Graham Kings on Fulcrum has posted a BBC interview of +Tom Wright. One of the points +Tom makes is that if leadership in the Communion is going to be validated by the proposed Primates Council on the basis of adherence to the Jerusalem Declaration (published within the GAFCON Final Statement) then he is not going to have a bar of it, and many evangelical English bishops are troubled by this proposal. So am I.
Pertinent statements in the Jerusalem Declaration are:
"In light of the above, we agree to chart a way forward together that promotes and protects the biblical gospel and mission to the world, solemnly declaring the following tenets of orthodoxy which underpin our Anglican identity."
"2. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God written and to contain all things necessary for salvation. The Bible is to be translated, read, preached, taught and obeyed in its plain and canonical sense, respectful of the church’s historic and consensual reading."
"We recognise the orders and jurisdiction of those Anglicans who uphold orthodox faith and practice, and we encourage them to join us in this declaration."
"We reject the authority of those churches and leaders who have denied the orthodox faith in word or deed. We pray for them and call on them to repent and return to the Lord."
The JD thus means that if I or you or +Tom Wright have a different understanding of the interpretation of Scripture than the one given above, which I noted in a previous post does not even mention the crucial word 'interpretation', WE ARE OUT!
The JD also means that if I or you or +Tom Wright think that there is more to orders and jurisdiction than 'upholding orthodoxy' (such as historical continuity with historic Anglicanism and just and true authority related to properly conducted Synods and General Synods), WE ARE OUT.
The JD means that if I or you or +Tom Wright think that X, Y, and Z are 'orthodox' by classical Anglican standards, though they fail the JD, it don't matter: THEY ARE OUT.
I would like to think that the JD is more of a guideline than an immutable standard of orthodoxy!
PS: Blogging holiday this weekend