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From “The Wee Flea”: 10 ‘prophecies’ for the Church in 2018

January 7, 2018

The Rev. David Robertson of “The Wee Flea” blog has written an interesting column on 10 ‘prophecies’ for the Church in 2018.  This is what he expects for the Anglican Church:

8. The Anglican Church will continue to splinter.  It’s getting increasingly difficult to see how the Anglican Church can stay together in any meaningful sense. There are some who see the established Anglican Church in the UK as just a property manager and preserver of the nation’s Christian heritage. But as the pressure grows for disestablishment the Church will be tempted to be the ‘spiritual/traditional’ voice for a form of baptized secular humanism – and those within who seek to proclaim the biblical gospel will find themselves increasingly isolated. The formation of a small alternative Episcopal Church in Scotland seems likely, and towards the end of last year there were reports of the large and influential evangelical Anglican St Helen’s Bishopsgate, threatening to break away from the London diocese. Worldwide the split between the global South (the largest and growing part of the Anglican church) and the liberal West (notably the Americans) is likely to widen rather than be healed.

I can’t really disagree with any of what he writes, particularly because the gulf between the Global South churches and the Anglican Churches in the West seems to be getting wider and wider.  If you would like to hear a podcast Rev. Robertson did with Janet Parshall on this topic, you can do so here.

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