You may have missed it with all the toing and froing caused by the General Election by Mr Welby, following the consecration of GAFCONs missionary bishop and the decision the Scottish Epscopical Church to approve gay marriage, has chosen to take the offensive against GAFCON rather than the heresy north of the border.
Mr Welby accused GAFCON of a ‘cross border intervention’ and added that their move would carry no weight in the Church of England. Having read various commentaries I am assured that this accusation is rooted in ecclesiastical practice and therefore since it has no Scriptural authority it is Mr Welbys accusation that holds no weight. If we look to Scripture we see plenty examples of ‘cross border’ interventions, none of which were frowned upon by God.
If we look at the Old Testament then we have plenty of cross-border involvement from the likes of Joseph, David, Daniel and Jonah to name but a few. In the New Testament, our Lord Jesus Christ crossed from Galiee in the north to Judah in the south proclaiming the love of his Father and the coming Kingdom of God. The Acts of the Apostles tells us the story of how the good news of the Gospel was proclaimed literally across the globe not least by the Apostle Paul whose letters, globetrotting and church planting exploits form the spine of the entire canon.
The point is that this entire charge is spurious nonsense based upon not a single comma of God’s Word. In disputes such as these there is no other standard or legitimate point of reference but it is indicative of Mr Welbys desertion of that Word that this does not figure in this charge. He heads his letter with a verse from Ephesians, 4:3.
This is a shameless ripping of Paul out of context – Paul was talking about the unity between Jew and Gentile at this point in his letter and in NO WAY can that be used to argue Paul would have argued for this approach to false teachers. Here is what Paul advised in this regard:
This the saying is true, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in faith.
They claim to know God, but by their actions deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
So, we see the Apostle Paul would NOT endorse Mr Welbys appeal to unity at all. In fact, in Titus, we see Paul taking the opposite position, endorsing the active rebuke of false teachers, which is the position GAFCON have taken. Mr Welby needs to take stock and repent now for he is leading the Church of England off a sheer cliff.