So the Bishops have finished discussing one of the most serious divisions in the Anglican communion – that of homosexual ordination – but no resolution has been found.
In an report published by the BBC, 670 bishops met and then split up into groups of 40 to discuss what the bible says about homosexuality. The aim of doing it this way was obviously to keep disruptions to the minimum and to allow all voices to be heard. The problem with doing it this way was that there was no vote, and no resolution. According to the BBC, conference officials acknowledged that none of the bishops had changed his or her mind about sexuality. So where does that leave the communion? Well, if no decision is made against homosexual ordination then isn’t that in itself a decision? Won’t now more gay & lesbians seek and be granted ordination? So in essence this is a vote of silence to continue to allow the division to run deeper and deeper.
However, it would seem that the Times has the inside scoop (even though the media aren’t allowed to monitor the discussions at the Conference). It maintains that the summary document that will be published tomorrow will include “unexpectedly strong concerns about the liberal direction that the Anglican Church in the West is taking over homosexuality.” Things aren’t settled and it will be a few more days, if not weeks, before the views of bishops on each side of the debate are made known.
As for me, well I can’t see what all the fuss is about … the Bible clearly describes homosexual acts as sinful and that need to be repented of. This is called sin. All kinds of habitual sin lifestyles are commanded to be repented of (whether you are gay or not). The Bible says that these habitual sin lifestyles leads to death (spiritual & physical) but that God made a way to kick the habit and give us the gift of eternal life. He sent His Son to die in our place, taking the punishment that should have come to us. He proved He as God by rising from the dead and now sits in heaven with the Father defending us against Satan who is the accuser.
So I haven’t got a problem with a gay or lesbain person wanting to be a Bishop so long as they “get saved”, cast of their habitual sin lifestyle, and live a holy life.