Packer said his departure stems from the liberal leanings of his former bishop, Michael Ingham. “He doesn’t believe the things God tells us in the Bible,” Packer told Charisma. “He believes homosexual unions can be a form of holiness. I believe homosexual unions are not part of God’s way. They are barren and mess up human nature.”
With the recent sanctioning of same-sex blessings in the ACC, 15 large Anglican churches in Canada, including St. John’s Shaughnessy, have left the church and joined forces with the conservative Anglican Network based in Canada. Lesley Bentley, spokeswoman for St. John’s Shaughnessy, said the 15 churches that left the ACC represent the number of people in 13 of the 29 dioceses in Canada. “Our church alone has 800 attending Sunday morning services,” she said. “We’re the churches who are growing and planting other churches.”
Ingham, bishop of the diocese of New Westminster, where St. John’s Shaughnessy is located, threatened court action in February when church members voted to come under Venables’ authority. “Basically, the ACC wants the church building,” Bentley said. “The court action threatened was abandonment of ministry because the priests here aren’t under the authority of Michael Ingham anymore.”
The shadows of persecution over issues of homosexuality continue to grow longer and stronger. As liberals take control of denominations, punitive actions against those who refuse to accept the new milennium golden cow are sure to follow.
Are you still in a church where homosexual affirming theology is being pushed? If so what are you doing about it and when are you going to speak up?