Church of England Overwhelmingly Votes to ‘Welcome and Affirm’ Transgenders

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YORK, U.K. — The Church of England, also known as the Anglican Church, has voted overwhelmingly to “welcome and affirm” transgendered persons, and might now also offer special liturgies to mark the person’s “transition” and accept them in their new perceived identity.

According to the denomination’s website, the General Synod voted on Sunday to approve a motion that “recognizing the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call[s] on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person’s gender transition.”

An outline of the proposal explains that the materials “may be used in parish churches and chaplaincies to provide a pastoral response to the need of transgender people to be affirmed following their long, distressing, and often complex process of transition.”

The House of Bishops voted 30-2 in favor of the motion, with two abstaining, and the House of Clergy voted to approve the measure 127-28, with 16 abstentions. Similarly, in the House of Laity, 127 supported the motion versus 48 opposed, with eight abstaining from the vote.

Chris Newlands from Blackburn, Lancashire proposed the motion, stating, “I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives.”

As previously reported, in 2015, Newlands told reporters that he concocted the idea after being approached by a girl who identifies as a boy, who wished to be baptized again under her male name.

“I said, ‘Once you’ve been baptized, you’re baptized,’” Newlands recalled to the Guardian at that time. “[But] he said, ‘But I was baptized as a girl, under a different name.’”

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“I said, ‘Let me have a think about it.’ So we did, and then we created a service, which was an affirmation of baptismal vows where we could introduce him to God with his new name and his new identity,” he said.

An amendment proposed by Nick Land of the Diocese of York, which called upon the House of Bishops to consider the theological and pastoral ramifications of gender transitions, was rejected by all three houses.

The synod also voted on Saturday to call upon the government to ban homosexual “conversion therapy,” with Paul Bayes, the bishop of Liverpool, asserting that it is not sinful to identify as homosexual.

“As the world listens to us, the world needs to hear us say that LGBT orientation and identity is not a crime. LGBT orientation and identity is not a sickness. And LGBT orientation and identity is not a sin,” he claimed. “In the Church we are certainly called to help one another to conform their lives to Jesus Christ and to live lives of holiness, but we do not need to engage people in healing therapy if they are not sick.”

However, some lamented the development, stating that it is an affront to the very heart of the gospel and the meaning of being a Christ-follower.

“To be a Christian is to surrender our appetites and longings, ordered and disordered to Christ. That’s what it means to take him as Lord,” wrote Gavin Ashenden for Anglican Ink. “That is what he encourages us to do in Matthew 11, when he says “Come unto me all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy. My burden is light.”

“The great travesty committed by the Church of England was to put forgiveness out of the reach of Anglicans. It did this by insisting that there was nothing to repent of, nothing to be sorry about, nothing to ask for help over in the face of sexual desires that were at odds with our biology or our commitments to Christ,” he explained.

Ashenden said that the Church of England has now presented a false Jesus to the world—which is especially dangerous and damning to those who are perishing.

“Where the real Jesus saves us from our sins and offers us renewal in the image and furthers the likeness of God, the fake Jesus offers to make us comfortable in our skins, cosy with our sexual appetites and untroubled by having the central areas of who we are off limits to the interference of God,” he outlined.

“This comes under the historic categories of both blasphemy and heresy,” Ashendon continued. “It interferes with peoples’ salvation. It replaces faith in the Living Christ with pseudo-therapy. It is an abandonment of the heart of the gospel; and this is done by people who when they use the words ‘Jesus, holy, love and acceptance,’ have twisted the words to mean very different things from what the Church has always intended.”


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  • Allan Trenholme

    And where does the Holy Bible, God’s eternal unchanging word come in?

    • Tammie Lynch

      Apparently they don’t read the Bible or think it doesn’t matter how you live. Very disturbing to say the least.

