A new survey shows 60% of people in the Church of England “never” read a Bible. Gavin Ashenden, Author, University Lecturer, and former Chaplain to the Queen, says it’s time for the CofE’s leaders to step up. “What does it say about the Bible, when our Archbishops and bishops reject its teaching on sexuality, by promoting a ‘radical inclusion’ of homosexuality, instead of offering an invitation to repentance, just as all Christians are invited to repent and be re-made? What example does the Church of England set when its hierarchy maintain a steely silence on the destruction of over 8 million children in the womb since the 1967 Act, when the Bible teaches ‘before I formed you in the womb I knew you,’ (Jer 1:5) which shows life as sacred from conception?”
“The cultural and political screws are slowly tightening against those who do read the Bible and keep faith with it in the public space,” Ashenden says. He highlights recent treatment of Jacob Rees-Mogg, who was howled down in a tsunami of hate by the media and progressives, for publicly upholding Biblical standards. “What help can the Church of England give to resist this
censorship, and attract people to the cause of Christ, if nearly two thirds of members never read the Bible? If they don’t read it, you have to presume they don’t believe it either. You have to read the Bible, to know what it teaches before you can believe and live it,” Ashenden says.
“Perhaps 60% of Anglicans feel they can take or leave a book treated so casually by its leaders? A church cannot survive if its people are not formed by the Bible, and conformed to the radical new paradigm of humanity the Spirit in the Bible forges. If bishops and clergy in the CofE demonstrated their knowledge, love and commitment to the Bible and its ethics, by the way they challenge a culture sinking into secularism, then those people who can’t be bothered, might wonder if there is something important about the Bible and take it more seriously. They might then want to go to Church and worship, be taught, and changed. Then society might be less easily lost to Karl Marx, and regained for Jesus Christ,” Ashenden added.
Source: Premier; ashenden.org
Bible Study: 1 Kings 18:30-39
DECEMBER PRAISE God a former Queen’s Chaplain has spoken out so clearly for truth and God’s Word.
PRAY for a turning back to the Bible amongst nominal CofE congregants.