Singer Elton John has claimed that Jesus Christ would have supported gay marriage.
According to reports, Sir Elton told Sky News’ Murnaghan Show that rules preventing gay clergy from getting married were ‘old and stupid things’ and had little basis in real faith.
Sir Elton said, ‘The church hierarchy, the traditionalists, might be up in arms about it but times have changed. If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen.
‘He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that is what the church should be about’. However, Sir Elton’s comments have no basis in Scripture and the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sir Elton’s controversial comments came after a second same-sex wedding took place at a Church of England church, involving a minister and his partner, in defiance of the CofE’s ban on homosexual clerics.
Rev. Andrew Cain, Vicar of St Mary with All Souls in Kilburn and St James in West Hampstead, married his partner Stephen Foreshew, becoming the second CofE clergyman to defy the church’s ban on homosexual clerics marrying.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern and a member of the General Synod, said, ‘It is extraordinarily disappointing that just months after the House of Bishops clarified its instruction that homosexual clergy should not marry, yet another minister has acted in open defiance.
‘The Church structure should discipline clergy for openly defying and testing the authority of the leaders of the Church in this way’.