Church of England reaffirms biblical teaching on sex and marriage
'For Christians, marriage â that is the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows â remains the proper context for sexual activity... Sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God's purposes for human beings. The introduction of same sex marriage... has not changed the church's teaching on marriage or same sex relationships.'
More pastorally, it adds: 'In its approach to civil partnerships the Church seeks to uphold that standard, to affirm the value of committed, sexually abstinent friendships and to minister sensitively and pastorally to those Christians who conscientiously decide to order their lives differently.'
Newspaper coverage and comments on social media have largely been some combination of hostile to this restatement of traditional biblical teaching and incredulous that the Church has not moved with the...
"Enter John Owen. Thomas Watson. Richard Baxter. Thomas Brooks. Jeremiah Burroughs. William Gurnall. The Puritans. They didnât live in a world more pure than ours, but they helped create one that valued biblical literacy. Owenâs work on indwelling sin is the most liberating balm to someone who feels owned by sexual sin. You are what (and how) you read. J. C. Ryle said it takes the whole Bible to make a whole Christian. Why does sin lurk in the minds of believers as a law, demanding to be obeyed? How do we have victory if sinâs tentacles go so deep, if Satan knows our names and addresses? We stand on the ordinary means of grace: Scripture reading, prayer, worship, and the sacraments. " (R. Butterfield)
Wikipedia wrote: Anglicans base their Christian faith on the Bible, traditions of the apostolic Church, apostolic succession ("historic episcopate") [ https://tinyurl.com/ztwnjwa ] and writings of the Church Fathers, Anglicanism forms one of the branches of Western Christianity; having definitively declared its independence from the Holy See at the time of the Elizabethan Religious Settlement. Many of the new Anglican formularies of the mid-16th century corresponded closely to those of contemporary Protestantism. These reforms in the Church of England were understood by one of those most responsible for them, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, as navigating a middle way between two of the emerging Protestant traditions, namely Lutheranism and Calvinism. By the end of the century, the retention in Anglicanism of many traditional liturgical forms and of the episcopate was already seen as unacceptable by those promoting the most developed Protestant principles.
-- https://tinyurl.com/zpevoq9 (Anglicanism)
As you can see, Adriel, the Anglican Church is never going to become a Baptist one. it's easier for Christians to remove themselves from it, rather than try to reform itâ
Well now! All we need now is that the Church of England "Affirm" the WHOLE Bible and become an orthodox church.
Or else...... 2Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." =============
From Article: ""Newspaper coverage and comments on social media have largely been some combination of hostile to this restatement of traditional biblical teaching and incredulous that the Church has not moved with the times.""
As if we didn't know! Satan's media are against all Bible and Christian truths.
As for "moving on with the times" The reprobate media is on its way to hell and damnation.
Will Jones wrote: .... So while the new statement is certainly welcome, the future for the C of E remains uncertain. Many in the last few days have commented that with outdated morals like these no wonder church attendance is declining. But in fact it is churches which continue to believe in and teach the Bible that are doing much betterÂ [ https://tinyurl.com/wa4rq47 ] than churches which try to move with the times.
Will Jones wrote: Although the C of E is currently in the middle of a process of examiningÂ its teaching on sex and marriage, due to report in the autumn, its official position has not yet changed. Its pastoral guidance, on the other hand, is already very accommodating to those who do not live by biblical standards, stressing that no one should be denied baptism, communion or participation in church life if they 'conscientiously decide to order their lives differently'. This gap between formal teaching and pastoral practice has resulted in a widening gulf between theory and reality, contributing to confusion among churchgoers and wider society about what the church believes in this area....
excerpt from, " from the article that SA used"
The Church of England should be called The Waffle Church.