The Anglican Institution Continues to Unravel – and Rome Benefits

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When the world's Anglican bishops gathered in Canterbury in mid-July for their once-a-decade general synod, known as the Lambeth Conference, they did so as the leaders of a religious institution in deep crisis.  Two issues dominated the meeting, as everyone knew they would; two issues that have split the worldwide Anglican institution into two opposing camps: the issue of the acceptance of sodomites, sodomite "marriage", and sodomite ordination into the Anglican priesthood; and the issue of women being ordained as Anglican bishops (they are already being ordained as priests).   Anglican conservatives are opposed to these things; Anglican liberals, on the other hand, are in favour of both.

The present massive crisis has been building up for many years.  First there was the decision, back in the early 1990s, to ordain women priests.  Then there was the drawn-out battle over whether or not to permit the ordination of sodomite priests, which resulted in 1998 in the Lambeth Conference issuing a resolution declaring active sodomy (note that! – active sodomy only!) to be incompatible with the Bible's teachings.  Then came the appointment in 2003, despite this resolution, of Anglicanism's first openly sodomite bishop, Gene Robinson, of New Hampshire in the United States.  And lastly came the decision, by the Anglican institution in England, to appoint women bishops.  Each one of these were milestones which have caused very serious divisions within the worldwide Anglican body.

The Bible is crystal clear about both these issues.  There is no ambiguity whatsoever as to what the Holy Scriptures teach: sodomy is an abomination, it is wickedness, it is vile, it is unnatural, it deserves and will draw down the judgment of God (Rom. 1:24-27; Lev. 18:22,23; Gen. 19; Lev. 20:13-16; 2 Pet. 2:6-8; Jude 7; etc.).  One just has to think of what the sin of sodomy is actually all about, and of what the Bible teaches about holiness, purity, true marriage, etc., to know it is an utter abomination as the Scriptures teach!  The Lord can and does save people from this great sin, just as He saves His elect from all other sins, freeing them from bondage to them; but no sodomite, while he remains such and unrepentant, shall inherit the kingdom of God  (1 Cor. 6:9-11).[1]

As for women being ordained as bishops: there is no such thing as an ordained priesthood within the true Christian Church anyway; for the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Priest His people need (e.g. Heb. 7 and 8).  True Christian ministers are called pastors and teachers in the New Testament, not priests, for they have no special priestly functions.  Their work is that of service; of ministry.  The entire Anglican priestly system is derived from Roman Catholicism, its spiritual "Mother", not from the Bible.  Also, according to the Bible, a bishop is precisely the same as a pastor or elder (cf. 1 Tim. 3:1; Phil. 1:1; Tit. 1:5,7); whereas within Anglicanism, as within Romanism, a bishop is a higher order within their priesthood.