The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Atkinson, I mean, Williams, has indicated he will not be inviting the conservative Americans recently ordained as bishops and priests by African prelates to his big Lambeth Conference shindig next year.
As a result, the Anglican church in Nigeria has threatened to boycott the Conference.
In response, Archbishop Williams brought out the Big Guns: “The refusal to meet can be a refusal of the cross — and so of the resurrection.”
Ouch! Not going along with the liberal Archbishop's program can be a denial of the cross and the resurrection! Now that's heavy. At least it would be, if it wasn't complete bunkum.
To equate staying away from a Conference of a Christian communion led by an Archbishop who has reportedly conducted private communions for practicing homosexual clergy with denial of the Cross and the Resurrection amounts to a tuffer so colossal I'm surprised the Archbishop's tongue didn't fall out of his head when he uttered it.
And yet, that is how I find it often is with liberal Christian leaders. They use Christian words and phrases, but they are a veneer; the sentiments they express are false, and the words they use are either emptied of their meaning or given a new meaning that is incompatible with historic faith.
The Anglican Communion is like a train. Each province is a box-car. Canterbury is the engine. I say it's time for the faithful to unhitch themselves from the present engine and the box cars filled with rot and go their own way.
As Jesus said, concerning the Pharisees, "Let the blind lead the blind -- they'll both end up in the ditch". The Anglican Church is headed for the ditch (or worse).
Jesus didn't say "follow the Archbishop"; he didn't say, "follow the bishops"; he didn't say, "follow the cultural trends; he didn't say, "follow the crowd; he said, "follow me".
It's time for the big disconnect. It's time for the faithful to bail.
Only then will the liberals perhaps come to their senses and see what harm they have wrought.
And that's the way the Ball bounces.