Some evangelical Anglicans have used the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation to post a 95-theses-style complaint on the doors of five British cathedrals.
The complaint called on the Church of England (CofE) to follow the Bible on LGBT issues, accusing the established church in the UK of ‘becoming corrupt’, as the church in Luther’s time had been.
The first document was found nailed to the doors of Southwark Cathedral, a known liberal Anglican establishment. One document read: ‘500 years ago Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Germany.
‘He did it because the church had become corrupt. Today a Declaration is being fixed to a cathedral door here in England, because the Established Church in our land is becoming corrupt’.
It also said: ‘The CofE claims it has not changed its doctrine, but its practice on the ground has already changed. Clergy are adopting lifestyles which are not biblical and teaching that such lifestyles are holy in the sight of God. This revisionism is causing a crisis not only in Southwark Diocese but across the whole of the Church of England’.
The document ended with a strong challenge, suggesting that where leaders refused to submit themselves to the Word of God 500 years ago, God raised up new ones, so too God will do the same today.
This has led to fresh speculation of a significant split in the CofE. Fissures have been appearing for many years and the LGBT trend may be the catalyst for a final break.