What then has happened to Lambeth Resolution I.10 (1998) at LC2022?

Aug 4, 2022 by

by Canon Phil Ashey, AAC:

While the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Letter of August 2nd regarding Lambeth Resolution 1.10 (1998) seems to reaffirm it, he does quite the opposite. It is what the Archbishop of Canterbury does not say, or what he implies, that we must pay attention to.

He says, “I write therefore to affirm that the validity of the resolution passed at the Lambeth Conference 1998, 1.10, is not in doubt and the whole resolution is still in existence.” This is a very careful and curious statement about a Resolution of a Lambeth Conference of Bishops. Apparently, the Archbishop of Canterbury did not personally affirm Lambeth Resolution 1.10 as the Global South Bishops asked him to do. Otherwise, he would have affirmed the statements in Lambeth 1.10 that state that “homosexual practice in incompatible with scripture,” “cannot advise the legitimizing or blessing of same sex unions nor ordaining those involved in same gender unions,” and that marriage is reserved for a man and a woman for life, with abstinence in all other cases.

Instead, the Archbishop “affirms the validity of the resolution.” This no more than saying, “Yes, the 1998 Lambeth Conference did produce Resolution 1.10, and it really did say these things about the authority of Scripture and human sexuality. Yes, the resolution as we know it is valid.” But what he did not say is that Lambeth 1.10 is authoritative, or that it should be followed by all Anglicans. He does not say that it reflects the Biblical teaching of the Anglican Communion. He just acknowledges that it really existed and, in that sense, is ‘valid.’ In the press conference that followed, Archbishop Thabo was asked what the Archbishop’s “affirmation of the validity” of Lambeth 1.10 means. He said, with refreshing candor, “It means that it has not yet been rescinded.” That is all!

[…] The Archbishop of Canterbury believes that two mutually contradictory positions can be reconciled by “listening and good disagreement.” The GAFCON and Global South Bishops believe that those promoting unbiblical teaching and practices must repent.

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