Traditional Anglicanism is for Everyone
Anglicanism has a rich history and development. Therefore, there is much to offer folks coming from other denominations and backgrounds. Almost every Christian tradition can appreciate something about traditional Anglicanism. Therefore, it’s worth investigating to see what we are all about.
Traditional Anglicanism offers Charismatic and Pentecostal folks a focus on the Holy Spirit. Every week we offer up prayers and supplications to God during the mass, and often after mass in prayer meeting. Our priests practice the laying of hands for those with physical ailments. Or, sometimes people will receive a prayer for a special intention or blessing. All this is done with faith, and in keeping with Biblical teaching regarding the Holy Spirit.
Traditional Anglicans hold to the full inspiration of Scripture. As a result, one can be confident that when coming to a Continuing Anglican church, the Bible’s authority is not questioned.
Reformed and Calvinist Christians find traditional Anglicanism very appealing. One reason is that there is a shared Reformation heritage. Martin Bucer, a key figure in the Reformed tradition, assisted Cranmer in the development of the Book of Common Prayer. Because of this, traditional Anglicans support the Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 1: What is the chief end of man? Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.
Lutherans find many things appealing, because of the liturgical similarities. Besides that, Lutherans have a Book of Prayer, which also includes ancient prayers, hymns, and readings.
Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox
Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox also find many similarities. We have a high view of the sacraments, liturgy, and a shared view of the ancient church. Additionally, Anglicans follow the three-fold source of authority. These are: Scripture, Tradition, and Reason (with Scripture given the most “weight” of the three). Most importantly, we also affirm the 7 Ecumenical Councils and the principle of Vincent of Lerins: “that is truly catholic and is to be believed which has been believed always, everywhere, and by all (semper, ubique, et ab omnibus).”
Non-Denominational folks find Anglicanism to be comforting and attractive. We follow the Liturgical Year and the Prayer Book, providing a time-tested structure to the Christian life. Therefore, as a result of having both an ancient history that blends with parts of the Reformation, people find Anglicanism appealing.
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