Archbishop of York says sexual immorality is not sinful

Jan 24, 2023 by

from Christian Concern:

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, has confirmed in a BBC interview that he believes that sexual immorality is not sinful.

The interview on BBC Radio Four’s Sunday programme on 22 January came following the Church of England’s (CofE) announcement that it would not allow ‘gay marriage’ but would allow ‘blessings’ for same-sex couples in civil partnerships in its churches.

The move is a landmark moment, confirming the CofE’s departure from its own Biblical teaching on human sexuality which states that marriage is “in its nature a union permanent and lifelong, for better for worse, till death them do part, of one man with one woman.”

A ‘Godly’ way forward?

The BBC interviewer, William Crawley, began the interview by asking the Archbishop of York whether the decision to reject gay marriage, but bless same sex marriages, was a “bit of a fudge.”

The Archbishop responded by saying that he thinks the Church of England has found a “human… but I think godly way forward.”

Crawley pressed him again by suggesting the CofE is ultimately “sitting on the fence” on this issue, to which Cottrell responded:

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