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KENYA: New Archbishop will be GAFCON Primate

Monday, May 30th, 2016

By David W. Virtue DD
www.virtueonline.org
May  2016

The Rt. Rev. Jackson Ole Sapit, 52, was elected this week as the 6th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya and Bishop of the Diocese of All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi.

He is orthodox, able and enthusiastic about GAFCON, and received accolades from Archbishop Peter Jensen, GAFCON General Secretary and ACNA Archbishop, Foley Beach. “We thank God for the gifts that Archbishop elect Sapit brings to his Church for this new season of its life and as we assure him of our prayers, we look forward to the Anglican Church of Kenya’s continued fellowship in the GAFCON family,” wrote Jensen.

ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach weighed in, saying, “I am delighted to hear the good news of this election. I congratulate Bishop Ole Sapit on this new calling and look forward to serving with him on the GAFCON Primates’ Council. He and his family are in my prayers as they make this important transition in their lives.”

The incoming primate was elected by an Electoral College of 191 delegates from the 38 episcopal Dioceses from across the country. The Archbishop-elect was nominated from among five other equally able and competent candidates. They include: Julius Wanyoike, Joel Waweru, Moses Masamba, James Ochiel and Lawrence Dena.

Less well known is the behind the scenes manipulation by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Bishop Josiah Idouw-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council of the Anglican Communion Office in this election.

They had invested heavily in Bishop Joel Waweru, who has been involved in the Indaba ‘Bishops in Dialogue’ meetings for a number of years, and who publicly defied his Archbishop Eliud Wabukala when, along with a delegation of other bishops, he attended the liberally sponsored and Western funded ACC-16 meeting in Lusaka.

Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala had written to his province and friends saying that a delegation from his province would attend the ACC-16 in Lusaka, despite his public statements to the contrary and his own personal direction to them.

“I am sorry to have to inform you that the Anglican Church of Kenya delegation to ACC-16 have decided to attend. The leader of the delegation is Bishop Joel Waweru who has been involved in the Indaba ‘Bishops in Dialogue’ meetings for a number of years.”

Wabukala said they represented themselves, and not the Anglican Church of Kenya.

“Waweru was the key player in the strategy of the ABC/ACO to detach Kenya from GAFCON in this election,” a senior member of the Kenyan clergy, told VOL.

Had Waweru won, there is every indication that he would have pulled Kenya out of GAFCON, VOL was told.

This is not the first time that Western liberals have tried to influence African elections.

It has been alleged that The Episcopal Church had poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Tanzania election, which elected Bishop Jacob Chimeledya by just three votes on the third ballot.

The complaint asked the House to annul the election, and to remove from their offices the Synod’s General Secretary, Dr. Dickson Chilongani, and its Registrar, Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi. It alleges that the election had been rigged by means of “walk around” money to the tune of $50,000, spread among those who voted for Chimeledya, and that the money came from a source within The Episcopal Church (USA).

However, supporters of Bishop Chimeledya charged that it was Archbishop Mokiwa and his followers who used American money to try to influence the election. The attempt failed.

Following the election, the general secretary of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, The Rev. Canon Dickson Chilongani denied the charges of voter rigging, calling it “speculation and gossip” on the Internet surrounding the election.

The Episcopal Church’s heavy financial hand over the years has been most noticeably successful in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA), which has seen millions of dollars sent in to prop up the only Anglican province on African soil to totally support the pansexual direction of TEC.

Over the years, TEC and Trinity Wall Street’s money has been used extensively in developing the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), with the sole aim of undermining orthodox African provinces, many of which have poor and starving people in need of assistance.

TEC and other liberal Western Anglican provinces have a deep vested interest in breaking the back of GAFCON, and they know that if they can infiltrate any of the ‘big four’ provinces — Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda — who make up some 70% of the Anglican Communion’s active, practicing Anglicans, they can effectively turn the Anglican Communion in their pansexual direction. To date they have not been successful. Tanzania recently joined GAFCON.

