My Brothers & Sisters:
As someone who has already answered this question for myself, I already know what my answer is, but I need to ask my brothers & sisters, esp. those who are hesitant about the Pope’s offer, and important question:
[size=4]Did Our Lord God and Saviour give us a BOOK, or did He give us a CHURCH, which is “the Pillar and Bulwark of Truth”? [size=3]
I say this because of this article, Roman Theology of Saints attacked by Sidney Bishop[/size], which appeared in VirtueOnline which seems to be advocating AGAINST UNITY with Rome. (Also see article here in Clerical Whispers) and, Because of these:
[/size]Solemn Declaration & Constitution of the Anglican Church in America
Article VIII - Of Ministers
No persons shall be ordained and consecrated Bishop, or ordered Priest or Deacon to minister in this Church, unless at the time, in the presence of the ordaining Bishop or Bishops, he shall subscribe and make the following declaration: :shrug:
"I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation; and I do solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Anglican Church in America."
THE ARTICLES OF RELIGION
VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation
Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor can be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt. :sad_yes:
(Here follows standard Protestant Old Testament list)
1928 Book of Common Prayer, Page 603
XIX. Of the Church.
As the Church of Jerusalem, Alexandria and Antioch have erred, so also the Church of Rome hath erred, not only in their living and manner of Ceremonies, but also in matters of Faith. :banghead:
1928 Book of Common Prayer, Page 606
Now, you know why MOST of the copies of the BCP 1928 at St. Mary’s had those blasted 39 Articles torn out, and why we use soft-cover "Missalette"s which we supplement with a bulletin with the readings & minor propers for most of our Masses. :hammering:
However, old myths die hard, and there are still a few of my Anglican Catholic brothers & sisters who believe this garbage in one form or the other. I had one brother, who is actually quite intelligent, telling me that something Rome does (Priestly celibacy) isn’t Biblical. At the same time, I had a priest who was telling us about all of his fears about the Apostolic Constitution.
My usual co-conspirator and I had to withdraw - The combination of fear on one side and the Protestant Worldview on the other was just too much.
Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists & other Protestants with a “Sacramental Tradition” - I want you to answer this for yourselves so you understand why you are/aren’t going to Rome. I want you to be able to say “Why” and not just have a bunch of, “I hate/don’t trust/misunderstand Rome.”
Catholics - Biblical, Apostolic & Post-Apostolic arguments why God gave us a Church, which is “The Pillar and Bulwark of Truth”.
Both - They will know we are Christians by our love for each other.
[FONT=Trebuchet MS]Your Brother & Servant in Christ, Michael