Today finds me deeply disappointed: Bishop Bobby Duncan and his faithful friends at the Common Cause Partnership have removed Saddleback Community Church from theirlist of faithful Anglican parishes in California. Evangelical Eric says I should be proud, since this shows how much attention the CCP fellows pay to my words, but I find myself unable to share in his joy.
This is because I know that for the true GAFCON man there’s nothing more shameful than to backtrack on any claim one makes – regardless of how outlandish it might be. Big Pete Akinola understands this, which is why you never hear him wavering when it comes to his claim that Nigeria is a land of Christian righteousness and harmony to which Bible-believers everywhere else must look up in admiration. Nor do you ever hear Layman Schofield question his own episcopacy, or little Pete Jensen ever stop repeating his claim to actively support women’s ministry.
No; once the true Bible-believer makes an inflated, boastful statement – even one as trivial as claiming an additional 22,000 members – he stands by it, fiercely ridiculing all who dare question him. These dark days are no time to be wishy-washy, and if we’re not careful Duncan’s behaviour could open a floodgate.
The analogy of a “slippery slide” is one that probably hasn’t been used before, but it couldn’t be more appropriate: if we self-proclaimed ‘Orthodox’ Believers start admitting we could be lying about our support base who knows where this honesty could lead? Next we might start questioning our right to keep properties belonging to the Church we’ve left, or to trade off our old Church’s name, or even ask ourselves how we can justify hating and excluding those whom Christ commanded us to love. Indeed, if GAFCON Bishops are going to start letting the truth get in the way of their vision for personal glory we might as well all give up now.
I’m Father Christian and I teach the Bible