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Text of "Call to Action" issued by the American Anglican Council's "A Place to Stand" Conference

Posted on: October 10, 2003 3:49 PM
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Text of "Call to Action" issued by the American Anglican Council's "A Place to Stand" Conference in Texas

[ACNS source: American Anglican Council]

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

As Anglican Christians committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, under the authority of Holy Scripture, and members of God's one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church:

  1. We proclaim our Lord's Great Commandment and His Great Commission to be our life's highest calling.
  2. We repudiate the 74th General Convention's confirmation of a non-celibate homosexual to be a bishop of the Church, and its acceptance of same-sex blessings as part of our common life. These actions have broken fellowship with the larger body of Christ and have brought the Episcopal Church under God's judgment.
  3. We repent of our part in the sins of the Episcopal Church, and we pray for all those who are being hurt and led astray by these actions.
  4. We call the leadership of the Episcopal Church to repent of and reverse the unbiblical and schismatic actions of the General Convention.
  5. We declare our commitment to the Lord's life-giving teaching about sexuality and marriage embraced by Christians throughout all ages, and as affirmed by the 1998 Lambeth Conference. We celebrate God's unconditional love for all people, and we proclaim God's transforming power for everyone seeking sexual purity and wholeness.
  6. We redirect our financial resources, to the fullest extent possible, toward biblically orthodox mission and ministry, and away from those structures that support the unrighteous actions of the General Convention. We will support our partners in the Anglican Communion.
  7. We appeal to the Primates of the Anglican Communion to intervene in the Episcopal Church to:
    1. Discipline those bishops in the Episcopal Church who, by their actions, have departed from biblical faith and order;
    2. Guide the realignment of Anglicanism in North America;
    3. Encourage orthodox bishops as they extend episcopal oversight, pastoral care, and apostolic mission across current diocesan boundaries; and
    4. Support isolated and beleaguered parishes and individuals in their life and witness as faithful Anglican Christians.

To the glory of God. Amen.