Anglican Bishop Urges Conference to Tackle Homosexuality

We need to keep our fellow believers in Christ in our prayers as the Anglican church prepares to hold its Lambeth Conference, an event that occurs every ten years. According to The Christian Post, the Rt. Rev. Nigel McCulloch, the bishop of Manchester, is urging the conference to hold a public debate on homosexuality.

The Lambeth Conference, which is only convened once every ten years, has been embroiled in controversy with consistent rumors that many bishops will boycott the event in protest at the Anglican church body’s apparent loosening stance on homosexuality.

Despite the threat of schism within the worldwide Anglican Communion over the issue, there are no plans for a public debate on the matter at the landmark conference, and much of the conference will be taking place privately.

The bishop of Manchester criticized fellow bishops who are threatening to boycott the meeting in protest over the presence of leaders from The Episcopal Church at the conference. The Episcopal Church, the U.S. arm of Anglicanism, has been one of the most liberal branches in the communion, and in 2003 ordained the first openly gay bishop in Anglican Church history.

The spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, has spoken of his hope to maintain unity within the communion, and how the Lambeth Conference is a vital event to cement this. However, many boycotting bishops are now planning an alternative gathering in Jerusalem just a few weeks before the Lambeth Conference takes place in England.

I’m sorry–okay, I’m really not–but I think the boycotting bishops should only attend the conference if the intent is to make it the Anglican Church’s position to condemn the practice of homosexuality and to publicly censure the Episcopal Church in America for ordaining its first openly gay bishop 5 years ago. There can be no compromise on this issue. Sin is sin. And once a church openly and blatantly condones sin, it has lost all spiritual authority.

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