Who are the true Anglicans? As readers of this blog will know, I have a great respect - and love - for much in the Anglican "Communion". I use inverted commas here not to show any disrespect but because I cannot call what I see now a communion. This article and the fairly new blog (Spread) behind it speak of a split (and more than one?) in the ranks of Anglican Evangelicals. How many evangelical missions are there? The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans looks impressive, but can it really have the effect it wants amidst all the confusion and disagreement.
As some readers will know, I am fascinated by what is happening now in Anglicanism and the Church of England (not necessarily the same thing!). In ecumenical terms, who do Roman Catholics and Orthodox talk to in their discussion with "Anglicans"? What chance is there now for any real development in ecumenical dialogue between Anglicans and others? Of course, this is not a new question, but the situation has grown rapidly worse. Sadly there is a fundamental flaw in Protestantism. Was it only ten years after Luther nailed his theses to the Cathedral door that he broke spectacularly with other reformers over the question of the Real Presence in the Eucharist? How many evangelical churches are there now in the world? How many will survive?
The fact is that personal interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, without some kind of Magisterium (whatever its human failings) and maintaining the ridiculous position of sola scriptura - ridiculous because it argues against itself - leads, sooner or later, to theological chaos. And as I have said before, and it is becoming increasingly clear, you cannot have a "church" where one bishop denies the orders of another or where those ordained by one bishop are not accepted by another and maintain, all the time, that we are all "brothers and sisters in Christ" and are united with each other in the one church. This is sheer, unadulterated, theological nonsense!
Having said all that, I still hold dear so much that I (and the world!) have received from Anglicanism. I hold all Anglicans in my prayers. However, I just wonder how long it will be before many more begin to realise that the game is up and that it is time to return to a more stable orthodox Christianity.