The letter explains that the Church needs to embrace what it means to be ‘human’ and ‘sexual.’
As the so-called “gay agenda” moves ahead, two things have begun to stand out. To begin with, the problem isn’t that gays don’t deserve to be treated fairly (they do), but they often demand acceptance into paths of life diametrically opposed to their life choices. Secondly, those who are supposed to stand by things like the historic Christian teaching of the church are failing to do so while the PC mindset infects houses of worship, as the Conservative Tribune reported today.
The Diocese of Lichfield in Staffordshire, England, has published a document that calls for “transgender individuals to enter the priesthood.” The letter goes even further and informs members that “to ask about an individual’s sexual preferences or desires” is “almost always inappropriate.” This new “framework” for leadership roles have many confused and saddened.
As church attendance numbers sag in modern times, rather than proclaiming the truth even more boldly, some people feel that an eraser is being taken to the Bible. The paper, released on May 9, said that “(w)ork is underway at the level of the Church of England nationally on a major new Teaching Document.”
The purpose of the screed is “to set out a framework for what it means to be human and sexual,” the paper also stated.
Even leaders of the church are allowed to be gay now and this is a vital point to understand. While any sinner is no worse or better than another sinner (and therefore welcomed in church), priests, pastors, leaders, and others in such positions have always been held to a higher standard. That has gone out the window now that those who wrote the document “wish to affirm that LGBT+ people can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church.”
“We very much hope that they, like everyone else, feel encouraged to serve on PCCs (parochial church councils), or as churchwardens and worship leaders, for instance, and are supported in exploring vocations to licensed lay and ordained ministries. Nobody should be told that their sexual or gender identity in itself makes them an unsuitable candidate for leadership in the Church,” it is written.
The paper admitted, “there is considerable, sometimes passionate, disagreement about the theological and ethical issues involved in these matters” but added, “this disagreement is naturally to be found in our own diocese too, and as bishops we are committed to encouraging people with differing views to meet, pray and talk together.”
Pray for what together? Pray that the Bible suddenly changes text and welcomes preachers with mental disorders?
The document even opined, “Intrusive questioning about someone’s sexual practices or desires, or their experience of gender, is almost always inappropriate. It is also unacceptable to tell or insinuate to people that sexual orientation or gender identity will be changed by faith, or that homosexuality or gender difference is a sign of immaturity or a lack of faith.”
Filling the collection plate seems to be the driving purpose behind this. “As Archbishop Justin has made clear, the perception that the Church is homophobic and transphobic is harming our mission, especially to young people,” the diocese confessed. “We need to challenge this perception by reaching out to LGBT+ people with the good news of God’s love, modeling God’s welcome and care for all people.”
The Tribune points out that when Jesus said that Christians would be hated for his namesake, those of this church think that it did not apply to them.
Beyond that, the fact is that the Bible does not hate gays, does not say to hate gays, nor is condoning of hurting gays. Sexual sin, of a homosexual nature or not, is frowned up in the good book. So is a myriad of other sins and that is the purpose of forgiveness and the teaching of His word.
This truth is dampened when it is not understood and the fact that each person has fallen short of the mark. Who needs to be forgiven if there is no longer a clear definition of what sin is?