This is a church in search of an identity. Over the last forty years they have abandoned any semblance of their Anglican heritage in favour of a broad American style, vanilla, evangelicalism. The founders of this splinter Anglican group were BCP 1662 men all, and they would be saddened by the total abandonment of its liturgy and teaching that we see today.
True Anglicanism is catholic and Reformed, according to the formularies. The CESA is neither. On the sacraments they are thoroughly and deeply baptistic, vigorously attacking any ideas of sacramental efficacy, and thus fighting with their own standards.
So on point one they fail.
On the Reformation issues, the doctrines of grace, that define what it is to be Reformed, are forbidden by a silent anathema in one to one meetings with senior clergy.
Is that so that there are no witnesses?
On point two they fail as well.
Therefore the CESA is neither catholic nor Reformed, so what are they? They are American style revival evangelicals with a strong baptistic, free will flavour.
In a recent interview with Virtueonline, the present Presiding Bishop said that CESA is catholic and Reformed. I am certain that this came as a surprise to the clergy and congregations.
I remember sitting in class at their College being told that CESA did not conform to the 39 Articles. Yet, according to their founding documents, they do, and many a court case victory against the Anglo-Catholics in South Africa depended upon this. If they have abandoned their claim to be the true Church of England in South Africa, they should hand over any and all disputed property to their rivals without delay.
Martin Lloyd-Jones said of the CoE that they were a living lie regarding the difference between their formal standards and their actual faith. CESA is no different. In that sense perhaps they really are the Church of England in South Africa.