When you have a Church founded because a King wants to get a “Divorce” this is where it eventually ends up. the Anglican Church was founded to be a mechanism to be used by the State, and it is why it’s membership is in free fall. The Anglican Church, and Christianity by association with the Anglican Church was considered by most to be an extension of the Government. The Gospel was dealt a mortal blow in England because of it!
The organizers of a letter signed by more than 100 senior Anglicans, calling on the Church of England to apologize for its attitude towards homosexuality, have denied trying to split the Church.
In a letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the group of 105 signatories, who include cathedral deans, bishops and MPs, call on the Church to repent for “promoting discrimination” against gay and lesbian Christians, and treating them like “second-class citizens”.
The letter – whose signatories include nearly half the country’s cathedral deans – comes as the heads of almost 40 separate churches prepare to meet for the first time in more than a decade, for a week-long summit that the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, sees as a “last roll of the dice” to prevent a schism between liberals and conservatives.
Leading conservative figures warned that any concession to the signatories was likely to increase the risk of a split in the Church. Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, said: “What we cannot do is compromise what is not ours to compromise. If they in any way compromise the Bible’s teaching, that would be an issue.”
Key figures involved in the organisation of the letter, which has been signed by eight retired bishops and the Bishop of Buckingham, insisted that they did not want the Church to split.
The Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Revd David Ison, one of the organizers of the letter, told Radio 4: “It’s a bit disingenuous to say that there is one biblical view. There are different views in scripture. Jesus had nothing much to say about sexuality, certainly not about homosexuality, but a lot to say about pride and love and judgement of others.
“What we’re seeking to do is put love first. How that’s going to work out I don’t know, and none of us do. Walking out or giving up on one another is not the way of love that we should pursue. I don’t know the way forward. I hope we won’t have to have a split, but the split I’m most concerned about is the split in love where people stop loving one another.”
Jayne Ozanne, a member of General Synod, and another of the signatories, said: “There are some within the LGBT community who are so fed up with being slandered and being held back, that they have lost patience with [the conservative wing]. My view is that it’s terribly important that we stick together because who is going to speak up for gay Christians in Africa or Asia if we go?”
The letter claims that the time has come for “acknowledgement that we, the Church, have failed in our duty of care to LGBTI members of the Body of Christ around the world. We have not loved them as we should, and have treated them as a problem to be solved rather than as brothers and sisters in Christ to be embraced and celebrated. We have made them feel second-class citizens in the Kingdom of God, often abandoned and alone”.
It also calls for “repentance for accepting and promoting discrimination on the grounds of sexuality, and for the pain and rejection that this has caused. We, the Church, need to apologize for our part in perpetuating rather than challenging ill-informed beliefs about LGBTI people, such as the slanderous view that homosexuals have a predisposition to prey on the young”.