Episcopal Church formally approves blessing for same-sex couples
The Episcopal Church has approved a liturgy that will allow priests to bless same-sex couples, making the church the biggest in the United States to endorse such a rite.
Starting on Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent, priests whose bishops give the OK will be allowed to bless the unions of gay and lesbian couples, whether same-sex marriage is legal in that state or not. (It‚Äôs currently legal in six states, as well as in Washington, D.C.)
The church‚Äôs two voting bodies approved the rite by nearly an 80% majority Tuesday at the Episcopal General Convention in Indianapolis.
‚ÄúThere is a place in this process for every Episcopalian regardless of their level of support,‚ÄĚ Bishop Thomas Ely of Vermont said during the debate, according to a story on the Episcopal Church website. ‚ÄúRead it. Reflect upon it. Use it, but please don‚Äôt ignore it.‚ÄĚ...
"While the liturgy we have developed is not called ‚Äėmarriage,‚Äô we recognize significant parallels,‚ÄĚ the committee wrote in its handbook on blessing same-sex marriages"
Clearly it is Episcopalian policy to follow the world. What the world does so shall we do say the episcopalians. Worldliness is the very opposite of Christianity and the real Christian knows this. Today the real Christian can tell which is the true Bible believing church quite easily by observing its stance on sodomite behaviour.
The Episcopalian/Anglican church is no longer Bible obedient. For whatever sinful reasons they have written their own book on religion and exchanged the sin/lust of the flesh for the Word and Law of God. Ditch the Bible - keep the sin!
Christians no longer go to the Episcopalian church, just as Christians no longer attend the idolatrous Roman Catholic church. They have gone over to worldliness a path which true Christians cannot walk. Thus do we perceive the difference between the faithful and the religious.
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" The true Gospel preaching diminishes daily - The end is in sight??
Schiflett wrote: It is commonly understood that the election of the Reverend Gene Robinson, an openly gay priest, to be bishop of the diocese of New Hampshire was undertaken in clear opposition to traditional church teaching and Scripture. What is often left unsaid is that this is hardly the first time tradition has been trounced. The Reverend Gene Robinson‚Äôs sexual life was an issue and was accommodated, just as the Episcopal Church earlier found a way to embrace bishops who believe that Jesus is no more divine, at least in a supernatural sense, than Bette Midler.