Lee Gatiss reports that on Sunday 11th January the Bishop of Leicester, Tim Stephens, appeared on the BBC’s debate show, “The Big Question”. The issue was the consecration of women as bishops, something he himself is clearly in favour of. As part of his contribution he signalled that what Scripture says cannot be taken as the word of God.
During the debate, Sarah Finch, a member of St. Helen’s Bishopsgate and a Lay representative on General Synod had quoted from 1 Timothy 2 (“I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man”), a passage of Scripture which directly addressed the issue being discussed. Yet the Bishop refused to countenance this, saying instead that “For Christians ‘the word of God’ is the life of Jesus. The Bible is the product of those who sought to understand the life of Jesus.”
I wonder if the bishop has ever read this?
...he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
If only the man who said that had been more enlightened…maybe the bishop will meet him someday.