Naturally, I am keeping an eye on the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury; firstly to see if he might be a Christian.
So far, things do not look promising.
On his Christmas day sermon at Durham Cathedral, Justin Welby gave an extended metaphorical treatment of God's love that is either anti-Christian, or simply crazed:
Bishop of Durham - Christmas Sermon - Durham Cathedral 2012
"The Triumph of Love" Bold emphasis added by me, my comments in [italics in square brackets].
This is the triumph of love that challenges all our triumphs of votes
and politics, of energy and manoeuvring, of Commissions and
conferences. This is the triumph of God’s wisdom in the face of our
despondent hopelessness or cheap victories. This is the true triumph, of
utter vulnerability that in weakness overthrows every apparent
And those truths make this such good news for a church struggling,
amidst a world in need of a church triumphant. The work of God is not
done through strength and efficiency, but through those who having seen
the baby, leak out the love that they receive.
It is very easy to be despondent about the church [it is dishonest not to be despondent, unless 'the church' is seen as purely a bureaucracy.]
Some speak of
division and even of betrayal [They do indeed, because there is division, and there has been betrayal - of conservatives.]
The processes we go through are
agonisingly wounding for many. [By 'agonisingly wounding', he refers to the fact that priestesses are upset about hearing challenges to their unscriptural and anti-traditional ministerial and priestly status, and - especially - about damage to their career prospects; since their access to Bishop's jobs has been delayed.]
There are profound differences of opinion
about the nature of Christian truth and its place in society, about the
right of an ancient tradition to dictate or even to advocate ethical
values around the end of life, around marriage, around the nature of
human relationships, inequality [!], our duty to each other...
[No need to read further, since this usage of 'around' is is sufficient evidence of secular Leftist lying.]
[Inserted poem by radical Leftist Bishop.]
The shepherds leaked the love of God into the world through their
obedience to the command to worship the baby, to recognise who He was...
Glorifying God, leaking into the world the love that he leaks into us
through the wounds and breaches and gaps of our own lives, is a
severely practical and down to earth activity.
Christians reach to the jagged edges of our
society, and of the world in general [!]. Food distribution, places for
rough sleepers, debt counselling, credit unions, community mediation,
support for ex-offenders, support for victims of crime, care for the
dying, valuing those who have no economic contribution to make, or are
too weak to argue for their own value. All this is the daily work of the
church , which goes on every day and everywhere.
[In other words, according to its leader, the 'daily work of the church' of England and Anglicans is to function as a sub-branch of the Leftist state bureaucracy.]
We leak out into the
world the love that God leaks into us.
[Repeated for emphasis; just in case we missed the heresy first-time-round.]
God comes to us through the breaches and wounds of our lives because
He comes in utter vulnerability. We are to be those who allow Him to
make us vulnerable, welcome the weakness we have, and who will then be
astonished by the strength with which God changes the world around us.
[If this means anything at all, which is somewhat doubtful, it is that we should personally be weak and submit to the State, observing with grateful astonishment the inexorable strength of historical inevitability in the triumph of secular Leftism as it changes the world around us. Which I further reduce to a covert statement by the Archbishop elect that Satan is winning and our duty is to celebrate the fact. Maybe I go too far in this?; maybe not.]
Here we have a novel theology of Christian love - a love of leaks.
The general tenor of this sermon of love coming through leaks is to fill the hearer with passive, weak, submissive hopelessness; the only apparently-genuine passion is that rhapsodic list of Leftist causes which is described as the daily work of the
church which goes on every day and everywhere.
So, is Justin Welby a Christian?
I'd say not, in fact I'm pretty sure not; either he profoundly misunderstands Christianity - hence all the nonsense about God's love leaking here and there; or else he understands what is Christianity, but chooses to lie-about and subvert it.
Most likely, a mixture of both.
In which case, the Anglican communion is in the hands of a weak, submissive but passively aggressive and spiteful anti-Christian...
Happy New Year!