Skip to comments.The Three R's Key to General Convention 2006
Posted on 06/08/2006 5:27:55 PM PDT by sionnsar
Martyn Minns, rector of Truro, offered a brilliant way to approach GC-2006 at his Rectors Forum on Sunday morning. Its called The Three Rs. What are we looking for at General Convention:
1. We are looking not for regret or remorse, but repentance Repentance means giving it up, turning around, admitting that what General Convention 2003 did was wrong and were not going to do it anymore. To do anything less, as many of the General Convention leadership are promoting, is like one who has stolen a car - one may regret it, may even be remorseful, but one does not keep the car. One does not make a deal to only steal one or two cars a month and thats all. Martyn also used the analogy of the spouse caught in adultery. The spouse may be remorseful, but the spouse cannot then say well, Ill only commit adultery once a while, or Ill wait a while before I commit adultery again. No, the issue is repentance. We regret what we did, it was wrong, and we will not do it anymore. That is repentance.
2. We are looking for reaffirmation of the biblical view best expressed in Lambeth 1.10. This is the statement of the Anglican Communion through the Lambeth Conference, one of the major instruments of unity in our communion. The Episcopal Church should reaffirm Lambeth 1.10.
3. We are looking for rollback. We have all ready gone too far. The presenting issue is human sexuality, but underlying the issue, the foundational issue is the authority of scripture and revelation. We have replaced the scriptures with personal experience and the Holy Spirit with the spirit of the age. This is tearing apart not only the Episcopal Church, but the fabric of the Anglican
Communion. The majority of the Anglican Communion holds firm to the Scriptures. They dont just say it, they live it - and sometimes, they die for it. The Scriptures are the Word of God, no less than that. We dont throw out the bits we dont like or we find uncomfortable or dont conform with this present age. We need to rollback and dig deep to the foundation of our Christian
faith as revealed in the Word and inspired by the Holy Spirit.
So we take to Columbus The Three Rs. The rest is yet to come.
The Rev. Martyn Minns is rector, Truro Episcopal Church, Fairfax, Virginia
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