ADDENDUM The below statement, sent on the 14 June 2018, was written by Latimer Chair, Rev'd Dave Clancey, on behalf of the Latimer Fellowship's Executive.
Apologies for not specifying this in the original email.
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus, the one who has saved us by his grace and who is bringing to completion in us the work he has started.
We live in difficult times as Anglicans in this land. General Synod’s recent decision to allow the blessing of same-sex relationships has shaken many. A church which claims a Biblical foundation now finds itself permitting its members to teach that blessings are both consistent, and not consistent, with Holy Scripture and the doctrines of the church. While some are pleased that a decision has been made, many evangelicals are questioning their place and ministry within this structure.
Specifics of conscience and circumstance mean that different people can, and will, respond in different ways at different times. I write to ask us to be in prayer for each other. Even within the Fellowship some individuals have already left Anglican churches. Some churches are deciding whether to leave existing Anglican structures.
These are brothers and sisters who hold to the Bible, and yet are able to respond in different ways. This is a time to show grace to each other. Those who can remain may feel abandoned by those who can’t. Those who choose to step apart may feel betrayed by those who choose to stay. And yet as those who uphold the Bible’s teaching on sexuality, we need to also uphold the Bible’s teaching on grace and generosity with those who disagree on secondary matters. While the Bible’s teaching on human sexuality and the need for repentance for sexual sin is a matter of first importance (for salvation depends on us repenting of our sin), I would argue that the decision of if and how to leave or stay, is a secondary matter. Let us show warmth and kindness to each other, not assigning motives but seeking to understand and encourage each other to be faithful in the best way we can in the situations we find ourselves and our churches.
Let us, in the Latimer Fellowship, be diligent in prayer for each other and evangelical Anglicans throughout the country as we walk through these sad and strange days. Let us pray for AFFIRM as they seek to explore Christian Communities and how they might support parishes who choose to remain in ACANZP. Let us pray for FCANZ as they talk and consider how to support parishes who cannot remain. Pray particularly for many Latimer members and Anglican evangelicals from around New Zealand (and the world) as they meet in Jerusalem next week for GAFCON. And let us pray for the growth of the gospel and the glory of the Lord Jesus in these Islands.