Is the Right Rev. Dr. George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury,
singing his own song, or is he repeating someone else's unbelief? His book to be
published by Harper Collins later this year, Jesus 2000, exposes Carey as
no canary with a Gospel song of his own, but as a parrot simply repeating
worn-out unbelief. In his book he condescends to inform us all that "unlike the
birth of Christ and the crucifixion, Christians cannot know with the same
certainty that He was resurrected". He has also the audacity to state: "I can
tell you frankly that while we can be absolutely sure that Jesus lived and that
He was certainly crucified on the Cross, we cannot know that He was raised by
God from the dead." He doubts that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is an
attractive headline. He makes his claim on the basis that the resurrection goes
against human experience. That is the reason for his remarks.
Christianity is a divinely revealed religion. Every part of it
could be rejected on the same argument of its being against human experience.
Except God had revealed Himself and given us a written record, we could have no
conception whatsoever of His eternal Godhead, the Trinity of His Person, the
giving of His Son, Christ's virgin birth, Christ's atoning death, Christ's
bodily resurrection, Christ's ascension to God's right hand, and Christ's coming
again to judge the quick and the dead.
All this is against human experience. All this is divinely
revealed and divinely recorded. The resurrection rests on the same evidence as
any other part of Christ's life and work. "And this is the record, that God hath
given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." (I John 5:11) We know we
have partaken of His resurrection light because of what the Bible teaches:
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of
God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the
name of the Son of God." (I John 5:13)
The resurrected Christ says: "[…] because I live, ye shall live
also." (John 14:19) George Carey has made it clear that he rejects – and that
the Church over which he presides rejects – the Bible alone, the Scriptures as
the only rule of faith and practice. He has no Gospel song, and in speaking of
the resurrection of Christ, the tested fact in all history, in the way he does,
he is of all men most miserable. He has no reliable Bible, no true God, no true
Gospel, no living Christ, no eternal life. He should pull down the Christian
flag from his vessel and run up the skull and cross bones. He is in reality a
pirate sailing under false colours.
Having no Gospel song, he is in reality a parrot, parroting the
threadbare rags of infidelity. He is no better than David Jenkins, the former
Bishop of Durham, who described the resurrection of Christ as "a conjuring
trick". CAREY – THE PARROT OF JENKINS!