In his new book Jesus 2000 Dr. George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, makes a most astounding statement: "Unlike the birth of Christ and the crucifixion," he says, "Christians cannot know with the same certainty that He was resurrected."
Here is a man who presumes to lead the Anglican Church in the United Kingdom – a man who at his ordination and his consecration solemnly confessed and swore to uphold the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of that Church, the fourth of which reads:
Christ did truly arise again from death, and took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of Man's nature; wherewith he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth, until he return to judge all men at the last day.
Now this same man admits: "I can tell you frankly that while we can be absolutely sure that Jesus lived and that He was crucified on the Cross, we cannot know that He was raised by God from the dead."
Of course, these astonishing statements raise the question as to whether Dr. Carey's doubt concerning the resurrection preceded his ordination as a Minister of the Church of England or his consecration as its Head, in which case he would have perjured himself, or whether his loss of faith was a subsequent development. Whichever the case, they render him unfit for his solemn office.
Rejecting the Bible
Quite apart from that aspect, however, Dr. Carey's pronouncements are a clear rejection of the Bible as the sole Word of God, a denial of the certainty of Christ's Gospel of redemption and salvation, and an invitation to despair and hopelessness in his flock which would delight the Devil himself. Without the resurrection there can be no Bible, no Gospel, and no hope.
The Bible cannot be interpreted selectively, or, as in the dogma of the Roman Church, be perverted and subordinated to the traditions of men. It must be accepted in toto as the inspired and unalterable word of God. If the confused Dr. Carey is certain that Christ lived, is he certain of what Christ said? Does he then believe the words that Christ spoke of Himself in Matthew 17:23? "And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised." Does he believe the testimony of I Corinthians 15:5-8, where the resurrected Christ was seen by Cephas, James, Paul himself and "above five hundred brethren at once"? In calling into question the reality of the resurrection, Dr. Carey is virtually calling Christ a liar and rejecting the divine authority and inspiration of the Bible as a whole.
Renouncing the Gospel
The Bible pronounces a severe verdict on such people, indicating that they might as well not preach or profess faith at all, for "[…] if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain." (I Cor. 15:14) Consequently, Dr. Carey should descend from his pulpit, for both his words and his faith are pure vanity. He should admit to his flock that he is preaching 'another gospel' and is therefore according to Galatians 1:8-9 amongst those who are to be "accursed".
He is divesting the true Gospel of Jesus Christ of its ultimate purpose – the fulfilment of God's wonderful promise of resurrection to eternal life to those who are saved and will one day be with Him in paradise; he is openly denying the surety of Christ's own words that "[…] all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 6:28-29). If Martha had enough faith to answer affirmatively, without evidence, when Jesus asked her if she believed that her brother would be raised from the dead at the last day (John 11:24), how much less faith must Dr. Carey have despite all his knowledge of the evidence of the Bible!
Reaping the apostasy
Dr. Carey's latest outrage is symptomatic of the depths of spiritual apostasy to which the once great Church of England, formerly a proud defender of Biblical truth and the bulwark of this Nation's liberty and prosperity, has sunk since the Reformation. He has become more and more like the Pope, who denies the sole validity and authority of the Holy Scriptures, twists them to his own liking and purposes, and tells his dupes what they are allowed and not allowed to believe.
Any Church which departs from the Bible to compromise with the Church of Rome can be assured of punishment which will result in its own destruction. Dr. Carey's Church has progressively done so, and his questioning of the resurrection is most certainly part of the terrible curse that is predicted to befall those who abandon the true Gospel. He is on the road to perdition and it is only a matter of time before he drags the Church of England down with him.
Thank God for His wonderful truth: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." (John 11:25-26)