Dr Jim Packer faces inhibition

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  1. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Church Times - Dr Jim Packer faces inhibition

    Dr Jim Packer faces inhibition
    by Ed Beavan

    Scholarly: Dr Jim Packer

    THE Evangelical theologian the Revd Dr Jim Packer has been issued with a formal notice removing his right to officiate in the Anglican Church of Canada.

    Dr Packer, the 81-year-old British-born author of Knowing God, is Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, and a former Associate Principal of Trinity College in Bristol.

    The notice relates to his position as an honorary assistant curate at St John’s, Shaughnessy, in Vancouver, in the diocese of New Westminster.

    St John’s voted last month to leave the diocese and place itself under the oversight of the Presiding Bishop of the Southern Cone, the Most Revd Greg Venables. At issue is New Westminster’s decision to allow same-sex blessings.

    Dr Packer, together with three other clerics at the church, received a “Notice of Presumption of Abandonment of the Exercise of the Ministry” from the Bishop New Westminster, the Rt Revd Michael Ingham, which states that they have “publicly renounced the doctrine and discipline” of the Canadian Church.

    Explaining the parish’s move in a series of recorded interviews on YouTube, Dr Packer said New Westminster’s decision to allow same-sex blessings was “a denial of something that’s integral to the Christian gospel. . .

    “The Bible says that same-sex unions are off-limits as far as God is concerned, and the gospel requires anyone who has been involved in them to repent of that involvement and abandon it.”

    A diocesan spokesman said that Bishop Ingham had not yet received a response from Dr Packer. He denied that the Bishop was “bringing charges” against the clergy, but merely following ecclesiastical procedure.

    He said the Bishop regretted the churches’ leaving the diocese rather than choose to subscribe to a diocesan scheme of alternative oversight. Dr Packer has until 21 April to appeal against the notice.

    In a letter to the Church Times, the Revd Rod Thomas, chairman of Reform, a conservative Evangelical group in the UK, said that the treatment of Dr Packer had “rightly created a huge sense of outrage across the Communion. . . To treat such a scholarly, godly and elderly man, who has been a key Evangelical leader for more than half a century, in this mean-spirited and aggressive manner is deeply upsetting.”

    Two other parishes that voted to leave the Anglican Church of Canada are due to find out what will happen to their property next week. A court decision will be made about the future of St George’s, Lowville, and St Hilda’s, Oakville, both in the diocese of Niagara.
  2. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    I'm sure that Dr. Packer can find many homes with brothers and sisters waiting with opened arms.

    He will always be a hero to me because his book, Knowing God. It set me on the right course.
  3. Zenas

    Zenas Snow Miser

    Hey, why can't he come on over to Presbyterianism? :p
  4. Grymir

    Grymir Puritan Board Graduate

    I hope a counselor can help Packer with his inhibitions. :p

    What is a inhibition anyway. I assume it's not in the sense it's normally used.
  5. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    Hey, don't you know that you guys snub the poor and uneducated believers?
  6. Grymir

    Grymir Puritan Board Graduate

  7. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Sounds like they are uneducated.

    Here is the dictionary for you Presby's

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    in·hi·bi·tion (ĭn'hə-bĭsh'ən, ĭn'ə-) Pronunciation Key

    1. The act of inhibiting or the state of being inhibited.
    2. Something that restrains, blocks, or suppresses.

    Just kidding....
  8. Grymir

    Grymir Puritan Board Graduate

  9. Kevin

    Kevin Puritan Board Doctor

    Sometimes, a man is known by his enemies.
  10. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Junior

    He could always get baptised as a believer and become a baptist. ;-)
  11. etexas

    etexas Puritan Board Doctor

    He would be welcome in the US to some role in one of the Continuing Anglican bodies.:book2:
  12. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    While most anglicans are losing their inhibitions, Packer is gaining inhibitions.

    Reminds me of a joke about gay stuff and ordination of women in the church:

    Why can't Anglicans play chess.

    Because they can't tell the difference between a queen and a bishop.
  13. JohnOwen007

    JohnOwen007 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Which type of Presbyterianism? Perhaps that's the answer ...
  14. Grymir

    Grymir Puritan Board Graduate

    queen and a bishop.

  15. caddy

    caddy Puritan Board Senior

    LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. etexas

    etexas Puritan Board Doctor

    Hate to say this about the "Packman", but does it seem as if in the past 10 years he has been more or less a full time book endorser?:popcorn:
  17. Grymir

    Grymir Puritan Board Graduate

    Yea, I think you are right etexas. We've used some of his books in my Sunday School class. They must have been some of his older books. They were great because they provoked the liberals and caused them constrernation and helped to stop some of the liberal teachings. I was surprised by some of the recent things I've heard about Packer.

    There's a lesson here. John Hagee used to be a fundamentalist who bashed TBN until he got on the station. Now look at his ways.

    It's tough to be around lib's at church and not be affected.
  18. etexas

    etexas Puritan Board Doctor

    That is what cotton balls are for Brother!:lol::popcorn:
  19. JohnOwen007

    JohnOwen007 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Try again: What can't liberal Anglicans play chess?
  20. JohnOwen007

    JohnOwen007 Puritan Board Sophomore

    That's a bit judgemental In my humble opinion. I don't agree with everything JIP has done in his life; however, if I could display a fraction of his conspicuous godliness, I'd be grateful.
  21. Davidius

    Davidius Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    "Presby's" is singular possessive. You're looking for "Presbies." ;)
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