A statement from Anglican bishops at Lambeth 2022 affirming the “holiness” of LGBT+ love “in dedicated relationships” is gathering signatures however the revealed record solely serves to point out simply how marginal the Western revisionist agenda is within the Anglican Communion.
On the floor, the variety of signatories seems substantial. To this point simply over 140 archbishops and bishops out of 650 on the Convention have signed the assertion during which the signatories “recognise that many LGBT+ individuals have traditionally been wounded by the Church and significantly harm by the occasions of the previous couple of weeks”.
“We want to affirm the holiness of their love wherever it’s present in dedicated relationships,” they are saying.
However the overwhelming majority of the signatories come from the liberal Anglican Church buildings of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which incorporates Polynesia. These Member Church buildings (Provinces) out of the 41 within the Anglican Communion are in decline numerically in comparison with the rising biblically orthodox Provinces of Africa and Asia.
There are two signatories from the Church of England, however Alan Wilson and David Hamid are each suffragan (or assistant) bishops.
The heads (primates) of the Anglican Church buildings within the US (Michael Curry), Scotland (Mark Unusual), Wales (Andy Johns), Brazil (Naudal Alves Gomes) and Canada (Linda Nicholls) are the lead signatories. However Wales and Scotland have mustered fewer than 10 signatories between them due to the small variety of Anglican bishops in these Provinces.
The Anglican Church in Brazil accepted same-sex marriage in 2018. The Episcopal Church of the USA (TEC) additionally accepted it in 2018, having allowed same-sex blessing companies since 2012. Dioceses within the Anglican Church of Canada have been conducting same-sex blessings since a church within the Diocese of New Westminster, which incorporates Vancouver, hosted the world’s first formally accepted Anglican same-sex blessing service in 2003. However in 2019, Canada’s Common Synod refused to approve same-sex marriage.
The Scottish Episcopal Church has performed same-sex marriages since 2017. The Anglican Church in New Zealand has allowed same-sex blessings since 2018 and the Anglican Church in Wales accepted same-sex blessings final 12 months.
The World South Fellowship of Anglican Church buildings (GSFA) with round 270 orthodox bishops from 25 Provinces of the Anglican Communion launched a petition on Tuesday to reaffirm Lambeth Decision 1.10, which the 1998 Convention handed affirming heterosexual marriage and rejecting gay observe as incompatible with Scripture.
The GSFA petition would get significantly extra signatories if the bishops from Rwanda, Uganda and Nigeria have been current. These Provinces have round 300 bishops between them however as a result of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby insisted on inviting bishops from the Provinces that bless gay relationships, they’re boycotting Lambeth 2022.
The message preached by the liberal Western Anglicans main church buildings in decline might primarily be summed up as “Jesus loves me as a result of I’m beautiful, nevertheless I self-identify”.
Their petition preamble states: “God is Love! This love revealed by Jesus, described within the Scriptures and proclaimed by the Church, is Good Information for all – with out exception. That’s the reason we imagine that LGBT+ persons are a valuable a part of God’s creation – for every of us is ‘fearfully and splendidly made’ (Psalm 139:14), and all are equally cherished.”
There may be nothing about penitence or repentance on this tawdry misrepresentation of the surprise of God’s love for misplaced humanity.
The true biblical Gospel message proclaimed by the Anglican Reformers is far more thrilling. I’m, within the phrases of the Common Confession of the 1662 Anglican E book of Widespread Prayer, a “depressing offender”. I have to name on the God and Father of Jesus Christ to “spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults” and to “restore thou them which can be penitent, in line with thy guarantees declared to mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
Within the phrases of the Prayer E book’s Absolution I, along with my fellow penitents, have to ask God to grant me “true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that these issues might please him which we do at this current, and that the remainder of our life hereafter could also be pure and holy; in order that on the final we might come to his everlasting pleasure; by means of Jesus Christ our Lord”.
That’s the wonderful Gospel message the 16th Century Anglican martyrs – Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), Bishop Nicholas Ridley (c1500-1555) and Bishop Hugh Latimer (c1485-1555) – went to the stake for.
Julian Mann is a former Church of England vicar, now an evangelical journalist.