Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Rowan Williams' Response To GAFCON

The GAFCON is a rebellious movement within the Anglican Communion to gather sympathizers to go against the liberal Episcopalian churches in America that ordain homosexuals and women.

The conference lasted for 7 days in Jerusalem, ended yesterday. This conference has been slamming the leadership of Rowan Williams for failing to stop the radical shift of the American Episcopalian.

And so Rowan Williams has responded:

A 'Primates' Council' which consists only of a self-selected group from among the Primates of the Communion will not pass the test of legitimacy for all in the Communion. And any claim to be free to operate across provincial boundaries is fraught with difficulties, both theological and practical – theological because of our historic commitments to mutual recognition of ministries in the Communion, practical because of the obvious strain of responsibly exercising episcopal or primatial authority across enormous geographical and cultural divides...

I believe that it is wrong to assume we are now so far apart that all those outside the GAFCON network are simply proclaiming another gospel. This is not the case; it is not the experience of millions of faithful and biblically focused Anglicans in every province. What is true is that, on all sides of our controversies, slogans, misrepresentations and caricatures abound. And they need to be challenged in the name of the respect and patience we owe to each other in Jesus Christ...

I have in the past quoted to some in the Communion who would call themselves radical the words of the Apostle in I Cor.11.33: 'wait for one another'. I would say the same to those in whose name this statement has been issued. An impatience at all costs to clear the Lord's field of the weeds that may appear among the shoots of true life (Matt.13.29) will put at risk our clarity and effectiveness in communicating just those evangelical and catholic truths which the GAFCON statement presents...

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My comments:

I have no comment but to paraphrase from Matthew 13 that Williams refers...

The servants asked the owner of the field, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'

'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'

The only difference that I noticed between the servants in this parable and the GAFCONians is that the former did at least care to ask the owner of the field (the owner that I'm referring here is God, not Rowan Williams).

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