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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TWO TIER CHRISTIANITY

Two tier Christianity, What is it? When starting this blog I had something in mind but after some research it took off in a different direction. It seems that the Anglican Church is having trouble holding and bringing in new members. I didn’t say new Christians because I don’t think that is what the problem is all about, see the quote below.

This week the new General Synod has met for the very first time since being elected. The most important item on the agenda is the proposal of an ‘Anglican Covenant’ which is aimed at creating a new model of the church to steady its decline and schism. Here, as far as I can understand it, is what is proposed.

Should the ‘Anglican Covenant’ be accepted, here in England and across the world, then the shape of the Anglican Church could change forever. Instead of one church with many autonomous member bodies the church would take on a two tier system. Those who espouse a traditional faith would be granted a gold star and considered ‘Grade A’ Anglicans whilst those being innovative, say ordaining homosexuals, would remain a part of the communion but relegated to the second division and be considered ‘Grade B’ Christians.

I can understand the concern over the decline in the Anglican Church but it seems that concern has progressed to desperation for them to consider this.

Again; within this bizarre structure the Archbishop of Canterbury would be granted new powers and authority. This would allow him to declare which parts of the Anglican Communion is Grade A and which is Grade B.

Understandably there is much criticism of the covenant from all sides. Those who seem certain to be made ‘Grade B’ Anglicans are outraged and insulted. Those who want to proclaim the historic faith are equally confused as to how any church can contain different variety of Christians. Either one is preaching the faith or not! This is meant to be a church and not a club. One can only imagine what would be the result if Jesus had attended the meeting and heard and saw what was going on there. There are many congregations withdrawing from the denomination for they realize the as Paul said;

Galations. 5;9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough and continued fellowship would mean acceptance of this modification of the tenets of faith which is not acceptable to them.

Matthew 25:31-34 "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. "And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. The one thing about this scripture is, it is Christ who decides who is accepted and who is rejected not man.

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