Evangelicals oppose Oxford Bishops (Updated)

Nov 5, 2018 by

Clothe yourselves with love: Letter to clergy and licensed lay ministers, from the Bishops of Oxford Diocese, posted on Bishop Steven Croft’s blog:

[…] ‘we want to encourage, above all, an attitude of inclusion and respect for LGBTI+ people across the Diocese of Oxford.’

In early January 2019, a letter was published by the Oxford Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, expressing deep concern with this episcopal pastoral letter and its implication of a change in theology and practice regarding issues of sexuality. The Bishop of Oxford wrote a public response to the ODEF, here.

Report from Church Times: More than 100 clergy criticise Bishops’ LGBTI guidance, by Madeleine Davies

Analysis and comment:

Oxford crisis: the time to act has surely come, by Will Jones, VirtueOnline

Meltdown in the Diocese of Oxford – Anglican Unscripted

And this report from David Baker in Christian Today

Meanwhile, Marcus Green in Fake Good News thinks the evangelicals objecting to the Bishops’ call for radical inclusion are preaching a gospel of works.


Earlier: Responses to the pastoral letter from a conservative position following its release in October 2018:

Oxford Diocese: a case study in radical inclusion, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream

What does the Oxford Ad Clerum mean? by Ian Paul, Psephizo

A response to the pastoral letter from the Bishops of Oxford Diocese, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream

LGBT inclusion: what’s wrong with the Oxford Bishops’ letter? By Will Jones, VirtueOnline

What will be the cost of discipleship for confessing Anglicans in Oxford Diocese? By Julian Mann, Anglican Mainstream

Radical inclusion of shame: discussion featuring Kevin Kallsen and Gavin Ashenden, from Anglican Unscripted

For a wider perspective, read also: Secularism on the march: the abolition of marriage and family, by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican


Responses from a revisionist position:

Andrew Lightbown Speaking of the Oxford letter 

OneBodyOneFaith Clothe yourselves with love; joint letter from Oxford bishops affirms welcome for LGBT+ people

Ozanne Foundation Response to Oxford Bishops’ Ad Clerum Letter

and a conservative response to these responses:

On why conservatives remain conservative, by Martin Davie, Justyn Terry and Chris Wright, CEEC











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