Canadian Anglican Bishops Denounce Vote to Approve Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Anglican-compressedRICHMOND HILL, Ont. — A group of bishops within the Anglican Church of Canada have released a statement denouncing this month’s vote within the General Synod to give the green light to allow same-sex nuptials within the denomination.

As previously reported, the Anglican Church of Canada voted on July 12 to approve of same-sex “marriage” a day after a miscount resulted in reports that the measure had been struck down.

“A minister may only solemnize a marriage between persons of the same sex if authorized by the diocesan bishop,” the resolution, moved by minister Colin Johnson, read.

It also proposed to substitute the word “partners” for “husband and wife” in church canon, and to substitute “the parties to the marriage” for “a man and a woman.”

The resolution’s authors had also compiled a report about the matter, asserting, “The experience of same-sex committed partnerships in our midst, clearly manifesting God’s blessing and the fruit of the Spirit, are a powerful indication that God’s view of marriage may be more inclusive than ours.”

At first, it appeared that the resolution had failed by a single vote, but it was later discovered that one vote had been mistakenly counted in the lay order instead of the clergy order. For a resolution to pass, it must obtain a two-thirds majority in the lay, clergy and bishops orders.

While some cheered the move, a group of seven bishops have now signed a joint statement expressing deep concern over the development, which they call a “fundamental departure from the faith.”

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“[T]he General Synod has taken a further step in ordaining something contrary to God’s Word written and imperils our full communion within the Anglican Church of Canada and with Anglicans throughout the world,” the statement reads. “We believe that our General Synod has erred grievously and we publicly dissent from this decision.”

“This would be a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of the Anglican Communion on the doctrine of marriage,” it says. “Sadly, this complicates relationships within the Anglican Church of Canada and as a Province with the Anglican Communion.”

At the same time, the bishops noted that they “absolutely condemn homophobic prejudice and violence wherever it occurs, offer pastoral care and loving service to all irrespective of sexual orientation, and reject criminal sanctions against same-sex attracted people.”

The statement was signed by the bishops of Algoma, Caledonia, Athabasca, Saskatchewan and Yukon, as well as two from the Artic.

While the General Synod approved the resolution this month, it must be subjected to a second vote, which will occur in Vancouver in 2019.

As previously reported, earlier this year, the Anglican Communion voted to place a temporary suspension on the fellowship of the U.S. Episcopal “church” within its global body over the apostate denomination’s support for same-sex “marriage.”

“The primates who have taken this step have cited three reasons for doing so: the lack of reconciliation between the Episcopal Church and their provinces, obedience to Scripture, and the admonitions of the Book of Common Prayer,” said Jeff Walton of the Institute on Religion and Democracy in a statement. “For them it’s a question of faithfulness to Jesus Christ.”


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  • Amos Moses

    A shining beacon on a hill …………..

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Immorality = Lawlessness. The Canadian forefathers never imagined the reign of immorality in their beloved homeland. Mankind needs the reign of Jesus.

    • neenerpuss .

      Jesus never said a word about gays. Jesus did say to love one another. That’s what gay marriage is about.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        You are wrong. Jesus defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman and confirmed all of Moses’ moral laws to be carried out which condemns homosexuality/transgenderism, and His followers also condemned homosexuality. The Western culture has fallen into a worst kind of barbarism this century as the civilization lost the Judeo-Christian values. False cultures make people blind and collectively evil. You need to repent of your sin to get saved.

        • neenerpuss .

          That’s wrong….because the biblical standard is one man and as many women as he could support. Polygamy is the biblical definition.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No, read the entire Holy Bible. God’s will and design for human marriage has been one man and one woman since the beginning. Polygamy was endured for a time because men are weak, but not in the New Testament era.

          • neenerpuss .

            I have read the same book, the same passages and have come to a different conclusion….as have many people.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No, you didn’t read the Holy Bible. You only read some atheist gurus’ junks. Americans must read the Holy Bible to become noble and serious again. Post-christian nations are not serious on anything; they are just merchants and traitors.

          • neenerpuss .

            Ironically…ISIS takes the same view as you. I chose to believe in a peaceful and loving God even with the ones I do not agree with. Have a nice day.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. God is holy. The Western liberals only attack Christianity because they are cowardly bullies. Paganisms and atheism only destroy those who do not comply; Christianity alone provides everyone life and safety. It is wrong for the Western culture to attack truth and morality and conscience this century.

          • Delphi Psmith

            Paganisms and atheism only destroy those who do not comply; Christianity alone provides everyone life and safety.

