The FCA: choosing their queens carefully
This makes for very confusing reading and in my headline, I am alluding, of course, to the fact that this controversy over an alternative gospel being preached, which is FCA's charge, surely has a lot to do with women and gay people and perhaps actually less to do with the presentation of an alternative Jesus. Those who hold to inclusivity are not preaching another gospel. They are simply preaching the good news to women and to people in same-sex relationships and not excluding them. So it makes for an awkward read - FCA hold to Male headship for the most part but choose to quote the support of one particular and powerful woman when it suits them!
Later amendment my moi: I have since read around a little. There is a lot of talk out there about the Queen's 'support' of FCA and it transpires, according to Ecclesia Thinktank, that Royal sources said the Queen was not endorsing the FCA and pointed out that she corresponds with a great number of organisations. There seems to have been a fair amount of misquoting going on at FCA conference. On Monday I looked at what had been read out from John Coles, leader of New Wine but it transpires that the original correspondance was shortened and Jody has written to explain that she did manage to talk to John Coles about it and the paragraph thatwas read out was only half the story. John said that New Wine were about affirming women in ordained ministry. 'I realise that there are many in FCA who hold views which are very different from ours, for instance excluding women from church leadership. But with Henry Orombi right at the heart of it I know that our views on women in leadership will be upheld.'
So I guess to conclude my dabbling just a little in exploring all things GAFCON, FOCA and FCA on and off for 12 months or so, I would not be able to sign up to these organisations, what a sad thing in some ways when I feel just as passionately about the gospel as they do, and that's THE GOSPEL, not some alternative one.
The political stuff I continue to find interesting but in some ways it is sad. When I started to explain all the different denominational differences I had explored in the course of discerning where I stand on issues, it dawned on me at selection conference, that I am hoping to join a very, very messy church. I really hope that we do not have a 'break away church'. It does feel painful to think that there is a body of people out there who think that you love Jesus somehow less than they do or that you are less obedient than they are. I am saddened by the absence of open evangelicals at FCA. Surely, we have so much common ground?
Ordained Anglican. Thinking out loud about church.