Noted Hoax Dupe: Jeffrey John Rejection “Bigoted, Prejudiced, Narrow-Minded”
It is a capitulation to forces within the Church of England and the Anglican Communion which represent a reactionary attitude to scripture and a negative attitude towards the glory, goodness and infinite variety and beauty of God’s creation.
It communicates an image of the church and Christianity to our nation in which we are perceived to be bigoted, prejudiced, narrow-minded and lacking in the primary Christian virtue of love.
It may be the final opportunity to nominate Jeffrey to a diocese and it may be the last opportunity the Archbishop of Canterbury has to appoint an openly gay person as a bishop, but that isn’t what matters tonight, because the Church of England still has closeted gay bishops and an increasing number of open and partnered LGBT priests.
Reform, Anglican Mainstream, Stand Firm, VirtueOnline and the other conservative forces in the church don’t seem to understand that God simply calls LGBT into faith and ministry and we find ways of inhabiting space in the church in which, despite the painful attacks and scandalous dishonesty, remains a place in which we can live into the Kingdom of God, creating by our presence and example, a church which is in the process of welcoming all, saints and sinners, redeemed and in need of redemption, all on the way to a holy transformation.
I can’t speak for Reform, Anglican Mainstream, and VirtueOnline, but as for Stand Firm, we certainly do understand that God simply calls LGBT into faith and ministry, and that they find ways of inhabiting space in the church. Now, we happen to have very different definitions of “painful attacks and scandalous dishonesty” - what they call “painful attacks” we usually call “spirited disagreement.”
But what Colin Coward doesn’t seem to understand is that God calls all sinners into faith and ministry. The difference between LGBT’s and the rest of us, is that the rest of us don’t attempt to redefine our sins as holy things. We don’t try and create social justice campaigns based on our peculiar set of dysfunctions. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders do. In the context of sin as defined in Holy Scripture, Colin Coward and Jeffrey John and all the rest are no different in their sexual attraction than the next Anglican is in his gluttony, or the next one is in her adultery. Only to the extent that the church embraces an error can it make a distinction between them.
The only way the Anglican Communion can be a church that is “bigoted, prejudiced, narrow-minded and lacking in the primary Christian virtue of love,” is if by that it’s meant that we stand by what the Bible teaches about homosexual behavior. If the church has decided it can’t consecrate as bishop an openly gay, activist priest who advocates upending the Bible’s and the church’s teaching on sexual morality, that is not hate. It may not make John and the church’s gay activist wing happy, but it’s hardly bigotry, prejudice or narrow-mindedness.
Perhaps one day the gay wing of the church will grow up and realize this, but I won’t be holding my breath.
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