I remember that one of the first Christian choruses I learned as a child was , “He’s the same today, as yesterday, my Great Unchanging Friend”. I wonder how many clergy in the national churches of Scotland and England believe that God is unchanging.
Anglican Mainstream, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph all carry pieces about Justin Welby’s speech to the General Synod
In one sense, Justin Welby is totally correct. There is a sea change in the attitudes of world which has brought the church into opposition with the temporal authorities because the church has, in the main, continued to speak as if it believes Scripture is the marker by which all of our lives should be aligned. I know that it is not universally so, with scandals affecting the church in almost every generation, from the untruths of Ananias and Sapphira to the present day.
One has to question the archbishop’s choice of helper in dealing with homophobic bullying in schools, Stonewall. I would have thought that the assistance of someone with a sound Scriptural pedigree in this area, like Professor Robert Gagnon, would have been much more helpful. This is what Professor Gagnon had to say about the duty of love to people who engage in homosexual behaviour.
I wonder whether the church has forgotten that it has a duty to love its people as Jesus loved. It is not a case of love means never having to say you’re sorry, but rather love hurts. The worst thing that can happen to any person atr any time is that they fail to have eternal life. As Ezekiel was told, if the watchman fails to warn the people of danger, then their blood is on his head. We can love people who are of homosexual orientation and even those who are sexually active, but that love does not mean endorsing their activities when God’s Word clearly states that this activity is an abomination to God. We should rather warn the person, to bring that person back into the Kingdom of God. That is surely the greatest love that one can have for another, that one shows them how to find or keep eternal life.