Monday, 11 May 2009

The Rothesay Report Theological Rationale for Same-Sex Marriages

That a church that even calls itself Christian could even entertain such a report as this defies all reason.
The theological rationale for same-sex marriages has been made powerfully and faithfully in the past few decades by theologians throughout the Church, This document attempts to give the briefest summary of some of the themes in that theological literature. We merely indicate the strength and weight of the arguments that are to be found in the theological literature authored by advocates of same-sex marriages.

The following video perfectly represents what I believe is the future of the liberal Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal church of the US as they continue to wander, no, flee, from the true faith of Christianity. Imagine the Mr McGoo's who are leading their churches down this broad road to destruction, blindly sitting on the ground floors in their indaba groups, discussing the finer points of culturally sensitive theological modifications, while their buildings collapse around them in a cascades of irrelevance.

They are bringing it on themselves.

Take Care
h/t Anglican Samizdat


Anonymous said...

As a layperson (and theologically untrained), I was dismayed to see the Rothesay Report dismiss portions of the Bible as being “historically and culturally conditioned” (see para 25) and to also read grand themes of the Bible (ie., loving God and others) as being in OPPOSITION to those sections of the Bible prohibiting same-sex intimacy (see para 26).

Unless I mistaken, this is 100% contrary to Article XX of the Anglican Church's Thirty-Nine Articles: “The Church hath power to decree rites or ceremonies and authority in controversies of faith; and yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain anything contrary to God's word written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture, that it be repugnant to another”.

This type of biblical "hermeneutic" is also contrary to how universal Christianity through history has read the Bible. Applying ALL of Scripture to our lives and adopting an interpretation that is consistent with the whole of Scriptures has been foundational to Christianity since the ecumenical creeds were developed (in a way, that was the entire point of the creeds, as corrective, interpretive lenses of Scripture).

So in trying to limit the Bible in these ways, where is the Anglican Church of Canada wanting to go? Jehovah Witnesses started as a well-meaning bible study group that misread Scriptures to deny that the Father and the Son as of the "same substance".

If this proceeds, this will be a seismic shift away from universal Christianity. I wish the well-meaning proponents of this shift would have the honesty to admit it.

John K said...

Thank you for a literate and intelligent comment. It is one thing to see "savage wolves" among the flock, but it is heartbreaking to see them dragging the entire denomination one has come to love along with them.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous" again!

Thank you for raising awareness of this issue. It is sad to see well-meaning Christians from increasingly liberal denominations unwittingly take the Gospel to places it clearly wasn't intended to go.

The Diocese of New Westminster had luminaries such as John Stott warning them not to adopt same-sex blessings, yet I suspect generations of liberal Christian instruction lulled the majority of their clergy and laypeople into believing they could take this radical step as a sign of a "faithful, Spirit-led" move of inclusion.

As far as I can see, they have made a very weak theological case for this step but have now gone too far to back-track and so will continue to push this new "hermeneutic" as a faithful reading of Scriptures.

Anonymous said...

Oops, I meant "J. J. Packer" lives in New Westminster!! (Although I'm sure John Stott would have warned Bishop Ingham as well!)

John K said...

I don't think those leading the church away from orthodoxy on the issue of sexuality are really that concerned with what Scripture says. I believe they have an agenda of "inclusiveness" and the only reason they use Scripture at all is so they can convince others that they care about it, and to try to justify their actions. But you are right, their interpretations in this area are a complete stretch.

They may see their agenda of inclusiveness as a good thing, but all inclusiveness at any cost is a dangerous thing. They are leading their followers astray. Jesus was anything but inclusive in matters of right and wrong, truth and falsehood. Mat 12:30, Mat 7:13-14