CofE same-sex blessings will result in change in doctrine, say evangelicals

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Evangelicals within the Church of England have expressed concern in regards to the obvious contradiction on the coronary heart of proposals introduced this week to permit prayers and blessings for same-sex {couples}.

The Prayers of Love and Faith, to be debated at subsequent month’s General Synod, have been met with alarm by evangelicals who see them as a stepping stone to doctrinal change on marriage.

Helen Lamb, a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) Working Group, took half in a debate hosted by the Religion Media Centre this week the place she described the proposals as “extraordinary” and stated it was possible that they’d find yourself “pleasing completely no person”.

“We are being informed on the one hand marriage is between one man and one lady and that’s the doctrine, and however to bless and say that one thing is holy that God, in his phrase, says will not be. I do not see how each of these issues can occur,” she stated.

John Dunnett, additionally of the Church of England Evangelical Council, informed Church Times that the proposals “quantity to a ‘Trojan horse’ for doctrinal change”.

Church Society Director Lee Gatiss stated, “We can not apologise for following Christ and proclaiming his phrase, as if that was not someway one of the simplest ways for us all to reside.”

He continued, “How can we promote and bless and have fun and provides thanks for issues which God has not blessed?

“It is just not ok to throw 1 John 4:16 into this debate like a grenade and assume that ‘God is love and those that abide in love abide in God’ is ample to ascertain that he approves of same-sex marriage relationships.”

He added, “It is sleight of hand at greatest and a downright lie at worst to assert that permitting for the blessing of same-sex marriage relationships in church will not be a change within the Church’s doctrine of marriage.”

Susie Leafe, Director of Anglican Futures, stated the proposals have left devoted Anglicans going through an “unsure” future.

She expects to see extra enquiries to her organisation, which presents sensible and pastoral help to orthodox Anglicans.

“The concept that celebrating ‘equal civil marriage’ won’t undermine ‘Holy Matrimony’ is laughable,” she stated.

Further afield, GAFCON Chair, Foley Beach, stated he had obtained information of the proposals “with a heavy coronary heart”.

“Once once more, our Western Anglican Provinces proceed to ‘go their very own method’ on issues of religion and follow with out session or concern for almost all of Anglicans across the Global Communion,” he stated.

“Their actions not solely deny holy follow, however reject the authority of Scripture, the educating of the historic church, and the consensus of the Body of Christ from each tribe, tongue, folks and nation alive as we speak.”



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