As you know I put up a blog on Monday outlining why I am not an Anglican and I have had a lot of responses to this blog and from these responses I am realising that I have clarify a few things.
1. I love my Anglican brothers and sister in Christ. I love the fact that I grew up in an Anglican church under great evangelical expository preaching. I love that I went to Moore College and I love it that my wife has the privilege of going to Moore College! I think that reformed evangelicals from all different denominations preach the gospel and my post was not in any way saying that Evangelical Anglicans in Sydney, Armidale, North West Australia or anywhere else don’t preach the gospel. In fact I know they do and I praise God for this!
2. I didn’t realise the Synod for the Sydney diocese started the same day I put the blog up. I generally don’t read other peoples blogs and so I thought that synod was starting in a few weeks not on Monday. I totally understand that to some people my blog looked like an attack on the Sydney Anglicanism in the week of Synod. That wasn’t my intention at all and if had realised that Synod was happening this week I wouldn’t have posted my blog.
3. I had written this blog about 6 months ago and I have been sitting on it since. I write my blogs in response to what I am reading or thinking or sometimes what questions I get asked as a church planter. I have been asked many times about why I am not an Anglican and so I wrote the blog but wanted to sit on it for a while for two reasons. One to see if I agreed with it in six months time and two to see if people were still asking me why I am not an Anglican. I still agree with the reasons and I still get asked that question and so that is why I posted the blog.
4. Some of my heroes are Anglican. I love to read JC Ryle, Ridley, Cramner, Packer, Stott, Bauckham, Owen, Morris. Who are or were Anglicans. I have been blessed by so many Anglican preachers. When I was younger and podcasting wasn’t available I listened to tapes of preachers that I loved and all of them were Sydney Anglicans! I owe a great debt to these men who shaped me to love the scriptures and Jesus more because of their preaching and also to love expository preaching!
5. I am really sorry that my blog hurt some people and made other people’s lives difficult, that was never my intention. I understand people were upset by my blog and if my words were rash and insensitive I sincerely apologise. I also realise that my name is linked with some other Christian organisations and these organisations have been copping some heat. I apologise to these brothers in Christ and I need to say that my views on my blog are my views and no one else is responsible for these views other than me.
6. I pray for the Anglican Church and all denominations and theological colleges regularly. I want to see every church in Sydney preaching the gospel and being overrun with new people coming to Jesus. I don’t really care if the churches that are experiencing revival are Anglican, Baptist, charismatic, independent or whatever. I just want the gospel to be preached and people to come to know Jesus.
7. I believe my Anglican brothers and sisters and I are united in the gospel. Part of what this unity gives us is to be free to disagree about non essentials. To be open and say that you disagree on baptism or ecclesiology or whatever. Being strong and united in the gospel allows us to eyeball each other in love and say “I totally disagree with you on this point but I love you and I know you preach the gospel.” I am not sure Aussies are really comfortable with this kind of blunt, open and loving discussion. Or maybe this kind of discussion is a reflection of my personality. Either way the blog was written because I believe I have unity in the gospel with my Anglican brothers and sisters it wasn’t written to create disunity.
I hope I am clear that I love my Anglican brothers and sister in Christ and that I really didn’t intend any harm to come of my blog.