As theological debates on sexuality and marriage become more and more central, many Christian denominations are being asked to clarify their views.
“The traditional doctrine of the church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union”, Primates say after crucial discussions.
After a tense worldwide meeting of the 38 primates of the Anglican Communion these days in London, the Anglican Communion has made a public statement in which they deffended the Biblical view of marriage.
“The traditional doctrine of the church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union”, they said.
Anglican provinces who have ordained openly gay ministers are urged to change their position: “Recent developments in The Episcopal Church (USA) with respect to a change in their Canon on marriage represent a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of our Provinces on the doctrine of marriage”, the Primates affirm.
“Possible developments in other Provinces could further exacerbate this situation”, the statement says.
USA “WIL NOT TAKE PART IN DECISION MAKING”
“Given the seriousness of these matters we formally acknowledge this distance by requiring that for a period of three years The Episcopal Church no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity”, the Primates clearly stated.
Read the full statement here.