Thursday, 3 January 2013

On Cranmer's cognitive dissonance

In this post, blogger "Cranmer" pays tribute to Rowan Williams' leadership of the Anglican communion. In his very next post, explains that "One must begin with the gospel; the all-sufficiency of Christ's mercy for salvation", going on to expound the truth of justification by faith alone, then lamenting that "it's a message that's been somewhat missing from the Church of England over the past decade."

Well, quite.

Even in 2013, you still can't have your cake and eat it. Either Christ is all, or Christianity is false. No Christian service is rendered to anyone by equivocating here. The very raison d'etre for "Christian leaders" is to hold up Christ so that all may know about who he is, what he has done, and what he now demands of humanity. Their purpose is to sound out a clear word about the glory of God's Son, and thus be either the savour of life bringing life, or the stench of death bringing death, depending on the heart of the hearer. Otherwise, they are (at best) just empty noises, however astute their reading of the political winds and ability to trim their sails accordingly may have been.

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