Following the meeting of Primates in January in Canterbury, TEC Presiding Bishop Michael Curry bemoaned the outcome of the meeting and said “it may be part of our vocation to help the Communion and to help many others to grow in a direction where we can realize and live the love that God has for all of us.” He believes that Western cultural values on homosexuality, aided and abetted by U.S President Barack Obama, will work to his advantage.

Many viewed his words as a not so oblique reference to his plans to further influence and push TEC’s pansexual agenda on to African provinces, with the help of his Church’s seemingly bottomless pit of “mission” funds.

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Illinois Appeals court rules dioceses can leave TEC and keep their property

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Author:

Thomas Janikowski

To All the Faithful in the Diocese of Quincy,

The Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court has ruled in our favor in our ongoing defense against legal challenges brought against us by the Episcopal Church. In their unanimous decision of May 13th, the Appellate Court for the second time ruled that our Diocese had the ability not only to leave the Episcopal Church, but also to keep all of our assets.

While the Episcopal Church had claimed that prior Court rulings did not encompass “all” of the Diocese’s assets, the trial court of Adams County, Illinois ruled that it had in fact awarded all of the Diocesan assets to our Diocese free of any claim by the Episcopal Church.

The trial court noted that its original decision had been affirmed by the Fourth District Appellate Court and that the Illinois Supreme Court had declined the Episcopal Church’s Petition for Leave to file further appeal. Further, the Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s sanction against the Episcopal Church, whereby the trial court had ordered the Episcopal Church to pay attorney’s fees for the Diocese.

While all of this is fantastic news and is a further answer to our prayers, it does not mean we are done with legal challenges. The Episcopal Church still has a lawsuit pending against us in Peoria County and another pending against us in Rock Island County. These lawsuits are essentially asking for the courts to award the assets of our individual congregations to the Episcopal Church. These cases have been “stayed” or put on hold pending the decision of the Appellate Court discussed above, but are now likely to become active again in the very near future. While we all hope and pray that the Episcopal Church will cease these attacks upon our Diocese, our Diocese and its attorneys will continue to vigorously defend our rights to proclaim the Gospel without fear and to worship as traditional Anglicans.

Upholding all of the faithful in the Diocese of Quincy in unceasing prayer and all love in Christ Jesus,

The Very Rev. Thomas A. Janikowski, FSAC
for
The Right Rev. J. Alberto Morales, OSB, DD, Quincy IX

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Same-sex marriage is uniting Evangelicals and Catholic

Monday, May 9th, 2016

A major Evangelical figure in the US says that Catholics were right about The Pill
Michael Cook | May 9 2016 | comment

One surprising effect of the rise of same-sex marriage in the United States may be a convergence between evangelicals and the Catholic Church.

The best evidence for this is a recent book by Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and one of the nation’s most prominent Evangelical thinkers. In We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong, he tackles the challenge of same-sex marriage. From a scriptural point of view, the idea seems obviously wrong, even abhorrent, but many Christians are swimming with the tide.

In a significant theological shift, Dr Mohler makes two surprising proposals for his evangelical readers. First, that evangelicals need to use arguments based on natural law. And second, that Catholics got it right on contraception and that the evangelicals got it wrong.

Interest in Catholic thinking comes as a surprise, for Dr Mohler is a staunch upholder of Luther’s key to interpreting Christian revelation. His watchword is sola Scriptura, that all Christian thinking must be grounded in Biblical teaching. Furthermore, he has distanced himself from Catholics. In an appearance on Larry King Live in 2000, he said forthrightly, “As an evangelical, I believe the Roman church is a false church and it teaches a false gospel.” And as recently as 2013, he asserted that “Evangelical Christians simply cannot accept the legitimacy of the papacy and must resist and reject claims of papal authority.”

However, without diluting any of his theology, Dr Mohler acknowledges that the rapid spread of same-sex marriage is clear evidence that many Americans, even if they are Christian, are not moved by Scriptural arguments. Nowadays, he says, “ to articulate any moral judgment consistent with the Bible’s declaration concerning homosexual behavior is to risk being ostracized—even in the heart of the Bible Belt.”

