Skip to comments.U.S. Episcopal Church bows to gay pressure, deletes ‘husband and wife’ from marriage liturgy
Posted on 05/02/2018 6:44:52 PM PDT by EdnaMode
The Church of England is torn over plans by the The Episcopal Church (TEC) in the United States to efface the terms husband and wife as well as references to procreation from its marriage liturgy.
The change is meant to make the churchs marriage ceremonies more gay-friendly. Gay and lesbian Episcopalians have complained that the language of the current liturgy is offensive and exclusionary.
The move prompted a critical response from Church of England Secretary General William Nye last October, strongly urging the TEC to reconsider. The letter threatened to cut ties with the U.S. church if it adopts the planned gender-neutral, replacing the current wording in its Book of Common Prayer.
The new service removes the phrase the union of husband and wife and replaces it with the union of two people, according to a report in the U.K. Telegraph. It also replaces the section which talks about part of God's intention for marriage being for the procreation of children with the phrase for the gift of children to make it more relevant for same-sex couples who may wish to adopt.
Since then, the Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, along with 30 of the 483 members of the Anglican Churchs ruling synod, have stepped forward to support the TEC revised marriage liturgy, opposing the Church of Englands (CofE) leadership.
An Anglican LGBT advocacy group, One Body One Faith, has also penned an open letter blasting Nye for upholding the immutable nature of marriage as solely between a man and a woman.
The letter states that the TEC in the U.S., which plans to make the marriage liturgy gender neutral, is courageous, just, and Christ-like and the CofEs insistence on maintaining the definition of marriage has produced anger, frustration and disappointment.
The letter further suggests that the CofEs upholding of Church doctrine represents a refusal to listen and is the single biggest missional disaster of our generation.
It should not need saying, but it bears repeating, the letter continued. No one is attracted to a group of Christians who profess the love of Christ but seem incapable of recognizing it in the loving, committed relationships of two people. These matters are not disconnected.
Dating as far back as 1976, the Episcopal Church has engulfed itself in controversy surrounding its goal of becoming a radically inclusive church, regardless of Biblical doctrine, ChristianJournal.net reported, as it has made acceptance and incorporation of homosexuality and transgenderism a priority.
Currently, TEC in the U.S. permits LGBT clergy members and for gay couples to wed in the church.
Can’t say husband and wife anymore? Holey moley where does this nonsense ever end?
The Glory has departed.
I thought that they would change to “Pitcher and Catcher” or
“Licker and Splitter” depending on the gender of the couple.
The church I was baptized in and married in is dead to me.
In a very hot place with no sunblock.
God has run out of the building!
As an Ordained Minister I say with much sadness that organized “Religions” and little more than a business now
May God have mercy on their souls for leading his children astray
I think it’s probably also dead to God
The Episcopal Church is a leftist talking-shop that happens to be sitting on some very valuable property around the country.
Language that uses "husband and wife" is offensive? These are grown adults making these comments? Political Correctness is poison to ones brain.
Since Obola, I’ve told my sister that the C Church will approve gay marriage, especially with Euro’s pushing, Obola’s legacy and now the new pope.
Hate to say it but upon Jesus’s return I’m really afraid he’ll find a Muzzy (devil) invasion and no church left.
It seems the only real Christians left are Africans, followed by South Americans then maybe the US but Europe is gone.
Not my episcopal church. Sad.
I hope I live long enough to see the last Episcopal Church closed.
Is this Christ-like? Really??
The Church of Whatever.
There is no such thing as “gay marriage” except in the Church of Satan. God made men and women for a purpose. Denying that only serves the devil.
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