C of E — Church of Everybody?

The question is looked at by Fr Dwight Longenecker:

One of the jokes when I was a member of the Church of England was that “C of E” stood for: “Church of Everybody”. It was an ambiguous joke–on the one hand poking the C of E for being such a rubbery kind of institution that it stood for nothing and therefore fell for anything…

The jam in which the C of E finds itself calls into question the whole notion of a “Church of Everybody”. Certainly such an ideal was noble and good when virtually the whole population were baptized believers at least in some sense. Now, in a multicultural and increasingly atheistic and secular society the Church of England should adopt another model. Like the Catholic church, the Church of England will be seen as a small band of Christian believers–out of step with the secular society and even persecuted by the secular society. If this is the way things develop it might be the best thing that ever happened to the C of E…

Read it all  here.

 

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About Fr Stephen Smuts
TAC Priest in South Africa.

4 Responses to C of E — Church of Everybody?

  1. Teresa Rice says:

    Could also be called the Church of what’s happening now.

  2. Ioannes says:

    A Church that is not only in the world and -of- the world cannot have the same characteristic as Jesus Christ, who is both fully human and both fully divine; It is neither One, nor Holy, nor Catholic, nor Apostolic; the CoE is a human institution created by the traitorous King Henry. When we demand that the Church to be of our age, to demand that it walks with the “spirit of the times” we are essentially demanding that it become -secular- and not eternal; We would bring down God so that God is no longer God, but another idol, a false god that we can manipulate for our own will.

  3. Albert Nygren says:

    I like what Ioannes says. In Romans 12:1,2 St. Paul says, “I beseech you therefor brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as living sacrifices,holy and pleasing to God, which is your Spiritual act of worship and do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you can test and approve what God’s will is; His good, perfect, and pleasing will.” Jesus said we are, “to be in the world but not of it.” We are not supposed to be, “with the spirit of the times” We are to be with the Holy Spirit who informs us of timeless truth not the latest fad. God’s view of morals does not change, what was immoral 2000 years ago is immoral today.

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