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Dr. Mark D. Thompson on “The Jesmond Consecration”

May 13, 2017

By now perhaps most have heard about the consecration of the Rev. Jonathan Pryke, whose sermons have been featured on this blog, as a bishop in the north of England.  I cannot say that Bishop Pryke’s consecration is something that anyone would have wanted to see happen in the normal course of things, but it is indeed a course of action that it is hoped will result in the strengthening of orthodox Anglicanism in the United Kingdom.  Dr. Mark D, Thompson describes this quite well on his Theological Theology blog:

On 2 May the Revd Jonathan Pryke, a long serving member of the ministry staff at Jesmond Parish Church, was consecrated as a bishop in the the north of England. It was an entirely valid and legal consecration, though irregular. It was not initiated or sanctioned by the hierarchy of the Church of England. The consecrators were bishops of the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa (REACH-SA). The action was taken independently of bodies such as the AMiE (Anglican Mission in England) and GAFCON. It is regrettable that it has come to this, yet time and again every attempt to bring the Church of England back to the teaching of Scripture has been blocked by bishops, the General Synod, or the committees and organisations of the church. Those out of fellowship with their bishop over a number of doctrinal and ethical issues have had no support or encouragement from the leadership of the church. The so-called ‘provision’ for conscientious dissent has proven to be ineffectual in many cases, since it requires the permission of the local bishop who may well be entirely opposed. The faithful have waited and waited and now some have judged the time has come to act.

I hope and pray that this is indeed a beginning of “re-evangelising Europe.”

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