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TRURO, VA: Truro Anglican Church Announces Property Reconciliation with TEC Diocese of Virginia

TRURO, VA: Truro Anglican Church Announces Property Reconciliation with TEC Diocese of Virginia
ACNA Archbishop & Diocese of Mid-Atlantic Bishop say Reconciliation not based on Scripture
"Episcopal Diocese has not been reconciled with the revealed Word of God"
"TEC leadership continues to promote teaching and practice that is contrary to Scripture"
No dealings possible with false teachers, says Archbishop Foley Beach

By David W. Virtue, DD
www.virtueonline.org
April 25, 2017

Truro Anglican Church has agreed to a long-term lease from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia based on a Peace and Reconciliation initiative that will allow the congregation to stay on its property for 20, even 50 years, with the full support of the Archbishop of Canterbury and representatives of Coventry Cathedral.

However, ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach blasted the idea, saying that the TEC diocese was not an "appropriate partner" for such a project because their leadership continues to promote teaching and practices contrary to Scripture --teaching that, if followed, would keep people from an eternal inheritance in the Kingdom of God.

Beach said the teaching by TEC has torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion, and such teaching remains a scandal in the Anglican Communion to this day. "Until there is repentance by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, there can be no true Gospel partnership with them."

Mid-Atlantic Anglican bishop, John Guernsey, echoed similar sentiments, and in a letter to the clergy and wardens of his diocese said, The Episcopal Church promotes "false teaching" and therefore the parish should "not enter into a joint ministry with the Episcopal Diocese."

"The issues that divide us are of first importance and to partner with the Episcopal Church is to give the mistaken impression that these concerns are merely secondary. If I thought that the issues that divide us were secondary, I would never have left the Episcopal Church," he said.

Guernsey said the Truro leadership has chosen to proceed in joint ministry with the Episcopal Diocese in spite of my opposition. "I am deeply grieved by this, and I hope Truro will reconsider."

The "Truro Institute: A School of Peace and Reconciliation" can be viewed here http://truroanglican.com/media/publications/the-truro-institute-a-school-of-peace-and-reconciliation/ . Its Fairfax City church and campus will have equal representation on its board from Truro and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, as well as representatives of Coventry Cathedral and the Archbishop of Canterbury. The lease is said to run for 20, even 50 years.

The ACNA archbishop said that while he welcomed the idea of a School of Peace and Reconciliation with the opening of centers around the Anglican Church in North America, he welcomed it only if it promoted Biblical reconciliation. "Unfortunately, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has not been reconciled with the revealed Word of God, and is therefore not an appropriate partner for such a project. Their leadership continues to promote teaching and practice that is contrary to Scripture." Beach praised the godly counsel, patience, and goodness of Bishop Guernsey and expressed disappointment that they have not just been ignored, "but defied our counsel."

"In doing so they have entered into a legal relationship with the Episcopal Church that makes them unequally yoked. It requires the permission of the Episcopal bishop for me to visit, and it creates an Episcopal Diocese of Virginia center of ministry with a required on-campus presence of one of their bishops. The decision to partner with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in this way is not in harmony with the Bible's instruction in dealing with false teachers, and it denigrates the costly sacrifice of the many congregations who had their buildings and assets taken by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia."

Beach said it was ironic to begin a "Peace and Reconciliation" center when you are not at peace with your own bishop and archbishop. "Truro has been a leader in the renewal of North American Anglicanism, giving a robust defense of the Gospel, and refusing to peddle any counterfeit. It is my hope that they will uphold that heritage, resist counterfeit versions of "reconciliation," and fulfill their calling among the leading congregations of the Anglican Church in North America."

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