
St Nicholas Tooting, London who link to Cornhill, Reform and Good Book Co
St Laurence Church Eastwood, Essex
St John's Lindow PCC, Cheshire but contains positive stuff on gender
All Saints Little Shelford PCC, Cambridgeshire
St George's Becontree PCC, Essex
Elswick Parish Church, Newcastle Upon Tyne
How do you feel about your church leaders and PCCs signing the declaration, joining Reform, looking for transferred oversight overseas, not ordaining women and pursuing their own agenda outside of the church of England? Are you really all in agreement?
If Reform bring people to love Jesus and live for him then that's fantastic but I do find some of the views that these Reform people hold really difficult. For instance their keynote speaker today (it was a two day conference) is David Short, St John’s Shaughnessy,Vancouver. This church is the same church that might just marry a couple with a sermon stating: Wives, submit to the husband as the head - he is in charge.
I can't separate Reform out in my mind from agendas that involve the eternal subordination of Jesus and the subordination of women. Please, correct me if I'm wrong. I also associate them with Richard Turnbull and his time at Wycliffe with all those resignations of female staff and those things he said about the theological colleges.
Read the Thinking Anglicans thread for thoughts I dare not express
Has your church signed up to the Jerusalem Declaration (Gafcon)? See here.
Individuals worldwide are signing up here
Consider reading this too which is reasons why you shouldn't sign