This means that Christians need to use arguments which do have traction with the public – which, by and large, are not Scriptural.

“If proponents of traditional marriage cannot gain cultural traction by citing Scripture, and if any claim of divine revelation is out of bounds in the public arena,” writes Dr Mohler, ”then the best strategy would be to avoid arguments that make claims of special revelation and biblical authority.”

In other words, the natural law, an approach to morality which argues from evidence, common sense and philosophy. It was repudiated by modern Protestant theologians like Karl Barth and Jacques Ellul, but has been used for hundreds of years by Catholic thinkers. Dr Mohler observes:

“While traditionally used by Roman Catholic philosophers, theologians, and ethicists, natural law theory has also recently attracted the attention of some evangelicals. Of course, all Christians should affirm the reality of the natural law because Scripture itself affirms both the natural law and the reality of natural revelation. Also called general revelation, natural revelation refers to the fact that God embedded the knowledge of himself and of his law in the universe. In other words, the Creator displayed his own moral character and the appropriate moral structure of the universe in creation.”

What seems to have persuaded him of necessity of natural law thinking in the public square are the cogent arguments marshalled by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George in their book, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. Their approach was persuasive and secular and was located squarely within the natural law tradition. “A brilliant argument—indeed a tour de force,” Dr Mohler comments.

His admiration comes with some caveats, of course. “Reading the work of the natural law theorists can bring a new appreciation for how the glory of God is demonstrated in the institution of marriage. They remind us that human beings are created as male and female, and that God has given his image-bearers the entire pattern of human civilization and flourishing.” However, “the ultimate authority for knowing and affirming these truths is not the natural law, but the Holy Scriptures. This is precisely the point where evangelical Christians, who base their understanding of religious authority entirely upon the principle of Sola Scriptura, must affirm that Scripture alone is the final authority.”

Dr Mohler’s second unexpected proposal is that the tinder for the sexual revolution was widespread acceptance of contraception by evangelicals and Protestants. They were blindsided by the moral challenge:

“The energies of evangelical Christians had been devoted to so many other moral issues that birth control largely escaped focused attention. This set the stage for conservative Christians to be essentially co-opted by the contraceptive revolution when it took place, driven by the development and availability of ‘the Pill’ in the early 1960s. It is shocking now to look back and see how little conversation took place among evangelicals at that time.”

However, Pope Paul VI did hold the line, drawing on Christian tradition and natural law reasoning. He set down in his controversial encyclical Humanae Vitae that every act of intercourse must be open to life. He warned that the separation of sex and procreation would unleash a moral disaster.

Other Christians were sceptical and thanked God that they had no Pope to dictate sexual morality to them. But Dr Mohler says that Paul VI was the authentic representative of mainstream Christian thinking:

“So long as sex was predictably related to the potential of pregnancy, a huge biological check on sex outside of marriage functioned as a barrier to sexual immorality. Once that barrier was removed, sex and children became effectively separated and sex became redefined as an activity that did not have any necessary relation to the gift of children. It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of the separation of sex and babies from the moral equation.”

This does not mean that Dr Mohler is totally persuaded by the Catholic position on contraception. “I do not believe that every act of sexual intercourse between a married couple must be equally open to the gift of children. I do believe, however, that Scripture teaches that every marriage must be open to the gift of children and that the default position for Christians must be the welcoming of children as a divine gift rather than resisted as a biological imposition.”

Of course, the central purpose of We Cannot Be Silent is not to recalibrate evangelical theology, but to reaffirm it. In a wise and moving conclusion to his cultural and theological analysis Dr Mohler acknowledges that Christians have failed to understand homosexuals and have often been too moralistic rather than forgiving. But the answer is not capitulation to the new culture, but the grace of God. Like Pope Francis, he prays for both mercy and justice. “We must remind ourselves again and again of the compassion of truth and the truth of compassion.”

