Late last week a liberal wing of the Christian community in America was rebuked by its larger denominational body for choosing to side with the culture instead of the Bible on the issue of homosexuality.
Anglican Archbishops from all over the world had gathered in Canterbury, England and voted to suspend the U.S. Episcopal Church over their embrace of gay marriage. The vote means that American Episcopalians will get no say in the decision making process for the worldwide Anglican community.
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) January 14, 2016
While American Episcopalian leaders are upset with the decision, it’s hard to blame the worldwide Anglican Church for their reasoning.
The Anglican archbishops called the American church’s direction an improperly “unilateral” rejection of “the traditional doctrine of the church in view of the teaching of Scripture, [which] upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union.”
The U.S. church’s decisions, the archbishops said, “create a deeper mistrust between us” and have caused “deep pain throughout our Communion.”
The Reverend Franklin Graham commended the Anglican Communion for standing up and chastising the U.S. Episcopal Church.
The Episcopal Church in the U.S. has just received a major scolding. The worldwide Anglican Communion voted to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church this week because it has embraced same-sex marriage, allowing the election of homosexual priests and allowing same-sex marriages to be performed. They deserve to be called out for this—it is wrong and is against what Almighty God clearly teaches in His Word. I hope this will cause the Episcopal Church here in America to realize the seriousness of the steps they’ve taken contrary to the Bible and cause them to turn back to following what God’s Word tells us.
The Bishop of the American community of Anglicans, the Reverend Michael Curry, argued that the decision would only bring more pain.
“For so many who are committed to following Jesus in the way of love and being a church that lives that love, this decision will bring real pain,” he said. “For fellow disciples of Jesus in our church who are gay or lesbian, this will bring more pain. For many who have felt and been rejected by the church because of who they are, for many who have felt and been rejected by families and communities, our church opening itself in love was a sign of hope. And this will add pain on top of pain.”
He had more to say on the subject in a short interview.
Let me say this, Bishop Curry seems to be sincere in his desire to loving and accepting of everyone for the sake of the Gospel. However, what he seems not to realize is that the American Episcopal Church has rejected the authority of Scripture in their efforts to pursue what they believe to be “the loving” thing. How can their decision to embrace homosexuality, gender confusion and gay marriage be the “loving thing” to do – when the Bible explicitly says that it is not? What the American Episcopal Church has decided is that they know better than God. That is profoundly wrong and deeply saddening. I applaud the Anglican Communion’s decision to rebuke the American Episcopalian’s, but I would argue that they should have gone much further in their discipline of the American denomination.
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