Orthodox Christians within the Episcopal tradition in the United States must surely be heartened by the defense of the Gospel that Fort Worth Bishop Jack Leo Iker is leveling in a statement on his Web site where he advocates his diocese vote to "realign", essentially seceding from the Episcopal Church USA and submitting itself to the ecclesial authority of the more biblically faithful jurisdiction of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.
Iker lays out ten reasons for doing so, and some of it sounds like inside baseball to me as a Reformed charismatic evangelical. But the last and most important reason he lists got a very, very hearty Amen from me (emphasis mine):
Most importantly, this decision is about the truth of the Gospel and upholding the authority of the Holy Scriptures. We believe in God’s full self-revelation in Jesus Christ, not in the speculation of humanist unitarians who have been elected to high offices in our church. Many leaders of TEC [The Episcopal Church] are teaching a false Gospel and leading people astray. Now is the time for us to take a bold, public stand for the biblical faith and practice of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.My prayers are with Bishop Iker and my brothers and sisters in his Fort Worth diocese who are committed to the preaching of sound doctrine, evangelizing the lost for the kingdom of God. We might have differences on secondary issues of doctrine, but we share a love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the preaching of which alone has the power of God unto salvation.
May God grant wisdom, peace, and grace to Bishop Iker and his flock as they seek to herald the Gospel in spite of the ear-itching spirit of the age which has seized the ECUSA.
Soli Deo Gloria!