As the Church of England’s Synod peters out it is worth reflecting on the full implications of what has unfolded. No respect for Scripture or the Law guides the Church. Where there is no Law there must be Lawlessness which is ultimately defined as rebellion against God but also manifests as a deeper rooted societal breakdown.
“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit”
Sounds pretty familiar right? Governmental authority is crumbling, trust in established institutions such as the media is fraying at the edges. Western civilisation is crumbling it is rotten to the core. In the letter to Timothy we see another picture which is familiar:
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
2 Timothy 3:3
As we have seen the counterbalancing forces of righteousness are weak and ailing. This is going to test our faith, indeed, Matthew tells us what comes next;
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
It falls to the faithful to keep the flame flickering, as we have just seen this is not something that we can entrust to the Church.