I have written previously that we need to reclaim the mantle of the faithful. We must do this not for ourselves but in the name of the Lord, our God. There is something else we must reclaim hope, to speak against Canterbury in the name of love for Him, His Word, His Law and His people:
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Without hope there is no faith that is worthy of the name. It is our faith that gives us hope in the certain knowledge that God stands with us. Canterbury has no hope, it’s message of inclusion conceals counsel of the deepest despair and misery. If it is really true that no one can change what they desire then not only is the transformative and sovereign power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus and God denied but humans are reduced to the level of animals, unable to control themselves, unable to better themselves, a murderer will always kill, a thief will always steal, a rapist will always rape, the list of misery goes on and on.
Walking away from the Church of England now is a counsel of similar despair. People rightly have talked about ‘war’ with Canterbury and that is right. However, it is a war which we can fight but not win. It is a war that God will win but only when his faithful people fight for Him. He is on our side and at our back but in walking away we express a lack of faith that this is the case. The Church, to be a fitting bride of Christ must be remade, cleaned out of all the dross so that once again it can be a beacon of light, of hope to a world drowning in darkness, it will not become so if we recklessly abandon our faith in Him and look to ourselves for the solutions.