Whatever happened to “It is written” (Contention in the Anglican Church)

In the last ten years it has been obvious that there has been contention in the Anglican Church concerning the question “Should homosexuals/lesbians be allowed into ministerial positions in the church?” This might make for a very short article, but the biblical answer is an emphatic “NO!” This writer briefly addressed this in the last article, “Quitting Christianity the Ann Rice Way,” in which Ann Rice had stated one of the reasons she was leaving the Christian church was she refused to be anti-gay. God addressed this issue in what we now term as the Old Covenant, but it is better referred to as the First Covenant.
Even as far back as Moses and the early nation of Israel, homosexuality/lesbianism was an issue that came to the forefront and had to be addressed in the legal context of their national life. Whereupon Moses sought the Lord God Almighty for His ruling on this issue and God so ruled in:


Leviticus 18:22
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
There does not seem to be any confusion in God’s terse command. How does any other definition come forth from this short verse? It does not of course, and when the Lord Jesus Christ initiated the Second Covenant, He taught the Apostle Paul to bring forward this same prohibition from the First Covenant. We find this Second Covenant commandment in:

Romans 1:24-27
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

This then begs the question does it not, “If God has placed such a strong prohibition against such sins/transgressions, why are people questioning the commandment?” If a person or group of people chooses to become Christian, it is not by their choice that they choose the Lord Jesus to be their Savior. Rather, it is the Lord Jesus that has called them and forgiven them of their past transgressions and then has given them eternal life. But by the Anglican church deciding as to whether or not they can annul some of God’s commandments, what indeed are they saying of themselves? Is there leadership indeed saying that they are on the same par as the Lord Jesus Christ? Who exactly is God in this situation?

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