The Church of England Evangelical Council Statement on The Episcopal Church’s Response

13 October 2007 - Print Version

The Church of England Evangelical Council Statement on The Episcopal Church’s Response to the Primates and the Lambeth Conference

“The Church of England Evangelical Council has met and considered the responses of The Episcopal Church (TEC) to the questions asked of it from the Primates′ Meeting in Tanzania. We wish to report back to the Anglican Evangelical churches we represent the results of our consultation.

We are committed to the Church of England and the Anglican Communion.

We believe TEC′s response does not meet the requests of the Primates from Dar es Salaam, not merely for clarification but for repentance and turning back from their clear intention to affirm same-sex blessings and the consecration of practising homosexuals to the episcopate. They have continued to widen a gap of their own making. As a result the fabric of the Communion is torn almost beyond repair.

We support attempts to draw the Communion back together around a covenant, but in the light of TEC′s response this covenant may not hold. TEC has shown by its pronouncements and its practice to have placed itself outside the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the Catholic Creeds.

We support the intentions of the Common Cause Council and those bishops invited to give pastoral care for congregations in the United States.

We support those Bishops who have said that under the present arrangements they cannot attend the Lambeth Conference. We invite those English dioceses who are twinned with dioceses and provinces overseas to consult with their companion dioceses about whether to attend the Lambeth Conference. We prayerfully counsel Church of England bishops to consider whether in the light of TEC′s response they may wish to absent themselves.

Jesus Christ unites people from different races, cultures, economic groups, genders and sexual inclinations into a true inclusivity based on repentance, faith and the gift of the Spirit. This is the true diversity of the transforming gospel. In effect TEC′s approach to inclusiveness excludes the majority of Anglicans from other provinces who are faithful to Biblical teaching. We affirm as the will of God the biblical teaching that we are called either to heterosexual marriage or celibacy.

We wish to uphold the Primates in our prayers as they receive TEC′s response and as they work for the health of the Anglican Communion.”

CEEC is the representative body for evangelicals in the Church of England. It brings together representatives of Anglican Evangelical churches, Diocesan Evangelical Fellowships, Networks, General Synod members, theological colleges and mission societies.

Further information concerning the Primates Questions, see: http://www.aco.org/primates/downloads/index.cfm
Further information concerning the Common Cause Council, see: http://www.acn-us.org/archive/2007/09/common-cause-council-of-bishops-opens.html

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  1. Father Ron Smith Says:

    Perhaps the Evngelical Council of the UK should be made aware of the fact that not all of the Provinces of the world-wide Anglican Communion are satisfied that the proposed Anglican Covenant is a viable intrument for the future untiy of the Communion. It could lead to undue exercise of power by a minority of the Primates.

    One of the problems is that some Provinces see the need for a more prophetic role for the Church in this day and age, and for the future ministry of our Church to a world which is no longer bound by the ‘oughts and shoulds’ of a by-gone era of ignorance and prejudice.

    The Church once persecuted those scientists who discovered that the earth was not a flat arena. New scientific evidence tells us of the probability that homosexuality is a ‘given’ rather than a ‘chosen’ orientation.

    In today’s society, we realise that sexual sins are not the sole prerogative of homosexual persons, but are also committeed by the predominant heterosexual society. Therefore to concentrate on the behaviour of a minority group in society, rather than advocating the proper disciplne of the institution of loving, caring relationships for all, is perhaps to be culpable of wilful misunderstanding of the mission of the Church.