About us ... are we bigots?

If you search for "English Churchman" on the web you may well find criticism of us by those of liberal persuasion. People mock us and think we are horrible. They sometimes distort what we say for their own ends. We are neither surprised nor dismayed by this. We endeavour to love these our enemies. The same kind of people also despised the Lord Jesus Christ because He said that their deeds were evil. He aptly said from the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34). So it is that while we confess our shortcomings, many of our critics do not know what they are doing as they are not Christians. As Jesus said of the Pharisees, these men are not the children of Abraham, but children of the devil.

So are we bigots? Are we Homophobic? Are we Islamophobic?

As the Apostle Paul said of himself, we also say that we are nothing in ourselves! Not that we are so humble that we think we will get to heaven because of that. Rather, we are quite simply honest that the Bible is true and in it we read that God is holy and righteous but that we have all rebelled against Him. Yet God is the God of salvation. In his Love and mercy He has a plan to rescue a great number of people.

It is very important to remember that the English Churchman Newspaper is no substitute for belonging to a faithful church. In some cases ministers read the English Churchman and it encourages them to continue their stand for the truth of the Bible. In other cases it brings reproof or rebuke and there may be a reaction of anger. In many cases the challenges do us good.

Our readers come from a variety of churches and some have no church. Our beliefs can be summarised as "biblical" but as the Bible is a big book and has been interpreted in different ways we are not ashamed of being labelled "Reformed". Despite the widespread heresy and downgrade from biblical doctrine we are also not ashamed of being called "Anglican". We use the word Anglican as it was when the Church was re-formed out of the de-formed Roman Catholic Church of the 16th Century. One of our aims is to encourage members and clergy of the Church of England and Anglicans around the world to return to their biblical roots and reject the bizarre modern worldly religion that nevertheless chooses to retain the name Christian!

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