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March 14 2020 By virtueonline Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged!

The Rightness of God's Judgment of Mankind

In Romans chapter 1, Paul lays out a case for the rightness of God's judgment on the peoples of the earth. He says that we have idolatrous hearts and are prone to worship the creature instead of the Creator. How do we do this?

• we place our hope and/or trust in man and his idols, trying to find our identity and/or purpose in them

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March 11 2020 By virtueonline 'Progressive' Christianity: Even Shallower Than the Evangelical Faith I Left

How My Faith Crumbled

The Christian tradition I grew up in--for all the wonderful things it gave me--was not prepared for a generation of kids with access to high-speed internet. Not that the critiques of the Bible we discovered online were new, but they were now at the fingertips of curious folks who grew up in evangelical bubbles. Like me. The answers given in church seemed shallow compared to the legitimate critiques that were a Google search or YouTube video away.

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February 10 2020 By virtueonline PREDESTINATION: THE BEDROCK OF CLASSIC ANGLICANISM

"Blessed are all thy saints, O God and King, who have travelled over the tempestuous sea of this life and have made the harbor of peace and felicity. Watch over us who are still on dangerous voyage. Frail is our vessel, and the ocean is wide; but as in thy mercy thou hast set our course, so pilot the vessel of our life towards the everlasting shore of peace, and bring us at last to the quiet haven of our heart's desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord." St. Augustine

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February 02 2020 By virtueonline ARCHBISHOPS TO THE CHURCH AND THE COMMUNION: "You May Now Take Down Your Hand!"

We as Archbishops, alongside the bishops of the Church of England, apologise and take responsibility for releasing a statement last week which we acknowledge has jeopardised trust. We are very sorry and recognise the division and hurt this has caused.

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February 01 2020 By virtueonline THE ENGLISH BISHOPS ON MARRIAGE: The Sound of One Hand Clapping

So far, so good, but that's "on the one hand." As they continue, they focus on only one of these purposes, sexual intimacy: "sexual intercourse, as an expression of faithful intimacy, properly belongs within marriage exclusively," according to a 1999 teaching document. In the light of this teaching on sexual intimacy, other sexual relationships "fall short" of God's purposes for human beings (§9).

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January 30 2020 By virtueonline THE BRITISH AND ENGLISH CHURCHES FROM 597 TO THE 8TH CENTURY -- TRACT III

Often, the story is improperly told in the following way. Pope Gregory the Great saw that the British were uncivilized and un-Christianized barbarians, so he sent Augustine of Canterbury to England to convert the pagans there. While a British Church had once existed, it was now very weak and nearly extinguished.

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January 16 2020 By virtueonline Thoughts on the New Anglican Reformation -- Part 7

As sad as this picture is to those who love the Lord Jesus and have been raised to true faith in the Anglican community, it is not the first time the faithful have had to face such a day. The scriptures tell of this repeatedly, both in the time of the Old Covenant and the New. And it is most certainly not the first time that it has happened to the Church in England.

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January 08 2020 By virtueonline Episcopalians Launch Another 'Earth & Altar'

I don't have anything substantial to add to what I wrote then -- although I do now suspect that the existence of two identically named, broadly Anglican, and visually similar sites will lead to some significant confusion. And I have become, I must say, increasingly perplexed by their branding decisions the more I think about it.

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January 06 2020 By virtueonline THOUGHTS ON THE NEW ANGLICAN REFORMATION - PART 2

My early life was shaped by an Anglo Catholic sensibility, and my ministry had been deeply affected by both the Evangelical Resurgence taking place in England in the middle of the Twentieth Century, and the Charismatic Renewal. I was fortunate to be working as a Curate in an English parish that was undergoing significant renewal, but my own prayers were causing me to focus more and more on that portion of the English population that was outside the established church's ministry.

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January 01 2020 By virtueonline THOUGHTS ON THE NEW ANGLICAN REFORMATION - PART 6

When and how the next steps were taken to order that church, we do not know. When did the full ordering of the ministry take place, with deacons, presbyters, and bishops? When did they have the majority of (if not the full) New Testament? When did they first build purpose made buildings for worship? When were they first made aware of the wider Christian world, and their calling to be in unity with all true followers of Jesus?

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