Or, you could say, the Church of England stands in opposition to God. Offensive as it may sound, what else do you call it when a portion of the Church (Universal) basically chooses to omit what the Bible is clearly saying and choose the pressure of culture instead?
That's what the Church of England has just done in a majority vote to include transgenders and members of the LGBT community into the fold. Now, what exactly does that mean? Does it just mean that gay people are allowed to come to church? No, that would not be wrong.
What the Church of England has just said is that being gay or transgender is "not a sin." The Christian Post reports that the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, declared: "As the world listens to us, the world needs to hear us say that LGBT orientation and identity is not a crime. LGBT orientation and identity is not a sickness. And LGBT orientation and identity is not a sin," Bayes said emphatically.
Now, certainly no Bible-believing Christian would want an LGBT person to go to prison or even be persecuted; however it is impossible to ignore the numerous times God says in the Bible that he does not like homosexuality and that he created sexual relationship for a man and a woman in marriage. Here are just a few of the verses that clearly state God's view:
"We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me." (1 Timothy 1:9-11)
“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:6-9)
"Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (I Corinthians 6:9-11)
What the Church of England's bold choice necessarily entails is the eventual pastoral leadership of gay and transgendered people. If you can be saved and be LGBT, why can't you be a pastor? The logic is clear. What is also means is that this move will, unfortunately, heavily influence other denominations around the world, as it sets a strong precedent.
This writer's bias is clear. Homosexuality is not condoned by God and deserves healing, not celebration. But what about you? What do you think? Share your thoughts (kindly please) in the Comments! Thank you!