St Helen’s Bishopgate hints it will leave Church of England unless next Bishop of London is conservative on sex

Dec 11, 2017 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today:

One of London’s largest Anglican churches is hinting it will walk away from the Church of England if the next Bishop of London is not conservative on sexuality.

William Taylor, Rector at St Helen’s Bishopgate, said his first question to the new Bishop of London, who is yet to be announced, will be to ask whether they are prepared to ‘declare as sin what God calls sin’ and to summon them to repentance.

If the new bishop refuses to do so publicly, Taylor said he will have no choice but to distance his parish from the Church of England.

St Helen’s Bishopgate is one of the biggest and most influential evangelical churches in the country, attracting nearly 2,000 people to its four Sunday services each week. Its associate rector, Charles Skrine, is on the panel who will nominate the next Bishop of London and he is also a member of the Church’s ruling general synod.

Taylor said the previous Bishop of London, Richard Chartres’, willingness to describe sexual relationships outside marriage between one man and one woman as sinful meant St Helen’s could work with other Anglican churches around London.

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