Church of England facing gay theology schism

Some adherents in the Church of England are starting to see what will invariably be the big issue to divide Christendom. Like the slave issue of our not so distant past, the acceptance of sexually active homosexuals into the life of the church despite the clear prohibitions of scripture, has forced many to draw clear lines of fellowship. The London Times reported Tuesday that two churches are taking shape: one progay, the other strictly biblical.

The schism over gays that has seen two dioceses vote to “leave” the US Episcopal Church is threatening to split the Church of England.

On October 14 parishes were urged to seek alternative oversight from another bishop if their own diocesan bishop expounded “unbiblical” teaching.

But he [Rev. Rod Thomas] continued: “However, where the teaching and actions of a bishop promote an unbiblical way of thinking, then we simply have to look elsewhere for a bishop. If we fail to do this then our congregations will not see us taking New Testament teaching seriously and the process of accommodation will continue.”

Other major denominations in the US are slowly but surely experiencing the outer bands of this growing crisis of faith and doctrine. Wise ones will note what is happening and begin making preparations to deal with the homosexual issue openly, directly and biblically. Those who live in a state of denial because they are pentecostal or holiness oriented stand to be the most impacted and quite frankly already are. Some already have “closeted” homosexual leaders in place waiting for time and opportunity.

If you think that the coming divisions will produce a majority of those who are “strictly biblical” think again.  The emergent, postmodernist thinking so prevalent in many contemporary churches will seek compromise with homosexuals rather than stand sole on scripture.  Our blog partner at Red Giant  wrote that the minority will invariably be subjected to persecution from those who claim to be more “enlightened and progressive.”

At first, most will not recognize it as persecution, since only a handful of Christians will suffer. These persecuted Christians will be a decided minority, the ones who are already dismissed as “right-wingers,” “fundamentalists,” “creationists,” “haters,” “hijackers of the faith,” and the like. The multitudes will delight when a few of these Christians are successfully forced to renounce their backward beliefs and confess their error to the public.

These Bible-believing Christians will be scapegoats. For years, the media and universities have cast them as the number-one supporters of an unpopular administration — with the implication that, ideologically, they share the blame for its perceived failures and offenses. The irrational rage directed at that administration won’t stop after it’s gone. The blame will only be shifted to those religionists who dared to involve (the wrong) faith in the political process.

These Christians will be outcasts among their own. They will be shunned in polite society by the greater body of nominal Christians. When their voices are silenced, their worldly brethren will not lift a finger in protest. The reason? These particular Christians are harmful. They stand in the way of progress, peace, unity, and change. It is for the greater good that they go away.

So, the question remains.  Where will you stand when the flag goes up? With God or with those who have theologically evolved beyond what the bible declares?
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3 thoughts on “Church of England facing gay theology schism

  1. hmmm, very interesting. Despite the gay issue at hand (stand with God or the described progressives), you seem to propose that acceptance of homosexuality means that you cannot stand with God and live in His Kingdom. It implies that the described progressives are standing against God and His Gospel (which has nothing to do with homosexuality, does it?). So now it seems that those who stand with God also are going to have to add a new line item to their Statement of Faith… something which includes text along the lines of… ‘Those who continue in the activities of which are banned in His Word cannot enter His Kingdom, including acts of adultry, murder, idolatry, homosexuallity, etc…”; essentialy salvation by works.

    I can see that things are headed toward division of the current church, but to say that those who accept homosexuals into their fellowship are standing against God and His Word, is to condemn them. My response is to be very careful because you seem to be taking some sort of authority, given by your own righteousness, to practice justice, and damn people out of the Kingdom of God. I know that it is not your intention, but it comes across that way.

    I have met some homosexuals who have more faith than the pastors who teach them. What then?

    I’m thinking that God’s Will and His kingdom do not depend on human’s progress of homosexuality in His church at all, but perhaps a greater vision.

    It seems that we are distracting ourselves from God by dividing over such a non-critical issue. All that really has to be done is to love one another. It’s that simple. We *all* have acceptance issues, and homosexuals simply want to be accepted by their family and friends.

    Nobody can explain why homosexuals are the way they are, so to push them out of God’s Church is an act of hatred, and in my mind, sin.

    By making things so black and white, you are forcing a division and effectively eradicating all the work God has worked on in your community. Please, please, please, stop creating this division and start excepting and loving homosexuals, in the same way you accept others into your fellowship. Trust me, you might learn a thing or two from them.

    -Rick

  2. The state church of England has been highly problematic for a long time, and by that I mean into the hundreds, not merely tens, of years. And yes, a big part of the problem has been the concept of “Christendom”, which means a state church in which a person becomes a member by virtue of being a citizen in a certain country and having been baptized, usually as an infant. The result is a whole mass of people in the church that do not believe and do not pretend to, but the state church is obliged to come up with doctrines and practices to accommodate them. Christendom = mixing church and the world, and that is the problem with the church of England and every other state church that has ever existed.

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