Michael Cook is editor of MercatorNet.     

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This is Why They are Winning

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

This is Why They are Winning

By BILL MUEHLENBERG
http://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/04/19/this-is-why-they-are-winning/

I wrote a piece yesterday on the culture wars and why our side is losing so much of the time, while the other side seems to be winning so often. I noted that the other side sees the bigger picture and is willing to work for the long haul.

Christians and conservatives tend not to. As a result, they keep notching up victories and we keep notching up defeats. I said that we too need to see the bigger picture and be willing to go long term in these battles if we want to be successful. You can read what I wrote here: billmuehlenberg.com/2016/04/18/big-picture-long-term/

One clear cut example of all this is the battle over homosexuality. The activists have long had a big perspective on this, and have been willing to take the necessary time to achieve their goals. And they have always been quite upfront about their goals and strategies.

It is just that most folks on our side were not aware of them, or did not want to be aware of them. I have made it my business to be aware of such things. Thus for decades now I have read the homosexual press and followed their strategies as outlined in their books.

Yet many of my colleagues have been rather clueless over the years. Some of them have told me that the issue is no big deal. Even noted Christian leaders have told me that. And when I warned twenty years ago about the push for homosexual marriage, some of these leaders scoffed and said it was just not going to happen.

I suppose I can now say “I told you so” and leave it at that. But we still have Christian leaders in denial or with their heads in the sand concerning various fronts in the culture wars. They still don’t get it and they still are not taking the threats seriously.

Meanwhile the other side takes their mission very seriously indeed. Decades ago they devised strategies and game plans to win, and this is unfolding before our very eyes. They are big picture people in for the duration of the war. We are not. That is why they are winning.

As just one example, I have often mentioned a homosexual strategy manual that appeared back in 1989 entitled After the Ball. In it two homosexual activists offered a detailed blueprint on how they would win America over to their agenda. I have quoted from it often in my own books and articles.

Had our side taken seriously and paid more attention to such strategies, we might not be in the mess we now find ourselves in. And had we taken seriously the need to engage with culture, looking at the longer term prospects and the bigger picture, we might have had some more wins on the board by now.

But for the most part our side is asleep, apathetic and AWOL — meanwhile the other side is committed, dedicated and on a mission. Thus we are losing by default. But some others have been saying the same thing, although likely falling on deaf ears as well.

I am reminded of one very important article that appeared twelve years ago by Al Mohler. He also notes the importance of this particular volume and the amazing progress the activists have made. It is worth quoting heavily from this article:

The spectacular success of the homosexual movement stands as one of the most fascinating phenomena of our time. In less than two decades, homosexuality has moved from “the love that dares not speak its name,” to the center of America’s public life. The homosexual agenda has advanced even more quickly than its most ardent proponents had expected, and social change of this magnitude demands some explanation.
A partial explanation of the homosexual movement’s success can be traced to the 1989 publication of After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s. Published with little fanfare, this book became the authoritative public relations manual for the homosexual agenda, and its authors presented the book as a distillation of public relations advice for the homosexual community. A look back at its pages is an occasion for understanding just how successful their plan was.
Authors Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen combined psychiatric and public relations expertise in devising their strategy. Kirk, a researcher in neuropsychiatry, and Madsen, a public relations consultant, argued that homosexuals must change their presentation to the heterosexual community if real success was to be made.
Conceiving their book as a “gay manifesto for the 1990s,” the authors called for homosexuals to repackage themselves as mainstream citizens demanding equal treatment, rather than as a promiscuous sexual minority seeking greater opportunity and influence.

