Welsh Anglican Evangelicals reject Bishops’ proposals

Sep 27, 2018 by

The Evangelical Fellowship of the Church in Wales: A Statement following the discussion at Governing Body

on “Formal Measures” for Same-Sex Couples

EFCW recognises that churches have often failed in their pastoral care of people with same-sex attraction. We recognise that the way we have spoken about this issue has at times been unloving and judgemental, and that this has caused personal hurt and left people feeling unable to be honest about their sexuality. We repent of these failures, and commit to doing all we can to ensure our churches are fully welcoming and inclusive of all. We welcome the Bishops’ wish to offer pastoral support and care for all same-sex attracted people and commit to doing so with Christ-like love.

However, we believe that God’s revelation to us regarding the nature of marriage and the proper place of sex is beyond doubt, and that this must be what guides our teaching and practice as an apostolic church.

Throughout the whole of Scripture, beginning with God’s creation of humanity in Genesis 1 & 2, and continuing until the beautiful picture of the marriage of the Lamb to his bride the church at the end of Revelation, the following things are consistently affirmed:

-That marriage is between a man and a woman.

-That the appropriate place for sexual activity is within marriage.

-That sexual activity outside of marriage is outside of God’s will and therefore sinful.

Jesus explicitly affirms this understanding of marriage in Matthew 19:4-6. The authority of Scripture, its consistency and utter clarity are what make this matter so important.

We therefore do not believe that it can possibly be right for the church to bless what God has clearly said he does not bless, nor to say that what God has said is sin is not sin.

Read in full here (PDF) EFCW statement on GB decision re same sex couples

See also: Bishop Andy Lines responds after Welsh Anglican Evangelicals reject Bishops’ proposals, from GafconUK

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