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March 2016

Church Society has criticised the Anglican Communion for not enough action to restore ‘biblical integrity’.

The comments were made after the January meeting of Anglican Primates at Canterbury. According to a Church Society (CS) statement, it was a controversial meeting.

CS praised the fact that Anglican Primates ‘condemned homophobic prejudice and violence and resolved to work together to offer pastoral care and loving service irrespective of sexual orientation’.

It also welcomed the recognition that Christians ‘have often acted in a way towards people on the basis of their sexual orientation that has caused deep hurt’ and they resolve not to act in such a way again.

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However, CS criticised the Primates for failing to uphold God’s Word. In a statement, CS said: ‘[We need] action to restore the biblical integrity of the Anglican Communion, which has been tolerating the normalisation of sin in some places for far too long.

‘The Primates pointed out that the Episcopal Church’s (TEC’s) actions in America, in changing its doctrine of marriage to include same-sex unions, represents “a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of our provinces on the doctrine of marriage”.

‘We may have wished they said it was simply “a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching of the Bible”, but at least this is a good start, and TEC have been given a chance to change, before (we pray) further action is taken to clarify that this is not God’s plan for human flourishing.

‘Whether TEC could ever repent of its actions, however, given the strength of the lobby pushing for inclusion-without-repentance, remains to be seen’.

CS also pointed to 2 Timothy 2:25-26, which encourages us to pray that, ‘God might grant repentance and a knowledge of the truth to those who have been ensnared in false teaching’.

This comes as a poll among members of the Church of England revealed that more believe same-sex marriage is okay, than believe it is against God’s Word. According to media reports, support for same-sex marriage among church members has significantly increased over the past three years.

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