Mohler notes how the authors made a point of targeting the churches in their campaigns and then writes:

There can be no doubt that Christianity represents the greatest obstacle to the normalization of homosexual behavior. It cannot be otherwise, because of the clear biblical teachings concerning the inherent sinfulness of homosexuality in all forms, and the normativity of heterosexual marriage. In order to counter this obstacle, Kirk and Madsen advised gays to “use talk to muddy the moral waters, that is, to undercut the rationalizations that ‘justify’ religious bigotry and to jam some of its psychic rewards.” How can this be done? “This entails publicizing support by moderate churches and raising serious theological objections to conservative biblical teachings. It also means exposing the inconsistency and hatred underlying antigay doctrines.”
Conservative churches, defined by the authors as “homohating” are portrayed as “antiquated backwaters, badly out of step with the times and with the latest findings of psychology.”
A quick review of the last 15 years demonstrates the incredible effectiveness of this public relations advice. The agenda set out by Kirk and Madsen led to nothing less than social transformation. By portraying themselves as mainstream Americans seeking nothing but liberty and self-fulfillment, homosexuals redefined the moral equation. Issues of right and wrong were isolated as outdated, repressive, and culturally embarrassing. Instead, the assertion of “rights” became the hallmark of the public relations strategy.

He concludes this way:

Public relations is now a major part of the American economy, with hundreds of millions of dollars poured into advertising strategies and image enhancement programs. Observers of the public relations world must look back with slack-jawed amazement at the phenomenal success of the approach undertaken by homosexuals over the last two decades. The advice offered by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen is nothing less than a manifesto for moral revolution. A look back at this strategy indicates just how self-consciously the homosexual movement advanced its cause by following this plan.
Those who oppose the normalization of homosexuality have indeed been presented as backwoods, antiquated, and dangerous people, while those advancing the cause are presented as forces for light, progress, and acceptance. Conservative Christians have indeed been presented as proponents of hatred rather than as individuals driven by biblical conviction. The unprecedented success of this public relations strategy helps to explain why America has accepted everything from homosexual characters and plotlines in prime-time entertainment to the lack of outrage in response to same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.
At least we know what we are up against. Biblical Christians must continue to talk about right and wrong even when the larger world dismisses morality as an outdated concept. We must maintain marriage as a non-negotiable norm–a union of a man and a woman–even when the courts redefine marriage by fiat. At the same time, we must take into account the transformation of the American mind that is now so devastatingly evident to all who have eyes to see.
The real tragedy of After the Ball is that the great result of this is not a party, but the complete rejection of the very moral foundations which made this society possible. In order to address the most fundamental problems, we must understand the shape of the American mind. Looking back at After the Ball after fifteen years, it all comes into frightening focus.

Yep, these folks had a strategy, had long-term goals, had commitment, and had the bigger picture in mind. And with all that, coupled with a comatose, clueless and careless church, they have made tremendous strides in their mega social and sexual revolution.

When will Christians start doing similar things for the cause of Christ and his Kingdom? The early Christians did just that: they turned their world upside down. We need another such Christian revolution, or counter-revolution. I am certainly committed to it. Who will join me?

Going, Going, Gone: How LGBTI propaganda is dissolving Christian sexual ethics in the Church of England

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

 

By Dr. Lisa Nolland
Special to VIRTUEONLINE
www.virtueonline.org

A very important revolution is occurring at this point. It is part of a far wider pan sexual revolution which has, since the 60s, gained great momentum, though its roots go back to Marx, Marcuse, the Frankfurt School, Kinsey and others.

There are two important facets to this revolution. First, there is the ‘liberation’ of sexuality and gender from conventional, ‘repressive’ artifices such as marriage and notions of male/female bodies and gender. Secondly, there is the state-sponsored support for and protection of those so ‘liberated’. No dissent now allowed; for many of those who were spearheading the revolution the call for tolerance was only ever a ruse.

Though many factors are involved, arguably the most important is the brilliant psychological strategy in After the Ball: How America will conquer its fear and hatred of Gays in the 90s (Kirk and Madsen). Their only error was in the length of the time it would take.

The implementation of the book’s strategy is, I believe, the prime reason for the success of the sexual/gender radicalization now occurring within official Church of England [Cof E] structures.

