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A Decent Churchman Speaks
Melanie Phillips' Diary ^ | 6/29/2005 | Melanie Phillips

Posted on 06/29/2005 1:53:05 PM PDT by sionnsar

Canon Andrew White, until recently Director of the Peace Centre at Coventry Cathedral, is the Church of England's principal peace-maker in the Middle East. He probably knows more about that troubled region than any other churchman alive, he has unrivalled contacts on all sides and he was the first (and so far, only) prominent churchman to sound the alarm about the revival of replacement theology (see posts below) and the resurgence of anti-Jewish hatred within the church. Here is his response to the Anglican Consultative Council debacle:

'It is not very often that I pay heed to newspaper editorials, but last Thursday's Daily Telegraph editorial summed up perfectly the Anglican Peace and Justice network's recommendation to the ACC to encourage that provinces disinvest from Israel. The Telegraph editorial summed it up with the words "Sanctimonious Claptrap" and that is exactly what it was. Never has this group even paid attention to the fact that the former Archbishop of Canterbury was the very person who commenced the religious track of the peace process -- a process that is still functioning. A few weeks ago Lord Carey himself launched three new centres in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel.

'These centres are not slinging negative slogans at each other but are working hard at trying to find a lasting peace with justice. They are taking seriously the new opportunities that arise with Israel's disengagement from Gaza and part of the West Bank in a matter of days. It is these Israelis and Palestinians that we should support. Those who are taking real risks for peace.

'I spend much of my life in Israel and Palestine. Every month I sit with those committed to working for peace on both sides of the divide. I know the pain and hurt of both communities. I know it is not possible to undermine [sic] the pain and suffering of the Palestinians and know too the pain and fear living under the threat of terrorism that the Israelis have experienced.

'Making peace is hard work. It is not for the faint-hearted and it always requires working with both sides. If this group is really about peace why did they not even bother to go and see anybody from the Israeli Government? Or are they like so many other so called peace groups who only talk to those they like? That such a group should function in the name of the Anglican Church is a tragedy and that the ACC should pass this resolution is an even greater tragedy. As far as the Government of Israel is concerned the work that Lord Carey courageously began happens in the name of the Anglican Church. All that has been happening since the signing of the first
Alexandria Declaration for Peace in the Holy Land is now at risk.

'Making peace is not quick or easy work. The Israeli Palestinian conflict has been going on for years. Despite the difficulties in the progress toward peace at long last things are moving in the right directions. If the leader of the Palestinian Authority Abu Mazin was prepared to sit down last week with Ariel Sharon, why was this group not prepared to meet with the Government of Israel? All too often delegations come out for a few days and write definitive reports. I have spent years in the land and even now do not understand many of its complexities.

'This is not a prophetic action but the corporate action of a group of people who are too scared to take seriously the challenge to be true peace makers. This action will be seen as being not only anti Zionist but also anti-Semitic and I know for certain I will never be party to such action.'

At least here is one senior cleric with the moral courage and decency to confront the evil that has arisen within Anglicanism.

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant

1 posted on 06/29/2005 1:53:06 PM PDT by sionnsar
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2 posted on 06/29/2005 1:54:46 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† || Iran Azadi || <Airbus A380)^: The BIG PIG)
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To: sionnsar
A good man. I am suspecting that it is Anglican leadership poking their noses where it doesn’t belong. If my Church organization ever dared make such a statement I would leave the congregation over it. I want nothing to do with a Church that puts us under God’s curse for cursing the Jew.

Indeed there are Palestinians who want to live in peace with the Jews. The problem is that they are regarded as collaborators by Hamas and therefore legitimate targets. This is why peace is impossible.
3 posted on 06/29/2005 3:00:33 PM PDT by Lord Nelson (Zionist and proud of it)
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To: sionnsar; topcat54; Dr. Eckleburg
prominent churchman to sound the alarm about the revival of replacement theology

We prefer the term 'covenant theology,' or better yet, the name of our eschatological beliefs--amillenialism or postmillenialism (depending on which we hold to).

topcat, Dr. E: Apparently, according to the Anglican cleric cited in the article, postmillenialism is something about which to be "alarmed."

4 posted on 06/29/2005 3:14:14 PM PDT by The Grammarian (Postmillenialist Methodist)
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To: The Grammarian; Dr. Eckleburg
he was the first (and so far, only) prominent churchman to sound the alarm about the revival of replacement theology (see posts below)

Obviously he's no student of Christian history and the ancient theology of the Church, which has alway been supersessionist.

5 posted on 06/29/2005 4:54:15 PM PDT by topcat54
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To: The Grammarian; topcat54; sionnsar
If one does not believe that Christ will accomplish all that God has tasked Him with, it then becomes much easier not to work to convert all nations to Christ, not to work to revitalize the earth into a garden, and not to be encouraged by the glorious assurance of Scripture, "according to the purpose of him who worketh all-things after the counsel of his own will" (Ephesians 1:2).

"He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law." (Isaiah 42:4)

"This does not mean that there will ever be a time on this earth when every person will be a Christian, or that all sin will be abolished. But it does mean that evil in all its many forms eventually will be reduced to negligible proportions, that Christian principles will be the rule, not the exception, and that Christ will return to a Christianized world." -- Loraine Boettner.

"Postmillennialism is essentially optimism for the present age. This confident attitude in the power of Christ's kingdom, the power of the gospel, the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit, the power of prayer, and the progress of the great commission, sets postmillennialism apart from the essential pessimism of amillennialism and premillennialism." -- Dr. Greg Bahnsen

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." -- Isaiah 55:11

"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." -- Romans 14:11

"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth." -- Philippians 2:10

6 posted on 06/29/2005 5:38:17 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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