We call for the expulsion of the Scottish Episcopal Church from the Anglican Communion
Senior Anglican Minister Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow and himself homosexual, has called for Christians to pray for Prince George to be gay, in order to force the Church of England to support same-sex marriage.
He reportedly said that if the future monarch and supreme head of the Church of England was himself gay, and wanted a same-sex marriage, ‘it would be the fastest way to force the Church of England to allow gay people to wed’ (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prince-george-gay-chrisit...).
Under pressure from secular and LGBT activists, the modern cultural climate already draws no distinction between heterosexual and homosexual orientation. While affirming the right to freedom of choice for all, we respectfully point out that the Bible, on which the Church is founded, is clear in prohibiting all forms of homosexuality as a sin.
The message of the Bible is, and always has been, clear: God unreservedly loves the sinner, but hates sin.
The approval and normalization of what in the Bible is branded sin is, therefore, a betrayal of faith. More disturbingly, imploring people to pray along the lines advocated by Provost Holdsworth, calling for an individual to embrace a life of sin, amounts to a curse.
Condemnation of sin, while unreservedly loving the sinner, is at the heart of the Christian Gospel, and the reason why Christ was crucified - taking upon himself our sin in order to free us from the hold of the devil (eternal death) and restore us to right relationship with God (eternal Life). At no point did Christ say that sin did not matter.
All of us are sinners, and all of us stand in need of the grace of God, made available in Christ. Attempting to rewrite the Bible, or rebrand ‘sin’ as good serves only to lock the sinner into a destructive pattern of behaviour that by definition cannot bring happiness and that separates the individual from God, leading to eternal death.
We call for the Church of England to reaffirm its adherence to traditional Christian doctrine, as set down in the Bible. If the Scottish Episcopal Church refuses to censure and remove from office Provost Holdsworth, we call for their expulsion from the Anglican Communion.
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Petition to: To the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby - Archbishop of Canterbury