‘LGBTI People’

Evangelical Anglican church leaders and organizations do not appear to have understood the immensity of the threat nor been able to push back to reframe the debate and reclaim the territory. Because sexual behaviours and psychological dysfunction are now included in the protected category of identity and personhood, gay is perceived as and treated as comparable to race. (1) ‘LGBTI [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex] people’ are thus oppressed minorities in need of state protection. To object to this new status quo or their loving ‘relationships’ is ‘racist’, hate-filled and evil. Indeed, because many of us know people who have struggled hugely to live according to orthodox Christian standards, we are even less sure of how to proceed.

Conservative leaders duck, deny and distract, unlike the rest of us who have to negotiate these minefields in our working lives and do so mostly by keeping quiet and, if necessary, by appeasement. Indeed, many leaders believe they can sit this one out because it is not impacting their ‘preaching the Gospel’ (not yet!). That the content of this Gospel is ever-more truncated does not appear to worry them, nor does the success of 24/7 LGBTI propaganda which ensures the odd sermon on Romans 1 falls on increasingly hostile ears.

Perhaps the latest thrusts inside the Church will prove to be the necessary wake-up call. We must up our game while we still can do so. Below are bullet points of places of epic LGBTI success within the C of E and recommendations for pushback at the end.

1. Thriving LGBTI Anglican (and related) advocacy organizations in the UK

—Inclusive Church; Accepting Evangelicals; Changing Attitude [CA]; Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement; LGBTI Mission; ‘Synod Evangelicals for Good Disagreement’, among others

—Inclusive Church partners with heavyweights like the Church Urban Fund (the Cof E’s poverty charity). (2)

—250+’Inclusive Church’ Cof E churches and 60+ CA Cof E churches. (3)

—An orthodox Christian sexual ethic? From CA’s Sexual ethics: A Report of the Lesbian and Gay Clergy Consultation Working Group(2003): ‘…casual sex can often be addictive and destructive [but], we think it is important to remain open to the possibility that brief and loving sexual engagement between mature adults in special circumstances can be occasions of grace… The exploration of our sexual selves can be something which benefits from involvement with more than one person’. (p. 11) (4)

2. Senior leaders/cathedral champions of LGBT issues

—Public campaigners for gay marriage: Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam (5) and the Bishop of Buckingham, Dr Alan Wilson, More Perfect Union: Understanding Same-Sex Christian Marriage (2014).

—Publicly supportive of the LGBTI Mission: The Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes (2016). (6)

—A senior manager at C of E’s National Church Institutions honoured by two LGBT award bodies in 2016. (7)

—Blessing Pride with Opening Prayer and Flying the Rainbow Flag, York Minster (June 2015). (8)

3. Other prominent and popular LGBT Anglican clergy
—The Revd Richard Coles, Vicar of Finedon, North’shire; hugely popular UK ‘media vicar’, author of the autobiographical Fathomless Riches (2014). Coles claims ‘having lots of casual and anonymous sex with strangers’ was ‘one of the great liberations of my life’. When questioned about its Christian ethic, he was unrepentant: ‘I had a fantastic time.’ (9)
—The Revd Rachel Mann, ‘trans’ lesbian activist at Manchester Cathedral who in 2014 spoke at a wildly successful event with hundreds of evangelical youth workers. (10) A sample of her/his Eucharistic liturgy: ‘Holy God, chuckling wise woman, tender and strange… Christ our Sister, unite us in your holy bleeding… Birth-Spirit, as you coursed in intimacy through the veins of Eve and Adam, Hagar and Abraham, Deborah and Lappidoth, Naomi and Ruth, be the pulse of our lives. Desire us with your desire’. (11)
4. Church of England Synod
—The Revd Andrew Foreshew-Cain, the first ‘married’ gay priest elected to the C of E Synod, October 2015.

