In July, 2017, the General Synod of the Church of England officially passed a motion welcoming and affirming transgender people to the church. A bishop went on record declaring that being LGBT is "not a sin." "That this Synod, recognizing the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person's gender transition," the motion that passed on Sunday reads.Archbishop Justin Welby desired to retain marriage as defined by one man and one woman but this has now become private opinion in the face of an official vote by the Church of England. The C of E joins the Scots, who were first, but appears to have sealed the great divide between Anglicans in Africa and the mother church in England. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, the Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates Council, wrote after The Scottish Episcopal Church's decided to change its laws on marriage -- we can only assume that a current statement will echo the same opinion now that the Church of England has followed suit:
According to the official CofE website, the vote was 30 for the motion and two opposed in the House of Bishops with 127 who backing the motion and 28 against it in the House of Clergy and with 127 for and 48 against in the House of Laity.
The Rev. Christopher Newlands of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod said at the beginning of the assembly: "I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives."
"This attempt to redefine marriage is not a secondary issue about which we can agree to disagree and continue to walk together. It means that Jesus was mistaken when he taught that marriage was between a man and a woman and that sex outside of such a marriage is a sin. "It is a radical rejection of the authority of Scripture. The Church claims that it can consecrate behavior that God's Word clearly teaches to be sinful. According to the Bible, this behavior, without repentance, separates those who practice it from his kingdom."Although the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, declared: "As the world listens to us, the world needs to hear us say that LGBT orientation and identity is not a crime," it is more likely just the opposite -- the C of E is listening to the world and has closeted the voice of Scripture to join in the chorus of assent that began with the media and was joined by culture. How far are Europeans willing to go to bow toward the altar of political correctness and give up the Biblical witness? We can only wait to find out! In case the Queen finds it uncomfortable to be head of a church that follows the prevailing wind, I guess she could become Roman Catholic or Lutheran. What say you, Elizabeth?