REC Presiding Bishop denounces Critical Race Theory and hyphenated Christianity in address to the church’s General Council

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The Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Ray Sutton, has denounced the introduction of Critical Race Theory within the life of the Anglican Church. Speaking at the 56th General Council of the REC on 9 June 2021, Bishop Suttons stated:

Critical Race Theory may at some points offer useful information, they are not necessarily Biblical nor Christian in their premises, principles, and practices. They can even at times become explicitly anti-Christian displaying another kind of religious prejudice. And since they are only theories, they can offer misinformation or exclude key information. Moreover, these secular racial theories in the hands of some biased researchers unfortunately succumb to atheistic totalitarian, Marxist ideologies. 

He also spoke to the recent controversy over “gay Christian” terminology, observing this was a flawed approach to Christian anthropology and ecclesiology.

The ACNA College of Bishops statement, Sexuality and Identity: A Pastoral Statement from the College of Bishops, “concludes for a number of reasons why sexually hyphenated designations of Christians struggling with same-sex attraction is neither Biblical, historical, nor pastoral. The statement also reassured these misguided believers of our commitment to love, help and care for those Christians wrestling with this disorder.”

The full text of Bishop Sutton’s address is appended below.

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