Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | March 7, 2006

Church of England faces division

It has reached the news that Dr Rowan Williams fears a substantial division in the worldwide Anglican church over the issue of homosexuality. Whereas parts of America such as California are openly endorsing homosexuality by shortlisting gay candidates for the next bishop, more conservative parts of the church are demanding that this sort of policy should be reversed.

I have no idea why the idea of a split in the Church of England should be such a surprise. For years, the Anglican church has fudged the issue and it is that indecision that is now coming home to roost. Since they have made it an acceptable choice of lifestyle for the layperson, they are going to have real problems making it unacceptable for their senior clergy.

Instead of taking a clear biblical stance against serious sexual sin, they have added to their problems the hypocrisy of double standards. If they believe homosexuality is wrong, it is wrong for anyone in their congregations – if they believe it is right, it is acceptable for everyone, including their most senior Bishops and Archbishops.

For me, the issue is clear from Scripture – homosexuality is a choice of lifestyle which cannot be endorsed or condoned by the church (1 Cor. 6:9). However, some Anglicans who do not support such immoral lifestyles may now be forced to leave their church. This is particularly sad since the Anglican church should have found the courage to expel those whose deliberately choose to live at odds with God’s moral standards rather than continue to accomodate them.

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  1. “There was never any thing by the wit of man so well devised, or so sure established, which in continuance of time has not been corrupted.” — Thomas Cranmer (preface to the Anglican Common book of prayer)

    Ironic, prophetic, and as you say, deeply sad.


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