JAEC 2019: The Future Starts Now
Posted by Ros Clarke, 19 Mar 2019
Brochures are now available and bookings are now open for the 2019 Junior Anglican Evangelical Conference, which will be held at Kings Park Conference Centre from 27th-29th August.
The Church of England is always in crisis and now is no exception, so at this year’s conference we will be considering historical and contemporary Anglicanism, as we seek to prepare ourselves to meet the challenges of the future. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is vital for evangelicals in the Church of England to work together to contend for the gospel of Christ.
At this year’s conference we will be exploring what it means to be Anglican and evangelical, with talks from Andrew Towner on “What is Anglicanism and why does it matter?” and “A Brief History of Evangelicals in the C of E” from me. Lee Gatiss will give us an exposition of Titus 1, “The Trustworthy Word”. On the middle day, we welcome John Dunnett of CPAS who will speak on “Preparing for 2020: same sex marriage and the CofE”. John will also be part of our panel discussion on “What is the future for Anglican evangelicals?” later that day, along with Fiona Gibson, Amanda Robbie, Lee Gatiss and Andrew Towner.
Fight Valiantly! No inheritance, no partnership
Posted by Lee Gatiss, 19 Mar 2019
In our continuing series looking at what the New Testament says about false teaching, Lee Gatiss expounds Ephesians 5 on our eternal destiny. Watch the video podcast episode for today on our YouTube channel.
The link between the eternal destiny of false teachers and our present relationship to them is made abundantly clear in Ephesians. Having spoken of how immorality and covetousness is out of place amongst God’s people at the beginning of Ephesians 5, Paul explains why that is, by showing what happens to those who pursue this way of life. He writes:
“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them” (Ephesians 5:5-7).
Paul preached and explained the kingdom of God (e.g. Acts 14:22, 19:8, 20:25, 28:23, 31), and the idea of inheriting God’s kingdom was a common apostolic way of referring to our eternal destination or reward as believers (James 2:5; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 15:40; Galatians 5:21; cf. receiving a kingdom, Hebrews 12:25). To say that someone would not inherit the kingdom of Christ and of God is therefore the most serious thing Paul could say about them.
Fight Valiantly! Paul’s Anathemas
Posted by Lee Gatiss, 18 Mar 2019
As we continue to work through what the New Testament says about fighting heresy, Lee Gatiss looks today at Paul’s anathemas against false gospels. Watch the video podcast for today on our YouTube channel.
Paul uses a striking image of cutting people off from fellowship in Galatians 1:8-9. He says:
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”
There is a givenness to the gospel message which means it cannot be revoked or supplemented or enhanced or transformed by additional teaching insights, even from angels. If anyone tries to do this, they are under a curse, says Paul.
This curse, or anathema, is a curse from God which puts someone outside of God’s sphere of blessing. Paul is invoking a curse from God, or asking God to curse someone, rather than telling the Galatians what to do with the person who is preaching contrary to the gospel. He is not directly saying they should be separated from the church, as such. However, the implication is that if they are outside God’s blessing, they are outside the church, since their gospel will not lead to glory but to perdition.