—Inclusive Church’s stall was prominently placed near Reception for the February 2016 Synod. Images at end.
5. Education

—Stonewall (LGBT Rights) School Champion Programmes in 120+ Church of England schools. (12)

—Valuing All God’s Children: Guidance for Church of England Schools on Challenging Homophobic Bullying (May 2014). Though not all bad, by setting sexual ‘orientation’ alongside characteristics such as race and ethnicity, this document for over 5,000 CofE schools reinforces the false but plausible ‘born that way’ notion of homosexuality. (13)

—CHIPS and ‘Pride in Primary’, compulsory LGBT ‘educational’ programmes for 4s+. The former includes mock same-sex marriage ceremonies for 8-9s and prompts to get involved in PRIDE for 10-11s. Research on church school involvement is ongoing. (14) What is certain, though, is that our heterosexual Christian youth, marinated now in all things gay from nursery onward, are changing their ethics to become pro-gay; indoctrination works! (15)
6. The ABC

—‘You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the quality of the relationship.’ He went on to explain (March 2013) he had ‘particular friends where I recognise that [,] and am deeply challenged by it’.(16)

—‘If one of his own children were to be gay and fell in love with another person of the same sex, and asked his blessing, how would he react? “Would I pray for them together? You bet I would, absolutely. Would I pray with them together? If they wanted me to. If they had a civil service of marriage, would I attend? Of course I would.” But, I challenged him, conscious of what many evangelicals believe, wouldn’t you say to them that while you love them, their relationship was sinful or inappropriate? “I would say, ‘I will always love you, full stop. End of sentence, end of paragraph.’ Whatever they say, I will say I always love them.”‘ (17)

—The fact that LGBT groups support the ABC’s ‘Shared Conversations’ and report positive results is telling. The ABC has reached his goal: ‘conservatives’ have the right to speak but the issue is tacitly framed as second-order, agreeing to disagree. For the ABC, the aim ‘is not, as it were, to convert the other, but to enable each to listen and see the others as a human being and as a fellow Christian.’(18) For CA, ‘All dialogue takes us forward’. (19)

—The other vital component here is the ABC’s framework. ‘I loathe and hate homophobia. I find it incomprehensible that people should feel that way about LGBTI people. And I’m always ashamed when I find it’. (March 2016) (20) As mentioned above, what had in the past been seen as behaviours or related problematic psychological conditions are now being treated by the ABC as a core and valued part of an individual’s personhood and identity, to be given dignity, affirmation and protection.

—We have tried to connect directly with the ABC but found it impossible. Then we discovered his Correspondence Secretary, Andrew Nunn, is a gay activist who is convinced he was ‘born gay’. (21)

Recommendations

Many now are taking their lead from the ABC. He doesn’t endorse gay marriage, but his uncritical and lavish public support for gay concerns and priorities will leave others thinking that there is no real reason not to.

The ‘coming out’ of ‘good people’, friends and family, proves a game changer for the thinking of many, as is making this issue a matter of abstract rights, identity and ‘loving relationships’, and not bodies, behaviours, biology and appalling unintended consequences. It is classic After the Ball propaganda, brilliant and effective. (22) With the West successfully ‘gayified’ and the Opposition silenced and/or busy elsewhere, the Developing World is next in line.

Living Out (the sole ‘acceptable’ Anglican evangelical response) is good but seriously truncated. Founded in 2013, it offers a website, network and speakers (one is now married to a woman) who have personal experience of same-sex attraction but live according to the Bible’s teaching on sexuality. LO gives helpful pastoral advice, all the more impressive because of the authenticity of its advice givers. It also works with churches to enable them to become more loving and understanding of those with these issues. (23)

However, Living Out is unable to deal with the immense ideological, political, cultural and psychological challenges. First and foremost is the notion of ‘LGBTI people’ — the false correlation of one’s sexuality or sexual attractions with core identity. That there are many and far less palatable sexualities coming out now is the elephant in the room. Nor will LO focus attention on the indoctrination of our young or stand with the increasing numbers of (mostly black) Christians punished by an increasingly coercive state. (24) LO is unable to help those with unwanted same–sex attraction move beyond gay to develop their heterosexual potential. Ex-gays are a powerful response to the propaganda of After the Ball. Ironically, the ABC refused to meet one of my ex-gay colleagues, while we await the outcome in the case of another. (25)

