Why I Left The Anglican Communion

There was sometimes an expressed commitment to certain iconic traditions of Anglicanism that seemed to supersede the commitment to the gospel message and the primacy of Scripture. I began to perceive that many of Episcopalian background regard the traditions of Anglicanism as a kind of idol. The vestments, music, architecture, ceremonies, even the reading of Scripture itself are all seen as parts of the tradition, and the tradition is the main thing. A strict observance of the church calendar seems to hold sentimental value for many, and the correct performance of the calendar-appropriate services is quite important. In that environment, the gospel and the true preaching of the Cross can easily become lost or overshadowed by the tradition. Read more»

David Miller, “My Story: From Reformed Worship to Anglicanism and Back Again” Aquila Report (August 14, 2013)


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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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  1. In my experience Anglicanism was theologically a mixed bag depending on what parish you were in, even within the same communion/denomination. Parishes would range from charismatic to anglo-catholic to calvinistic. The only continuity was their adherence to a prayer book and prelacy. But even the prayer book and prelacy varied from one communion to another. Tradition and history seemed to be as important as scripture. Contrast this with the biblical simplicity of RPW and Reformed worship and theology.

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