      • marcy77

        could be that they were not really rooted and grounded in the word of God and no fear of God…

        • Tammie Lynch

          I’d say so. Christian’s are the ones persecuted. We are, I know I am accused of hate and condemning. I only tell the truth as a Christian and pray as God commands. As it’s been said I hate the sin not the sinner. Sin is sin. Whether it be murder, thievy, lying, homosexuality etc. The key is when you repent you cease doing these things. We all make mistakes, but we repent. We can’t practice the sinful life every day and say we’re saved. God made no mistakes. The Bible is very clear about sin. TO BE VERY CLEAR I HATE NOBODY. SO YOU KNOW WHAT STOP TREATING EACH OTHER LIKE GARBAGE. WE ARE ALL GOD’S CHILDREN. HE LOVES EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. Really read the Bible. Seek the truth. The Bible is our guidebook. When Jesus was born a new covenant was born. Let that make you think and study the Word. God bless everyone.

      • Sisyphus

        And, yet another subjective application for something with no objective proof.

        • Jason Todd

          Dude, shut it. Adults are trying to have a conversation here.

          • Fred Frankle

            Shut your own mouth, Jason.

          • Jason Todd

            Dean, I know it’s you. You can’t come into a Christian website thinking you can cuss everybody out due to your own doubts and insecurities.

            You couldn’t get away with it and now acting like a petulant brat trying to get my attention will suddenly impress everyone?

            Wrong.

            Again.

            Blocked.

        • Tammie Lynch

          Tell me your explanation. I have my opinion. Why so much confusion and hate? What grounds do they have for not obeying God and the Bible? Unbelief, don’t read the Bible, twist it to suit them? We weren’t created to commit abominations. God gives us freewill. Many choose to live as they want. We don’t even belong to ourselves. We belong to God and he chose us. But we have to choose him not ourselves and the sinful lifestyle.

          • Sisyphus

            You speak as if the Christian God is the only true representation of some sort of objective Truth. Every religion in history has made a similar claim, and the concept of sin has been created to control behavior. You can keep your Bible and I don’t begrudge you that, but please don’t try to shove your subjective understanding of what you believe to be true on me.

      • Allan Trenholme

        I’d say they are just a social group meeting in a Church building.

        • Tammie Lynch

          The Bible says we should gather to uplift one another in Christ. I just wish people would read the Bible for themselves to understand what’s going on. God bless you. 🙂

        • Tammie Lynch

          We are called to meet together to uplift one another, but not in this fashion.

          Hebrews 10:25 King James Version (KJV)
          25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

          All are welcome at the church I attend. But we don’t support murder, thievery, lying, homosexuality etc. We are there like I said to uplift and grow in the Lord. We condemn nobody. We do strive to obey the Bible and God’s teachings. We all mistakes. We ask for forgiveness and don’t make sin our lifestyle. You just can’t be saved and live any way you want. God gives us freewill. He chose us, all we have to do is chose him. Read the Bible. Study the Bible.

          • Allan Trenholme

            I couldn’t have said it better myself!

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      in the ignoring of it ………..

  • FoJC

    The great Delusion continues to grow in the earth. The False Light is sweeping the globe. Only those who are in Covenant with Jesus Christ will be able to continue to see the Light, all the fake Christians and their institutions will keeping changing with the culture.

    The Eternal Word of God, Jesus, speaks to those who know Him by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures testify of the same. Those practicing a text based form of Christianity will continue to twist the words to fit into their personal opinions and perceptions.

    Follow Jesus, find Truth.

  • InTheChurch

    Another church that has left the presence of God.

  • Robert

    Those fence sitting congregations in that church have no excuses now. TIME TO BREAK CHURCH FELLOWSHIP WITH Church of England .it’s a no brain er now.

    • zampogna

      You would seriously break up a church over a single issue like this, which scripture doesn’t even address?

      • Reason2012

        God most certainly address it. Churches and individuals promoting such anti-God doctrines of course will never point it out.

        “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
        Deuteronomy 22:5

        “He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. “
        Deuteronomy 23:1

        “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”
        Matthew 19:4-5

        “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
        Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour 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 for ever. 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 recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

        Romans 1:22-32

        • Tammie Lynch

          I agree, but some not all don’t even believe in the Bible. They call it a fairy tale. The ones who do believe twist it or just read certain parts. I feel sorry for them. In the end it will be very eye opening, but to late. As I write this I think of all the hate that they will project upon me as a Christian. I project none. I tell the truth, persecuted or not. It’s a Christian’s place and God’s command to spread the Word. Not to condemn or judge but to lay out the truth to save their souls.

