Anglicans Back New Confession

Anglican and Episcopal leaders have signed A Reforming Catholic Confession, which launched online Sept. 12. The confession launched with 250 initial supporters, including 15 Anglican leaders:

  • The Rev. Michael Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
  • Douglas Groothuis, professor of apologetics and ethics, Denver Seminary
  • Wesley Hill, assistant professor of biblical studies, Trinity School for Ministry
  • The Rt. Rev. Paul Kibirech Korir, Bishop of Kapsabet, Kenya
  • The Most Rev. Benjamin A. Kwashi, archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Jos, Nigeria
  • The Rev. Gerald McDermott, Anglican chair of divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham
  • The Very Rev. Andrew Pearson Jr., dean, Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham
  • The Rev. Ephraim Radner, professor of historical theology, Wycliffe College, Toronto
  • The Rev. Joel Scandrett, director, Robert E. Webber Center for an Ancient Evangelical Future, Trinity School for Ministry
  • The Rev. John Senyonyi, vice chancellor, Uganda Christian University
  • The Rev. Jacob Andrew Smith, rector, Calvary-St. George’s, New York City
  • The Rt. Rev. George Sumner, Bishop of Dallas
  • John Stonestreet, president, Colson Center for Christian Worldview
  • The Rev. Tish Harrison Warren, co-associate rector, Church of the Ascension (ACNA), Pittsburgh
  • The Rev. John W. Yates III, rector, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Raleigh, North Carolina

The confession affirms doctrines about God the Trinity, Holy Scripture, human beings and their fallenness, the person and work of Jesus Christ, the gospel, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, holy living, and last things.

“[T]he one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church is God’s new society, the first fruit of the new creation, the whole company of the redeemed through the ages, of which Christ is Lord and head,” the confession says. “The truth that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, is the church’s firm foundation (Matt. 16:16-18; 1 Cor. 3:11). The local church is both embassy and parable of the kingdom of heaven, an earthly place where his will is done and he is now present, existing visibly everywhere two or three gather in his name to proclaim and spread the gospel in word and works of love, and by obeying the Lord’s command to baptize disciples (Matt. 28:19) and celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19).”


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