Our world-wide Anglican fellowship is a pretty ‘broad’ church in many ways.
There are people from all continents, who gather together in lots of different ways, speaking different languages and bringing God’s word to many different tribes and nations in a way that is meaningful to the individual contexts.
Unfortunately, there are some ways in which our church is more broad than it should be… and that’s in the important area of what we believe about the death of Jesus.
Strictly speaking, all Anglican ministers believe that Jesus died ‘for us’, but sadly, not all believe that this means that he was a substitute for God’s just punishment towards everyone who has rejected God’s rule in their lives.
Yet, the message of the Bible clearly shows us that Jesus’ death was more than an example; he died as a genuine substitute for us: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Let us never forget the true power of the cross!