          • Reason2012

            Good points. Something for us all to consider: when judgment hits, people will realize the ones who actually cared were the ones who preached His truth in love, trying to warn others so they’d have a chance to come to that salvation as well. They’ll also realize the ones who were wicked were the ones who deceived them into thinking everything will be fine. May God bless!

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        it not only addresses it …. it addresses your denial that it addresses it …………..

        • zampogna

          I have denied nothing, only expressed surprise that such a minor issue would be allowed to split a church up.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            then obviously … it is NOT a small issue ……….

          • zampogna

            It should be. How much division do you need, your religion is already plagued with it.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            “The House of Bishops voted 30-2 in favor of the motion, with two abstaining,”
            “It should be. How much division do you need, your religion is already plagued with it.”

            psssst ….. the ones bringing division …… are the 30 who voted for this lie as well as the two who abstained ….. just so you know ………..

          • zampogna

            You shouldn’t be calling it a lie when it’s only one man’s hard-nosed, unwavering, bigoted opinion.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            Christ is a “my way or the low-way” kind of guy ……… you will have to take it up with Him ….. His house …. His rules ….. and we do not get to alter them at our will ……… it is His church …. not our church …. and gee …. it is inhabited by those who are called by His name …. and they just spit on Him …………

          • zampogna

            I’m pretty sure Christ would not agree with your position on transgenders.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i have no position … but if i had a position … yeah …. you are probably right ….. but since my position is His position ………. nope ………… it is HIS church …. not our church …… they are HIS rules ….. and we have no authority to alter them …………

          • zampogna

            I think all Christians would say that their position is His position. And yet most Christians, yourself included, always tell the other Christians that they are not true Christians. Isn’t that interesting? I wonder who the true Christians really are?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            *yawn* ……….. oh …. i am sorry …. did you have something to say …….

          • zampogna

            Yep. You serve God the same as anyone else who follows your faith, but you aren’t perfect. And you aren’t God.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            again …… *yawn* ……….. oh …. i am sorry …. did you have something to say …….

          • zampogna

            Well, are you willing to listen? Doesn’t appear that you are.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            you have said nothing and you continue to say nothing ……… what is left ………

          • zampogna

            It looks perfectly legit to me.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            you reject scripture ….. really ….. what else do we need to discuss ………. is your rejection of it legit …. sure …. so what …………

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            Eternal God Concerned He Might Be On Wrong Side Of History
            July 11, 2017

            yeah …. NO …………..

          • zampogna

            No one is ever talking about God, but yourself. Your position and God’s are not as interchangeable as you like to think. Especially if/when you misinterpret His ideas.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            again …. back at ‘cha sport ………..

          • zampogna

            How can you say “back atcha” when I don’t make anything close to the claim you are making?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            boring ………….

          • zampogna

            I know it’s boring, but the question is still there.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i enjoy long walks ….. especially when they are are taken by people who are trying to annoy me …………..

          • zampogna

            I’m not trying to annoy you. I’m trying to point out to you that you’re coming across as “teacher’s pet” to God. Every Christian I’m sure tries to serve God to the best of their ability but they need to keep in mind that they can only do the best they can and are not 100% aligned with God as much as they wish they were. People are human and make mistakes. I’m sure God wouldn’t be happy with a lot of the fighting and name calling that goes on here, and you’ve got to take a bit of responsibility for that at least.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            the people of God are predestined to be of God …. He has called us …. He has preselected us …. you reject scripture …. you reject truth …… you have not been selected …… YET …………. but you might …..

          • zampogna

            We’re not talking about me, we’re talking about you.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            we are talking about you talking about me ….. and all you have is pointless erudition ….

          • zampogna

            As long as you dance around the points I’m making you will continue to see it that way.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            dont need to dance around what has no validity ……….

          • Tammie Lynch

            God’s position is in the Bible. Love the sinner hate the sin. People want to defend a wrong choice the same as stealing, murder etc. It’s wrong.

