What, indeed, is ‘Anglicanism’? Though I know very well what it really is, I have been asked for a brief outline on the subject. At its most basic, Anglicanism is a title given to the Church of England and any churches allied to it.
Anglicanism grew out of the churches that grouped under the pope in the sixth century, after being separate churches before that time: in essence, this made them ‘Roman’. The Roman Catholic church did not really exist until about the third century, when churches in the known world decided it was apostate, casting it out from their midst. So, any influences from Rome came between about 300-700 AD, but in increasing strength. The sixth century was decisive because of different opinions on the actual date of Easter.
So, up until the sixth century Britain was independent and partly Celtic in its faith and practices. Sadly, from the sixth century most churches owed their allegiance to Rome. So, Romish beliefs and practices had a marked effect on all the churches in Britain from that time onwards.
The actual ‘birth’ of Anglicanism, though, was when Henry the Eighth broke away from Rome over his various marriage ‘problems’. At that time he took on the title of ‘Defender of the Faith’ (‘Faith’ referring to Christianity based on scripture), rejecting the authority of the pope. ‘Church of England’ and ‘Anglicanism’ are the same thing.
Henry passed several laws in 1534 that deprived Rome of any authority over Britain, and Parliament elected him to be “the supreme head of the church in England” (The Act of Supremacy’). He was thus a rival to the pope.
Yet, Anglicanism mixed Reformation and Roman Catholic teachings together, so it is true to say that even the fledgling Church of England was structurally Romish, with many Roman teachings still in its new regime.
Since that time, Anglicanism has steadily mixed Roman teachings with its own. It is my view that Anglicanism is heretical and is returning in phases to Rome and the pope; this is its own claim, too. Elizabeth 1st attempted to get rid of Catholicism and installed more Protestant doctrinal teachings. Anglican use of communion (Eucharist), centrally offered prayer, and recitation of the liturgy, was, and still is, very Catholic in presentation. So is praise and even worship of Mary. The Puritans left Anglicanism because of this Romanist leaning, becoming known as ‘Non-Conformists’, who were persecuted and imprisoned for their true form of faith. In many ways, Anglicans are modern Pharisees, because they prefer rites and traditions to personal faith given by grace. They even wear garments that portray their reliance on pomp and tradition. There are ‘priests’ and many layers of clerical offices, even though Christ demolished this kind of fake religion when He was on this earth: His death brought in the ‘New Testament’ that had no place for priests.
Whilst Anglicanism has over 80 million members worldwide, God does not see them as genuine. Yes, some of them are saved by grace alone, but most are just slaves to tradition and false teaching.
One should bear in mind that Anglicanism is close to Rome and reflects its heresies. The whole structure of Anglicanism is heretical, if not blasphemous, for it revived the authority of professional priests, which was removed by Jesus Christ. The priests, too, wear distinctive old-style clerical clothing and ‘dog collars’ (see article on this), which suggest authority over others, and use Temple-style ‘worship’, all of which stopped when the Christian beliefs of Christ took over. Christians no longer need priests, because every man who is saved is himself a ‘priest’, according to Christ! The priesthood chosen by Anglicans is also heretical by electing women as priests and bishops, when scripture says women may not take on this role (as pastors).
Anglicanism is often referred to as a ‘broad church’. That is, it accepts all kinds of doctrines and teachings that oppose what scripture says! To God this is infamy and vile. Only His word is to be taught and believed.
The beliefs of Anglicans can be wildly mixed. Thus, they accept the Bible (but usually with heretical interpretations), traditions (which can be anti-God), and apostolic succession (an impossible belief). They also rely on the writings of the ‘church fathers’ even if those fathers taught heresy. Though supposedly founded on Reformation principles, this is only notional and not genuine. They pay lip service to the Reformation, whilst they move towards union with Rome. Anglicanism was already considered to be corrupt by about the 1600s, but some worked under a banner called ‘Catholic and Reformed’.
Unfortunately, all Anglican churches are led by the See of Canterbury and its Archbishop, even though successive archbishops over the past hundred years or so have become increasingly heretical and Romish. Today’s archbishop, for example, champions the homosexual cause and many types of heresy and ecumenism.
Basically, then, Anglicanism is just another heretical group, bound to Rome, and teaching all manner of wicked lies.
© April 2015
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