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Same-sex blessing decision will make God sad say evangelists

02 Oct 2021 3 minutes Read
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Weeks after the Church in Wales voted in favour of allowing blessing for same sex unions, an Evangelist group has decided that the move will “grieve the heart of God”.

The Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales (EFCW) took a while to respond to the two thirds majority decision made earlier this month by the Church in Wales’s governing body to allow blessing for same sex unions on an experimental basis for five years.

In a statement released this week it accuses the church of defying “the apostolic faith as revealed in scripture” and goes on to say: “The only biblical context for sexual activity is heterosexual marriage”.

The statement goes onto say that while it recognises that the church may have been hurtful and insensitive to LGBT+ people in the past, it feels that welcoming same sex couples should depend on them remaining celibate.

It accuses the church of changing the doctrine on marriage and of dishonouring “those who, persuaded that Scripture teaches that sexual activity is restricted to heterosexual marriage, have chosen to remain celibate”.

The statement continued: “This decision has damaged the Church in Wales’ relationship with the majority of the provinces in the global Anglican Communion, which remain committed to an orthodox understanding of human sexuality.

“By the same token, for many in EFCW, the decision has also impaired our relationships with our bishops and our relationships with those clerics who choose to perform such blessings. This decision has brought disunity to God’s Church. Such disunity is a grave and serious matter which grieves the heart of God.”

The Fellowship warns that a significant number of Welsh Anglicans, including attendees, Sunday school teachers and clergy have already resigned, or will resign, as a result of the decision and it calls for the appointment of a new bishop who will offer “protection and care” to those who refuse to bless same-sex couple due to their “understanding of the doctrine of marriage as only being between a man and a woman”.

Inclusion

Despite the EFCW’s vehement rejection of the decision, LGBTQ+ campaigners and others within the church have declared that the Church in Wales has done the right thing.

Gregory Cameron, bishop of St Asaph, told the Guardian that the result is a “huge step forward for the church and for us all in Wales”.

He continued: “I think it’s the hope of the bishops that within those five years, we’ll be able to come to a consensus on same-sex marriage. And when it comes to deciding whether to continue with the blessing service, perhaps the church will be in a position to be bold enough to take a further step on gay and lesbian inclusion.”

Jayne Ozanne, a campaigner for LGBT+ equality in the Church of England, said she was thrilled by the vote, adding: “I yearn for the day when the Church of England has the courage to make the same step.”

The C of E does not recognise same-sex marriages, forbids clergy to bless same-sex unions and insists gay and lesbian clergy must be celibate. The Scottish Episcopal church voted to allow same-sex couples to marry in church in 2017.

Ozanne continued: “If we want all in our care to flourish and thrive, and for our churches to grow, we must learn to embrace diversity and be known as people who practise what we preach. Love is love, and where this is found between two adults it is something that should be celebrated and blessed.”

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hdavies15
hdavies15
21 days ago

Oh dear, something as low key as a same sex blessing might make God sad ! These mugs don’t grasp the fact that their God has probably been very sad, and very angry for millenia ever since mankind decided that the best way to resolve disputes was to hack each other to bits. Evangelists do not set a good example. Like most fundamentalists they despise the values held by other creeds – our belief above all others – the ultimate cry of the supremacist. So they will endorse bombing the crap out of another country if that place is home… Read more »

CJPh
CJPh
21 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

And just like that, Mr Davies, you fall into the same trap you (rightly) accuse many evangelical Christians accuse of succumbing to also. Live and let live, fallai?

hdavies15
hdavies15
21 days ago
Reply to  CJPh

not at all. They are the ones who habitually seek to tell others how they should live and are utterly intolerant of anyone who doesn’t abide by their own absurd orthodoxy. I merely suggested they should “suffer the fate” as it just might let some light into their dark minds, though I suspect that is a forlorn hope. Religious fundamentalists of all types, not just the Christian sects, are a curse on society rarely if ever bringing any good. They thrive on division and narrowness.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
21 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

What did the Pope fellow say? “Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,The proper study of mankind is Man.”.

Though, perhaps, “To err is human, To forgive divine.” from his Essay on Criticism would be more appropriate!

Last edited 21 days ago by Huw Davies
hdavies15
hdavies15
21 days ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

The Pope is part of the problem, not the solution.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
21 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Not Pope Alexander but Alexander Pope!

hdavies15
hdavies15
21 days ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

You seem to know a lot of popes, the only pope I knew was a plumber !

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
19 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Can we just agree that anyone who says they know what God thinks is not to be taken entirely seriously. It’s hard enough to know what people are thinking let alone some celestial being!

Ann
Ann
21 days ago

Marriage as we now know it in the UK only became common after the Marriage Act of 1836 when marriage in nonconformist places of worship and registry offices became legal. Prior to that it had been as much about contacts between the more well to do families as much as about a loving committed relationship between 2 consenting adults. It is also interesting to note that “The legal age of marriage without parental consent (full age) was 21. The legal age of marriage for boys with parental consent was 14 and 12 for girls up to 1929.” Certificates and indexes… Read more »

Arwyn
Arwyn
21 days ago

A matter of opinion. As is the matter of the bible being the “Word of God.” Though I’ve always been a little puzzled by liberal Christians with a relaxed attitude to “the scriptures.” How do they know which bits God meant and which bits he didn’t? Conservative Christians are much simpler in that respect. They’re happy to swallow the prejudices of two to three millenia past as “gospel truth.” This is just the conservative wing of the church being upset at the liberal wing for basing their mores on social change as opposed to religious ideology. Happy to be a… Read more »

Erisian
Erisian
21 days ago

Isn’t presuming to know what your hypothetical God thinks a prety serious sin?
It’s not like the Bumber boys own book of Jewish origin myths and the ramblings of St Paul et al can be considered reliable on the subjects, just what they thought they heard it say.

hdavies15
hdavies15
21 days ago
Reply to  Erisian

You mean the bumper book ? That “bumber book” sounds seriously dodgy, or is it just a case of big fingers on small keypad ? I’m taking the p*ss too much so big risk that the God thing will give me a shock with one of those mighty bolts. or was that Thor ?

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
21 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Zeus?

j humphrys
j humphrys
21 days ago

You know, I wonder about some “Welsh Nationalists”. They are much more Bolshevist!

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William Glyn THOMAS
William Glyn THOMAS
23 hours ago

If there was such a thing as god then it would ensure that there would be no gender differences.

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