How should we react when those whom we trust to teach faithful biblical Christianity fail us? As Christians what are we to do when the church embraces and blesses a false gospel? Where does loyalty lie - with the institution and its leaders or with Jesus, Head and King of His Church?
A former pastor in the Anglican Church of Canada describes how he and his congregation faced these daunting questions, struggled to discern the truth and made their painful choice.
"Three forces combined are progressively disintegrating the Anglican Church of Canada: relativistic liberal theology, idolatrous institutional defensiveness, and manipulative episcopal autocracy. This honest, restrained, sombre narrative illustrates all three. The scene that unfolds is unspeakably sad, and brings only dishonour to our Lord Jesus Christ."
J.I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College
"The word betrayed comes readily to the lips of many who were so deeply immersed in the life, worship and witness of the Anglican Church of Canada. Many of us struggle with the question, 'How could this departure from scriptural standards have happened with so little organized outcry from those in leadership positions during those relatively few years? This powerful book, The Bishop or the King, by Ron Corcoran faces this catastrophe head-on and confronts the situations and personalities that have brought about this destruction from within and exposes the sad apathy that hastened this descent."
The Right Reverend Donald F. Harvey, Moderator, Anglican Network in Canada
The Bishop or the King is solid. It starts from the beginning but it does not speak down to anyone. Whether you have been immersed in the "Anglican crisis" or suddenly have been awakened to the fact that things are going badly for Anglicanism in Canada, you will come out taught and enlightened, even encouraged that there is a way forward for Anglicans. Ron Corcoran has not dodged the tough questions. By the end of the book, the reader can understand that he believes the situation is serious and why and that an approach such as ANIC is both needed and legitimate and perhaps is the hope of Anglicanism in these days in Canada.
This book will be a wake-up call to many and a huge encouragement to all who long for historic Biblical Anglicanism to take its place in the body of Christ in Canada as we prepare for the return of Jesus.
The Venerable Charlie Masters
Executive Archdeacon and National Director
Anglican Network in Canada
Following Jesus as one's personal Lord and Saviour along solid biblical orthodox lines can be costly these days. No one knows that better than Ron Corcoran. As part of an ever growing number of committed orthodox Anglicans in North America he reveals how he ultimately chose not to give way any longer to the growing liberalism within the Anglican Church of Canada.
Praise God that Ron Corcoran refuses to remain silent. The Bishop or The King, his well-researched and easy-to-read account of the rise of lukewarm postmodernistic teaching in North America is most timely. May this book, solidly rooted in God's Word, ring the alarm bells for many across this land who have succumbed to heretical teaching of contemporary revisionists.
The Rt. Rev. Malcolm Harding,
Bishop, Suffragan (retired)
Anglican Network in Canada
The Rev. Ron Corcoran, whom I have known for many years, is a man of integrity and conviction. I deeply admire his willingness to show real leadership as he has realigned with the Global South. Ron's book spells out exactly why he has made such a costly decision.
The Rev. Ed Hird St. Simon, Vancouver
The DVD that accompanies this book is a series of interviews of clergy and lay who regretfully had to leave the Anglican Church of Canada. These are a portion of their stories.
Ron Corcoran is the pastor of Christ the King Anglican Church, which is a member of the Anglican Network in Canada and is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He has been an Anglican minister for twenty two years. Ron is married to Deirdre. This is his second book. Any proceeds from this writing will be devoted to the fight against AIDS in Africa.
First sentence: This is the story of how my life as a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada came to a dramatic end.
|1||The Anglican Church I Joined||23|
|2||So What Has Changed?||33|
|4||What Happens When Scripture Is Neglected or Misused?||75|
|5||The Presenting Issue: Scriptural Evidence||101|
|6||The Presenting Issue: Is Homosexual Activity a Salvation Issue?||123|
|7||The Presenting Issue: Is Endorsement of Homosexual Activity a Communion-Breaking Issue?||137|
|8||The Presenting Issue: Responsible Pastoral Ministry||149|
|12||Walking Apart From The Gospel (by The Reverend Michael Hemmings)||243|
|13||Encounters with Synods (by Walker Morrow)||263|
|Appendix 3:||Annotated Bibliography||289|