First, lets get something clear, the Church (and not just the Church of England) preaches reconciliation with the world but this, like many things, completely contradicts Scripture. It actually contradicts direct and clear edicts issued in Scripture:
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15
The first and profound reason for this is that the world is God’s creation, yes, but it is not under his direct governance. In fact, Lucifer runs this world. In Scripture, Lucifer is called the ‘prince of this world‘ , ‘god of this world’, and finally, explicitly, ‘ruler of this world‘. It literally could not be any clearer yet this is a basic truth that the Church seeks to obscure to hide its own connivance with God’s enemy. This is the core reason Christians, disciples of Jesus and worshippers of his Holy Father cannot love this world or the things in it because to do so is to love something tainted, something profane and touched by and a part of evil. So, we can see that the Christian rejection of this world is not founded on ‘awkwardness’ or a desire to be different but the actuality of difference -as children of God we are not a part of a world run by the devil, how could we possibly be, how, indeed could light be yoked with darkness?
We are disciples of light in a world shrouded in darkness and controlled by darkness. If you have ever seen a popular film called The Matrix then the discerning Christian can see the grain of truth in the plotline. Our world is however not run by machines but by the Prince of Darkness, the lair and murderer condemned throughout Scripture and the one whose forked tongue conceals deep and bitter hatred for humanity – made as we are in the image of our Lord.
Sadly, until they are set free, the people around us are, as they are in the film, part of the system of control and coercion aimed squarely at heaven, God and us and so ultimately, as it commits shameless adultery with the world, so is the established Church. It is this harlotry that leads to the heresy we see in our Synods, to the constant demand we adapt and follow society and directly contradict the Apostle Paul’s injunction that we allow ourselves to be shaped and formed by the world. Being shaped and formed by this world means being shaped and formed by Satan. That is the long and short of it. The faithful in our Churches, they do exist and it is as a prison to them, need to realise this and make the choice between who they really want to follow and worship.