Well, seeing that the CCO has released its first report, I figured I'd better get busy. So, despite having no office space and no staff, I have today -- while sitting in a coffee shop -- created the first report of the GCO.
Here's my report:
- At the global level, primates have continued to focus on non-Gospel issues such as human sexuality, while placing Gospel imperatives (evangelism, serving Christ in all persons, and loving our neighbors) on the back burner.
- After careful reading of the Gospels and of the Communique, the GCO has found that the Gospels are not the same as the Communique. This office encourages Christians to follow the Gospel, and not the Communique, where the two differ.
- At the national level, ECUSA has fallen into this trap as well. From press reports, it appears that Executive Council and the House of Bishops gave only a small amount of time to Gospel issues, while spending lots of time on Communique issues.
- At the local level, the GCO believes that many congregations in ECUSA and around the world are indeed practicing the Gospel, but this story is not reported in the mass media, nor does it get the attention of archbishops and the like.
- The GCO encourages all Christians to study the Great Commandment and other sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Should there be any questions about the CCO or the Communique, the GCO encourages reference to the Gospels as the source of our authority and life in Christ.
- The GCO, of course, also believes that as Anglicans we do well to consult our tradition and to make use of our God-given human reason, guided by the Holy Spirit.
- The GCO will continue to evaluate the church for compliance to the Gospel, and will issue reports accordingly.