This past week I wrote a post titled “The English Bishops on Marriage: The Sound of One Hand Clapping.” The one hand clapping was a December statement from the House of Bishops of the Church of England affirming the teaching of the Bible, the historic church and the Book of Common Prayer that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for the purposes of procreation, avoidance of sin, and mutual help and society. Many traditionalists were pleasantly surprised to see this affirmation; others were scandalized.
That didn’t take long. Let me paraphrase their message:
In a follow-up post on “St. Paul to the English Bishops on Marriage,” I suggested that the bishops’ half-hearted affirmation of traditional marriage was actually just “worldly babble,” which St. Paul warns against (2 Timothy 2:15-16). The Archbishops’ apology presages a future time when bubbly babble about inclusivity and diversity will not suffice and will be replaced by the grim gruel of political correctness. Again to paraphrase (with hat tip to Orwell):
You shall live in love and faith and the Sexuality Gospel will set you free.
Think not? Ask the cakeshop owner in the USA whose business was shut down for refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake. Ask the NHS nurse in the UK fired for offering a Bible and a prayer to a patient. Ask Episcopal Bishop Love. Did Justin Cantuar and John Ebor raise a hand for any of them?