The Archbishop of Canterbury has okayed the marriage of gay priests. Where is the church going to? Many bloggers have been opining on this.
The hypocrisy of Canterbury is only being revealed, when it opposed the same issue with ECUSA in its Windsor Report. And now the Archbishop has approved same sex unions for the clergy in the Church of England. According to the Windsor Report it was only a matter of time.
“BECAUSE AT THIS TIME WE ARE NOWHERE NEAR CONSENSUS” …
When this was written, the approval of same-sex unions was only a consensus away. The Lambeth Commission has acted already on this premise once: Right or wrong, if there is a consensus it is okay for them to approve — as long as there is consensus. There is a similar paradigm in the case of the ordination of women. It seems that morality is based on majority opinion, not on Scripture or Apostolic Tradition.
At the time of the Windsor Report, Canterbury’s position on ECUSA was very stiff. But now the Archbishop has gone ahead approved the “marriage” of gay clergy. All the while, ordination of gay clergy was a clandestine affair. Now it has come out into the open.
Those who are leaving ECUSA and seeking Anglican Communion are only jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Where can they turn? Perhaps the continuing churches? YES.
I belong to the United Episcopal Church of North America. We cannot boast of big dollars and buildings. The properties are owned by the people and we are purely attending to their spiritual and pastoral needs. Some of our stories are heart wrenching, when we chose to continue in the Faith, instead of embracing ECUSA’s tampering with theology and liturgy in the form of the 1979 BCP. Martin Luther said, “Let goods and kindred go, This mortal life also; The body they may kill, God’s truth abideth still.” Thirty years ago we saw the finality of ECUSA’s liberalism.
We hope Anglicans will hold on to their faith even though some of their leaders are leading them astray.