Anglican Forums Reformation Advent, 2014 Dear forum members, We as a forum or community of people are entering upon a new stage of existence. The world as we see it today, the crisis of our civilization -- moral, spiritual, epistemological -- calls for an intense self-examination, for we must claim ourselves to be the reason for the world's failure. We are called for intense self-sacrifice, a fiercely renewed understanding of our values, principles, and ideals. The People of God, far from impeding the secular onslaught, have become its enablers and abetters, and the Church has become no longer aware of her principles, her Master, and her purpose. In this community we have tended to exemplify the trends of larger Christian disintegration through personal and destructive feuds, puffed-up pride, acrimony, doubt, thrashing side to side in fear, uncertainty, and ultimately -- despair. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." -Hosea 4:6 Our Lord has no confusion, and certainly no fear. In our Lord there is no space for despair, and no reason for doubts. To speak of our Faith together with a doubt or despair is to combine contradictory, mutually exclusive statements. Therefore to fulfill the mission of God, in this little corner of the world, we must strive to exemplify these divine characteristics ourselves. We must live out the mission of the Church in an implacable reaffirmation of her core divine values -- peace, certainty, hope, and truth. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. -Romans 13:12 For this reason these forums shall undergo a renovation -- a Reformation -- during this Advent season (and possibly beyond). We as an online community have exhibited tremendous doubt and confusion and doubt about what is truth, and the July 2013 discussion Church and forum unity, begun to address our concerns, became prime evidence, Exhibit A, for just how far we have lost confidence in our church (despite professing it in the Creed), and in one truth (the bedrock of our belief). And yet, doubts that plague our discussions are to be traced primarily to the Admins and the Forums Leadership. That is always the case. We have not yet put this corner of the world on a Godly and divine foundation, but rather exemplified faults of the larger Christian world: timidity about truth and faith; reliance on compromise, ecumenism and doubt; and an lacking pastoral care of souls. Consequently, the cure for what ails us will be found in an embrace of our divine faith -- one that is allergic to doubt, exhibits a passionate love of souls and truth, and possesses a tender affection for our historic Saints, Doctors, Bishops and Pastors. There is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. -Job 14:7 In order to effect the Reformation we will go through these consecutive stages, in order: A total rejection of modern errors such as women's ordination, and gay "marriage." They may still be discussed or asked questions about, but no longer promoted. An affectionate embrace of our Creeds and Formularies. Anyone may still, as before, participate in any discussion, but those who affirm the Anglican faith will be categorized as Anglicans (via an "Anglican" badge by their username), and provided with special privileges. --- a higher rank from among these will be able to promote and feature threads, make site-wide announcements, and even affect our editorial policies. Substantially revamped and improved help pages and Forum usability. We intend to supply plentiful help tips to Newly Registered Members, and add detailed Help Pages on topics such as "New To Forums?", "Internet Privacy", and "Badges and Orthodoxy." A reorganization of our forum Layout and Categories (announced February, 2013). Whether following that thread's schema or another, our top priority will be a forum layout which will aim to prioritize brotherly conversation, amiable questions, pastoral and life questions, and challenges of living in the world. This part of the effort may extend into the new year. These steps will have an announcement, as they go into effect. We hope you will join us for this next tremendous milestone of our journey. As announced from the beginning, the sole purpose and goal for the existence of this site has been to help the church, and to serve truth. For this reason it is exciting and a tremendous privilege to serve those goals even better than before. May you have a happy and blessed Advent, the birthday of our Lord, the final triumph of Truth in the World.