Sunday, January 06, 2013

A Bishop's Particular Responsibility

The Church of England’s House of Bishops recently announced that clergy in civil partnerships can become bishops, but they must remain celibate.

As if...

The Most Rev’d Dr Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, released a statement on the matter that can be found at T19,

"However, the heart of the matter is not enforceability, but that bishops have a particular responsibility to be examples of godly living.
The Archbishop doesn't agree with what the revisionist church has defined as "godly living," and to me this is the heart of the matter: convinced that when they see loving homosexual relationships that these are examples of godly living, it then becomes a requirement of the revisionist leader to force it down everybody else's throats.
It cannot be right that they are able to enter into legally recognised relationships which institutionalise and condone behaviour that is completely contrary to the clear and historic teaching of Scripture, as reaffirmed for Anglicans by the 1998 Lambeth Conference in its Resolution 1.10."
According to the revisionist, the only thing clear about the historic teaching of Scripture is that it is clearly homophobic and clearly wrong.
"The weight of this moral teaching cannot be supported by a flimsy proviso. In his teaching about marriage, Jesus reaffirms that marriage is the coming together of a man and a woman in accordance with the pattern of creation itself when he says ‘from the beginning of creation God made them male and female’ (Mark 10:6). For the health and well being of both church and society we must promote this great God given gift of marriage without compromise and ambiguity."
Here in the U.S., many would agree that our society is unhealthy. Many also would say that certain Churches are unhealthy. The statistics seem to show that TEc is in decline, and this I consider to be a sign of illness.  Perhaps only future historians will be able to properly assess the effects of the loss of the strength of the moral teachings of Jesus on our society. As far as today's moral wasteland goes, someday it too will cry for the blessed rain of Jesus' words to wash us so that we might return to the health that He desires for us.

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