We all saw it coming years ago and it has now finally happened. The Episcopal Church is officially split with the founding of the Anglican Church in North American (AP report).
One of the main issues that drove a wedge in the Anglican fellowship was homosexuality. In 2003 the Episcopal Church ordained an avowed homosexual as a bishop. Conservatives in the church were very upset, with some churches and dioceses pulling away as time went by without change. The new Anglican Church in North American claims to represent true Anglican beliefs.
There are some lessons in all of this.
Lesson 1: Homosexuals are pushing their agenda, trying to force others to not only tolerate their “lifestyle,” but also approve it. They have been very successful at this for many years now. Just think, 10 years ago hardly anyone would have thought states would legalize same-sex marriages. Yet, we have it and it will soon be nationwide.
Lesson 2: Homosexuality is still a sin (1 Cor. 6:9, 10). Just because a major religious body or several of them or state governments approve and promote it does not make it right. Paul described homosexuality as “vile,” “against nature,” “shameful,” and “debased” (Rom. 1:26-28). Every person who believes the Bible is the inspired, inerrant word of God agrees and does not approve homosexuality.
Lesson 3: The Episcopal Church is in error. It is a false religion. Not only does it accept and approve homosexuals, but it is fundamentally contrary to God’s will. When you search the New Testament, you will never find anything like the Episcopal Church. It is an outgrowth of Roman Catholicism via the Church of England. In fact, it was the Church of England in this nation until the Revolution (anything “England” wasn’t popular then). Anyway, its establishment, organization, worship, and doctrine are not in harmony with the doctrine of Christ (2 Jn. 9-11).
Lesson 4: The new Anglican Church in North America is fundamentally wrong too. Yes, it is good that they took a stand against ordaining homosexuals, but they have much further to go to be right with God. The Anglican Church is not in the New Testament. We suspect it will be organized essentially the same as the Episcopal Church, have the same basic worship, and nearly identical doctrines (save homosexuality and a few other things). Instead of representing “true Anglican beliefs” they should strive to represent “true New Testament” beliefs (Col. 3:17; 1 Pet. 4:11).
Lesson 5: The Episcopal Church was not established one year and began ordaining homosexuals the next. Rather, the moral degradation of the church took many decades, perhaps a century or more. When they were founded on unbiblical principles and continued to drift away from the truth of the Gospel, it was inevitable that they corrupt themselves in every facet of religion (2 Tim. 3:13). The Bible warns us to take heed lest we drift (Heb. 2:1, 2). We need to be very careful about the steps we take, because in years to come we may not recognize the church anymore.
No doubt, this is not the last we will hear of the split in American Anglicanism, nor is it the last religious body that will be affected by the homosexual agenda. Our duty is to stick to the New Testament, never compromise, and strive to teach our neighbors the truth.