The former Primate of the Southern Cone, the Most Rev. Gregory Venables says the Anglican Communion is under the judgment and wrath of God with a significant group of Primates suppressing the truth.
Venables, who is now the Bishop of Argentina and Northern Argentina since stepping down as archbishop, stated the vast majority of Anglican leaders want to get on with preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ with a message of hope, love and forgiveness.
Addressing the crisis in the Anglican Communion on Anglican-TV, the English-born and educated bishop opined that the Anglican Communion has hit a problem because there is a significant group dominating the public life of the church and suppressing the truth St. Paul talks about in Roman's Ch. 1. "The reason we feel its urgency is because it is clearer than ever that we are under the wrath of God."
Venables cited the late Archbishop Michael Ramsey who said that there was one place we could all engage with God on the world situation, which is under His judgment. "It was a shocking thing to say at that time. In the West, we have turned our back on God and it is now where we see His judgment."
"We are under the wrath of God and and we need to preach the gospel into that situation. People have chosen to go down the path of human wisdom where they seek self satisfaction. They delight in wickedness, in things that God has forbidden. We have become darkened in our thinking...this is the whole situation in the Anglican Communion. It is what we have been grappling with over the past 15 years and many primates have become darkened and confused. We found ourselves talking from completely different perspectives."
Venables commented that the Anglican Communion is under God's judgment. "We have suppressed the truth and we are all guilty but the gospel has to be preached. We [the Anglican Communion] cannot go on as though nothing has happened."
Addressing the recent Dublin meeting where a third of the worlds' Primates were absent, Venables stated that the orthodox primates didn't want to go because of a lack of trust and because the communion is not going anywhere.
"A small group of primates are pressing a false gospel. The sad thing is that for years we have been trying to get it right. In Dublin the crisis was put to one side, the urgency had gone. The primates just sat and talked. But when the house is on fire you do something about it."
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