            And yet you don’t see atheists bombing Planned Parenthood clinics, or beheading people who don’t agree with them, or telling people they’re going to go to hell for thinking differently.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Pagans are ignorant. Atheists kill billions by their atrocities against the believers and against unwanted children in wombs. Atheists are outstanding in murder and inhumane-ness over all groups combined on earth. Secular Americans do not know anything about atheism’s brutal reign, and that’s why they rant ignorance and are about to repeat the same evil of the Soviets and other villains which their own Christian fathes have defeated. Telling the truth on hell is the act of truest love. The Western Sodomites need the entire truth from the Word of God more than anything else. The social clubs of the Western mainliners are hurting the world by preaching a depraved filth. You must read the Holy Bible and repent of your sins to get saved. (John ch.3)

          • Delphi Psmith

            Atheists kill billions by their atrocities against the believers and against unwanted children in wombs.

            You are obviously confusing your unfounded opinions and religious fanaticism with facts. Got any actual evidence to back up these allegations? Numbers, statistics, etc.?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Learn what the atheistic Soviets and China did. Atheists do the same everywhere on earth. Blasphemies, mega population control, squashing the believers although all humans are born-religious, and in the West’s case the pushing of sexual immorality by force and the blood money as well. Secular Westerners don’t notice anything because the crimes against humanity are a mere culture to them. The world needs Christian missionaries for the truth and rescue. Secularism is meaningless and destroys morality from the foundation.

          • Delphi Psmith

            Still waiting for facts/evidence to back up your assertions. I suspect I will be waiting a long time.

          • Meepestos

            Don’t hold your breath ; )

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Study yourself. The evidences are everywhere.

          • Amos Moses

            So idolatry ………. Got it ………..

          • Delphi Psmith

            God must be so proud of your self-righteous, judgmental, derogatory attitude.

          • Amos Moses

            You read it as a natural man ………. and missed it entirely …….

            1Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

          • neenerpuss .

            Over 1500 species of animals have homosexual members that form pair bonds. That means homosexuality is natural and normal.

            1Cor7:6-9
            6 Now as a concession, not a command, I say this. 7 I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.

            8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. 9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

          • Amos Moses

            No …………. wrong again …………..

      • Amos Moses

        No …….. that is not what “homomarriage” is about ………. Christ affirmed the plan for marriage in Matthew 19 ………….. and you are correct ……… there is no mention of homosexuals in Matthew 19 ………….

        • neenerpuss .

          I can remind you of the story of David and Jonathan and a love that is greater than that of a woman. A gay love story in the bible.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It’s the supreme brotherhood, friendship, and loyalty. Sodomic Western culture is insanity because it sees every affection as depravity. Happy is a man whose descendants are not the Western pervs. Secular West needs Christianity for sanity.

          • neenerpuss .

            Really? They form a covenant and get naked. That’s a marriage.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No, they didn’t. Nudism is another mental defect of secular West and its mental slaves.

      • Harry Oh!

        Christ doesn’t say anything about lying either, but I’m pretty sure he frowns upon that. But Paul clearly addresses homosexuality in the NT;
        “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 women, burned in their lust one toward another” Romans 1:26-27.
        Loving one another does not mean having sex. You need to practice exegesis hermeneutics when interpreting scripture and stop twisting it into something you want it to mean. That’s disingenuous and patently dishonest.

        • neenerpuss .

          Only you are allowed to twist scripture? That bible can be interpreted in literally 1000’s of ways, because it has been rewritten and transcribed 1000’s of times by 1000’s of people all with their own agenda. Gay people exist. They are no different than heterosexuals and are even included in the bible as such.

        • Delphi Psmith

          Of course if one is not a Christian, that is entirely irrelevant.

  • Gary Metzger

    Gay marriage is no more a true marriage than merely opining you’re a member of the opposite sex makes you one. Men and women were meant for intimate attachment, not men and men or women and women. Now to be sure, many gays were sexually and violently assaulted while young, and such activity will throw anyone’s life and life constructs into complete chaos. Yet Jesus is the answer for such, not continuing in a mode of existence which God never, ever made us to participate in.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      At this rate, each new generation will be sicker each passing year and will abuse next generations. May Lord Jesus intervene and protect the children. The Church must uphold God’s truth instead of appeasing the culture’s mentally-ill villains.

  • Emmanuel

    Members of this church, please leave already and find a God fearing church.

  • 201821208 :)

    gotquestions dot org/gay-marriage dot html

  • Rev. James B. Medd

    The apostasy is well underway. The Anglican church well on its way to hell. Parishioners get
    out/separate yourself from this fallen organization. Start a house church because when all is
    said and done this is the body that will make it to the end.

  • Robert

    As a wels member What’s even more troubling is the vote in the first place . that Anglicans think human votes could go trump Gods word. The bible is POPE over all popes nothing.trumps Gods word.