It was impressive if seemingly merely symbolic to have a priest wearing cope to rise up and raise objection to the first female bishop of the Church of England. Why did he do it? In his own words, here, he explains. . . .
God the Holy Spirit inspired the writing of the New Testament in the Bible. How can we now say that God got it wrong ? How can we claim that the Holy Spirit now tells us that women are to become bishops and priests when it could just as well be said that the Holy Spirit at one time guided the Church to keep a male ministry of Bishops, priests, and deacons? How can we credit such a reversal to a God who is described as eternal and unchanging, and the Son of God who is described as the same yesterday, today, and forever?Some seem to believe God is doing some new things in His Church. The only problem with that is the new things they claim he is doing contradict what He has done and what He has said in His Word. It may not be popular or fashionable but there is but one word that endures forever and only one word in which salvation is to be found. That is the unchanging Word of the Lord. The Spirit, if it does anything at all, moves us to live in faithfulness to that Word yesterday, today, and forever the same. Anything else claimed by the Spirit is false and misleading and unworthy of those who bear the name of Christ. Why do we care more about how what we believe is seen by the world when it is how God sees it that makes the difference? While I applaud the effort of Fr. Williamson, I believe that for the Church of England, and, sadly, most Anglicans, it is too late to set the anchor in the Word of God.