Well, England is about to be invaded! By whom you ask? By those who would pretend to be Anglican and need a basis for claiming as such. I have preached about this for almost all the time I have been blogging and now we are on the cusp of a New Anglican Communion, one that does not involve the Archbishop of Canterbury, and in fact does not involve the Church of England (as we know it) at all.
A new work is being performed by the global south/GAFCON/Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.
Here is the beginning of the end:
The Anglican Mission in England (AMIE) held its inaugural event on Wednesday June 22 during an evangelical ministers’ conference in central London.
AMIE has been established as a society within the Church of England dedicated to the conversion of England and biblical church planting. There is a steering committee and a panel of bishops. The bishops aim to provide effective oversight in collaboration with senior clergy.
Yep, that which began in America and was fostered by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a crazy attempt to appease the Conelonialists has now come back to bite ++Rowan in of all places -- England!
And why? Well the answer is fund in the following simple statement:
The AMIE will continue to encourage church planting and all forms of Christian witness in accord with the Jerusalem Statement of the GAFCON Conference in June 2008.
According to the Jerusalem Declaration the Archbishop of Canterbury is an antiquated idea that has become superfluous to the GAFCON congregations. So, Martyn Minns is in and Rowan Williams is out.
What this group needs desperately, is a claim to English succession. Planting the AMiE will give them that. John David Schofield has said all along he will keep the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin close to the Anglican Communion. Now we know what he meant.
In addition, they really do not need much out of England other than a few throwback bishops, preferably those that have been deposed so they will all look alike. And, here is the kicker, I have to admit I was incredibly and devastatingly wrong about Mr. Robert Duncan. I have said for years that he was pissed that a woman go t the job he so richly deserved and that he was out for his own province. Wrong, he is out for his own Communion! Why have a diocese when one can have a province and why have a province when one can have a communion.
So, let's get back to arguing about the Anglican Covenant so that we do not have to worry about this. If we do not feel stupid yet, just wait a little bit longer, it will become clearer in just a few months.
Archbishop Rowan Williams, I will ask you a question someone once asked me, "Got your resume up to date?"