          • zampogna

            What makes it wrong, other than the fact you don’t like it? Is it your place to decide these things for the person who is affected when you are not?

          • Tammie Lynch

            You know what zampogna, I’ve told you it’s a sin. If you don’t believe the Bible, then you will remain closed minded. The Bible is very clear. Whether I like it or not is not the issue. I would welcome anybody to church, but I wouldn’t support sin of any kind. I’d help pray with them to salvation. I pray for everybody. I’ve had homosexual supervisors at my job. They were very nice people. I always respected them. I also worked with thieves and liars. I never condemned them either. I prayed for them. Sin is sin. Getting salvation is not achieved by not giving up the sin. We all make mistakes. But we can’t make sin our lifestyle, whether it be murder, thievery, lying and yes homosexuality and transgenderism etc etc…God bless you. I hope for you and others only the best. I’ll be praying. 😉

            That’s all I will comment. Have a great day.

          • Tammie Lynch

            The term “sodomite” is taken from the city of Sodom. The definition of sodomite refers to anyone who engages in homosexual or lesbian acts.

            Sin of Sodom. There is a document at this site entitled “Same Sex Patterns of Life.” It provides a biblical understanding of what happened at Sodom and the nature of the sin. The sin was homosexuality. The sin was males with males. Then later in the New Testament God includes females with females.

            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 recompence of their error which was meet. (NASB) Rom. 1:26-27

            The Bible explicitly describes the homosexual act. There is no doubt that God does not accept this sin.

            Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (NASB) 1 Cor. 6:9-10

            Sodomite. The New King James Version (NKJV) translates the Greek word MALAKOS in 1 Cor. 6:9-10 as “Sodomite.” MALAKOS refers to a “soft or fancy homosexual,” or a “passive or receiving male partner in a homosexual intercourse act.” Consequently, the NKJV translated MALAKOS as Sodomite.” This is an acceptable translation. It should be noted that the term sodomite does not explicitly occur in some other translations. Even though other Bibles may not translate MALAKOS as “Sodomite,” that should not be a comfort because God rejects male with male or female with female sexual acts. A Sodomite is one who practices something that God has explicitly described as sin.

            Conclusion:
            God hates all sin and we are all sinners. But God does not hate us. A homosexual or lesbian has God’s heart and love but He hates the sin. Apparently it is a degrading sin and one that is very hard to give up. If you know a homosexual or lesbian, I would encourage you to love them and tell them about Jesus.

          • Bob Johnson

            The prophet’s description combined with what the Torah reveals to us gives us the following picture: the people of Sodom insisted on preserving their high quality of living to such an extent that they established a principle not to let the poor and homeless reside in their city. Consequently when a destitute person would come seeking help, they would revoke his right to any welfare–public or private! By doing this they figured they would preserve an elite upper class community who would monopolize the profits that the bountiful land offers without having to distribute any revenues to a “lower class” of people.

            An opinion in the Mishnah in Avot 5:10 further strengthens this picture of moral depravity when it defines the Sodomite as one who says, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours.” The Mishnah decries a man who wishes to remove himself from the social responsibility of welfare by closing himself and his wealth from others, even if he makes the claim that he is not taking away from anyone else.

            from my jewish learnings dot com

          • zampogna

            You aren’t actually loving the sinner and hating the sin, Tammie, you are hating the person you perceive to be “sinning”.

            And you are taking what you call a “homosexual act” and ignoring the fact that it’s done far more often by straight people. And practically NEVER by lesbians.

            Don’t you think you need to re-think this a little?

          • Tammie Lynch

            Nothing to rethink. Closed minds and delusional perceptions such as yours are nonsense. Drama creators aren’t caring one way or another, just into the argumentative factor. I said my part. God bless you. You need to rethink.😉

          • zampogna

            No, dear. My thinking is based on solid science and a good education, not on faith based hatred. That you even use a word like “sodomites” in this day and age tells me all I need to know – you have a desire to hurt people, not do anything helpful. Throw the hate in the garbage where it belongs and stop reducing the entire LGBT population to one sexual practice which is also practiced by straight couples.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            it calls God a liar …… not a good idea ………..

