I’m still disturbed by what I read yesterday regarding the ACC and the statement that participation in the Instruments of communion and affirming the covenant are not tied to one another. As I’ve been surfing the blogosphere and reading my usual sites, I noticed a phrase that I think is particularly timely. (HT: Creedal Christian)
there are limits to the comprehensiveness of Anglicanism. Anglicanism is not an “anything goes” tradition. There are boundaries to the faith, boundaries aptly and succinctly summarized in the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral’s affirmation of four essentials for the fullness of the Church:
- The sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as containing all things necessary to salvation and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
- The Apostles’ Creed as the Baptismal Symbol and the Nicene Creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
- The two Dominical Sacraments – Baptism and Eucharist – ministered with unfailing use of Christ’s words of Institution, and of the elements ordained by him.
- The Historic Episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the Unity of His Church.
Anglicanism is not an “anything goes” tradition. We would do well to remember this…