Posted by: stpowen | November 9, 2012

Archbishop Justin Welby- The One Thing Necessary

Martin Marprelate, as a Dissenter, and as his name suggests, is not too keen on Anglicanism.  Nor does he find any reference to archbishops in the Bible.  Nor indeed does he find any hierarchy in the Church of Christ (Matt 23:8-10), and he regards career paths and promotions as an intrusion of the world into the Church.

However, Martin realises that the position of Archbishop of Canterbury has a huge significance for the country.  The average Englishman today knows next to nothing of Christianity and very often the only pronouncements on that subject that he hears will be on the television or in the newspapers.  It is a well-known fact that the media, and especially the B.B.C., hates evangelical Christianity and therefore gives precious little air-time to its spokesmen, especially to those from the Free Churches.   So what our average Englishman hears will be the voice of some senior Bishop, and most frequently, the Archbishop himself, not because he necessarily has anything wise or beneficial to say, but simply by virtue of his office:  he is too important to ignore. 

Also, the Church of England is by far the most visible expression of Christianity in the country.  There is an Anglican church building in every village and if Mr and Mrs Average go to a church wedding or funeral, it is very likely to be under the auspices of the C. of E.  Martin does not say this is a good thing- far from it! But it is nonetheless the case and it makes the job of leading the Church a very important one.

So there are several things that Martin wishes that Mr. Welby would do as he takes on the job of Archbishop:

He wishes that he would put a stop to all this nonsense about women bishops, but that isn’t going to happen.

He hopes that Mr. Welby will oppose firmly the proposed change in the laws on marriage.  Here he is a little more hopeful.

He hopes that he will encourage the many fine evangelical Anglican chuches and their ministers throughout the country, at the very least by not forcing liberal unbelieving  bishops upon them.

He desires that he will join with the evangelical Bishops in the Third World in promoting true Biblical Christianity and opposing the vile apostasy of the Episcopal Church in America.  Despite his non-conformist views, Martin would sooner see evangelical Anglicanism spreading across the globe than liberalism or the so-called ‘Prosperity Gospel.’

All these things Martin certainly hopes for, but there is one thing above all for which he prays.  It is that Mr. Welby actually knows what the Gospel is, and will proclaim it at every opportunity.  If Archdruid Williams knew what it was, he kept jolly quiet about it.  In God’s Name, Mr. Welby, preach the word, on the Television, in your newspaper aticles, in the great cathedrals of our land, wherever and whenever you have the opportunity, preach the Gospel!  Tell sinners the Bad News!  That God is outraged by their sins, and that they cannot make themselves right with Him by the things they do, but then tell them the Good News; that He has provided a way for men and women to be saved through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  ‘This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners’ (1 Tim. 1:15).  Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel, though undoubtedly the very mention of it will bring the wrath of the intellectuals and the media upon your head (1 Cor. 1:27; 2:6-8).  By virtue of your office you will  have a unique opportunity to present the Gospel to people who will never hear it otherwise and who are perishing in their sins. ‘Who knows if you have come to the kingdom for such a time of this?’ (Esther 4:14).

If you will do this one thing necessary, though you will never make an Anglican out of Martin, you will have his prayers and his gratitude along with that of all true Christians.  But if you will not, if you carry on with the same meaningless platitudes that Archbishops have spouted year after year, know that you will answer to God for it.  ‘My brethren, Let not many of you become teachers knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement’  (James 3:1).

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Responses

  1. Good luck with this brother….. In the states we have our own problems.

    1) Roman Catholics are the largest church & continuing to grow.

    2) Pentecostalists & other “Wing Nut” religions (JW, Mormons, Apostate Liberal Churches etc) are also growing

    3) Southern Baptists still largely Arminian.

    Thankfully the Episcopal Church is almost dead.

    Lastly we have just given Barack Obama another 4 years to push his Socialistic agenda.

    Lifes tough everywhere.

    Blessings to you & your efforts.
    Steve Davis


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