What has prompted the formation of The United Anglican Church?
In the second half of the last century many changes took place in some parts of the Church which many traditional churchmen could not in good conscience accept. Some of these orthodox Christians began to organize themselves into parishes and dioceses. 1979 marked the adoption by the Episcopal Church (ECUSA) – historically the Anglican Church presence in the USA – of a new prayer book that departed significantly from the traditional Anglican belief and practice. The United Anglican Church is part of the faithful worldwide Anglican Church Communion which seeks to preserve orthodox Anglican faith and practice.
Is the Anglican Church growing?
Dr. David B. Barrett author of the two-volume World Christian Encyclopedia has stated that Anglicans now make up more than 110 million Christians in the world. This number includes a little over 80 million affiliated baptized Anglicans, 21.8 million professing but unaffiliated Anglicans in 144 countries, and 7.6 million independent Anglicans in 40 jurisdictions (as of year 2000). The 110 million Anglicans are within 46 national or pluri-national churches. Dr. Barrett notes that each year the Anglican Church grows by 2.4 million births and decreases by 906,000 deaths. Some 2 million new Anglicans are baptized each year.
What is the historic Anglican ministry?
Traditional Anglicans preserve the Apostolic Ministry of male bishops, priests, and deacons. Christ had many women followers and ignored many social customs about women, but He did not appoint women apostles. Neither did orthodox Christian leaders afterwards. The issue of women clergy says nothing about the secular abilities or rights of women. It does say something about the continuity of the Church, and the fullness of divine revelation in Christ.
What about the 1928 Book of Common Prayer – Why is it used?
The traditional orthodox Anglican movement preserves the 1928 Book of Common Prayer because it embraces the essence of Anglican Catholic belief and practice. The 1979 ECUSA prayer book is a significant departure from the Anglican pattern. It presents certain shifts in doctrine, as well as in style and custom. Through many small changes, as well as a few big ones, the new book dilutes teaching about the holiness of God and the sinfulness of man. Traditional Anglicans adhere to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer for reasons of doctrine as well as for reasons of taste and sentiment.
What are our Standards of Belief and Clergy Discipline?
We maintain the traditional Anglican belief in the Scriptures and the ancient Creeds, in our seminaries and in our churches. We believe in the Virgin Birth, the divinity of Christ, His bodily resurrection and ascension. We are loyal to the Scriptures and the ancient Creeds. We preach traditional doctrine from our pulpits. We love the Lord, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. We examine our clergy to ensure their commitment to our Standards of Belief. Complete background checks are mandated in our Canons.
What about membership in Church Councils?
We do not belong to the World or National Councils of Churches because these two Councils have, over the years, departed from the original intent of fellowship and cooperation and have abandoned essential doctrines of the Church, instead promoting political ideologies contrary to doctrine.
What is our position concerning the practice of homosexuality?
The United Anglican Church affirms the traditional stance of the Church in this matter. The practice of homosexuality is a sin, and those who are guilty should repent and abandon it. Christians should be compassionate, but the church cannot condone sin.
What is our position on Abortion?
The United Anglican Church believes that life belongs to God from the moment of conception and that any decision to terminate life is a grave moral issue. Therefore, we oppose the ease with which abortion is allowed, and teach the sanctity of life.
What is our position on Remarriage after Divorce?
The United Anglican Church seeks to maintain the traditional Anglican view. We realize that some relationships are null from the beginning, and we know that sometimes couples do cease living together. We have a pastoral concern for people in either circumstance. However, we cannot ignore Christ’s teaching. Those who have a valid marriage are not free to marry another as long as the first partner lives, and the Church cannot bless a second marriage under such circumstances.
What is our position on Parish Property?
United Anglican Church parishes own their property. There is no coercion on parishes with regard to property ownership. Parishes pay for property from the tithes of their congregations and they own what they have paid for.
What is the standard of Stewardship?
The standard of stewardship in the United Anglican Church is the Biblical tithe.