          • zampogna

            It does no such thing.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            so just your personal opinion …. K ……..

          • zampogna

            To counter your own personal opinion, yes.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            my opinion comes from scripture ….. yours is PFA ……….

          • zampogna

            Your opinion comes from your INTERPRETATION of scripture.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i have no interpretation of scripture ….. you have your interpretation of PFA ……

          • zampogna

            Everyone has an interpretation. Any time you read anything you interpret it. I don’t know why that’s so hard for you to understand.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            zzzzzzzzzzzz ………… again ….. boring ….. the only “interpretation” that matters is CHRISTS …….

          • zampogna

            So you read scripture and amazingly you understand it perfectly and you get nothing wrong. So your interpretation is perfect.
            Another Christian reads it and you call them a false Christian, and why do you call them that? Because you dislike their INTERPRETATION.

            Get it now?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            there is no private or “personal” interpretation of scripture ……….. if it is …. then it is not scripture ….. its just garbage …………

            2Pet 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

            FAIL …………..

          • zampogna

            Funny how everyone “fails” except you, huh Amos?

            EVERY interpretation of scripture is personal, unless you’re having someone explain to you what it means. Then it’s their interpretation. But it’s always going to be an interpretation. I think you still don’t have your head around the meaning of that word yet.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            boring …. i have to go watch Puppy Dog Pals for a while …. then i am going to watch My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic …… we had this conversation …… those shows are far more interesting than the boring garbage you are spouting once again …… you reject the scriptures ….. we really have nothing to discuss ………..

          • zampogna

            I think you’re right, I’ve seen you dodge every single thing thrown your way.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            yawn ……… where is My Little Pony ………..

          • zampogna

            I think you left it in the other room with your other dodges.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i dont own a Dodge ….. i actually dont own a car ……….. but thnx …….

          • Tammie Lynch

            Totally agree!

          • Minor issue? Do some research brother and see how much oppression the LGBT community is causing he Christian community. This is just not about Scripture. Our culture is Saturated with Sex, Drugs, and A Fake Church has turned away and is allowing man and woman of the same sex to say “Look at us, we are going to get married and we want to tell the world we have disgusting sexual activities”. We can g on for hrs how much of a big deal it is. Regardless of anything, the Bible stated this would happen and this just the start of the end.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            pssst …. s/he is not a brother ……….. maybe a neighbor ….. but s/he is not saved ……….

  • The Church of England is now officially apostate, having rejected the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God. Brothers and sisters, get out now!

  • Luminous

    All the churches I know welcome transgenders, homosexuals, thieves, murderers, adulterers, everyone. If you’re willing to repent of your sins, you join the family of God.

    OTOH, “affirming” sin is not Christian. That’s Satan’s modus operandi.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      people are saved by the church …. but for the most part … they are not saved IN church …….. church is for the already saved …. not the unsaved …………. the sanctuary is for worship and glorification ….. for the sacraments …… there is no example in scripture that people went to a church and were saved ………… that is a false narrative ….

  • By definition, a person who is “trans-gendered”, is living a fiction. What does it mean to “affirm” such a person? To affirm the fiction? Is that godly? How would one know that anybody was trans-gendered in the first place?

    Secondly, why on earth would a Christian denomination either recommend particular, controversial, purported therapies, or recommend not trying therapies they don’t expect to work? Who do they think they are, the judges who ruled in the Charlie Gard case? Next they’ll be condemning Prince Charles, for taking the interest he does in homeopathy.

    • This style 10/6

      Homeopathy is fraud, pure and simple fraud. That Charles takes an interest in it is a measure of his intelligence.

  • Rachelthemillenial

    Ask the Episcopalians how much their church has grown after they started embracing these people.

  • What’s Next? the Church of England will marry a sick man and a Animal?

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Cop faces complaint for ID’ing transgender woman as male on traffic ticket

    i am not going insane ….. i am going sane in an insane world …………..

  • Scooter

    I’m beginning to understand what “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man” might mean.