LO also appears unable to expose the false claims for the moral superiority of ‘full inclusion’ which keep shaming and shutting down conservative voices. Here I am thinking of Inclusive Church’s mantra—‘We believe in inclusive Church — church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender mental health, physical ability, face or sexuality’— and Valuing All God’s Children: ‘Everyone is an insider, there are no outsiders’ (p 28). In fact, LGBTI groups discriminate in the same way as conservatives but get away with it because no one publicly challenges them on their exclusion of non-PC sexual minority people who are still semi-closeted. (26)

There are great arguments and resources out there but which receive virtually no air time in British Anglican evangelical circles. Please contact me if you wish to know more. DrLisa1957@gmail.com

Lisa Severine Nolland MA MCS PhD (Bristol) is Convenor, Marriage Sex and Culture Group for Anglican Mainstream

(1) Intersex alone has a biological foundation but is not a ‘third sex’; http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children
(2) http://inclusive-church.org.uk/links
(3) http://www.inclusive-church.com/directory; http://changingattitude.org.uk/find-a-church
(4) http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Sexual-Ethics-imposed.pdf
(5) http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/28/gay-marriage-bishop-salisbury-backs-same-sex-weddings
(6) https://lgbtimission.org.uk/2016/04/08/liverpool-diocese-notes-our-launch/
(7) https://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2016/02/cofe-senior-manager-recognised-in-two-national-lgbt-awards.aspx
(8) http://www.yorkmix.com/things-to-do/previews/minster-to-team-up-with-york-pride-in-historic-show-of-lgbt-support/
(9) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2793353/a-confession-far-radio-4-s-favourite-vicar-inspired-tv-s-rev-tells-enjoyed-open-air-sex-strangers-drug-binges.html#ixzz45amc3Lqv
(10) http://www.christiantoday.com/article/youth.work.summit.its.vital.to.develop.a.pastoral.response.to.lgbt.young.people/37584.htm
(11) http://www.rachelmann.co.uk/pp002.shtml
(12) http://anglicanmainstream.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Valuing-All-Gods-Children.pdf
(13) https://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-members
Several hundred educational institutions are listed as Stonewall Champions in the UK!
(14) http://www.educateandcelebrate.org/about-us/; file:///C:/Users/Lisa/Downloads/SRE%20bulletin%202015%20Autumn.pdf; contact me for details.
(15) http://anglicanmainstream.org/our-children-as-gay-champions-2/
(16) http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/mar/21/archbishop-canterbury-admits-gay-challenge
(17) http://www.spectator.co.uk/2015/12/the-tide-is-turning-in-this-country-justin-welby-interviewed/
(18) http://www.christiantoday.com/article/evangelism.in.an.age.of.terror.homophobia.and.indifference.an.interview.with.archbishop.of.canterbury.justin.welby/83040.htm
(19) http://changingattitude.org.uk/about-changing-attitude/who-we-are/trustees
(20) http://www.christiantoday.com/article/evangelism.in.an.age.of.terror.homophobia.and.indifference.an.interview.with.archbishop.of.canterbury.justin.welby/83040.htm http://www.virtueonline.org/ex-gay-anglican-blogger-says-archbishop-welby%E2%80%99s-gay-secretary-blocks-information
(21) http://www.parentsofgaychildren.org/uploads/After_the_Ball_-_outline_by_Richard_Cohen.pdf
(22) http://www.livingout.org/
(23) http://www.christianconcern.com/cases
(24) http://www.core-issues.org/;
other excellent groups include http://desertstream.org/ and http://www.restoredhopenetwork.org/. Personal information from UK ex-gay leaders.
(25) Emerging now in the public sphere are sexual minorities such as polyamorists (plural loves) who are sometimes bisexual (having a lover of both sexes simultaneously); polygamists (think Islamic or Mormon); those with GSA (genetic sexual attraction, also known as incest); those claiming paedophilia or zoophilia as their sexual ‘orientation’.