Monday, February 17, 2014

The Church of England's oxymoronic gospel of sin management


Among the more benighted pronouncements emanating from the "pastoral guidance" issued over the weekend by the Church of England House of Bishops is this load of sanctimonious gibberish:
We are conscious that within both Church and society there are men and women seeking to live faithfully in covenanted same sex relationships. As we said in our response to the consultation prior to the same sex marriage legislation, “the proposition that same sex relationships can embody crucial social virtues is not in dispute. Same sex relationships often embody genuine mutuality and fidelity…., two of the virtues which the Book of Common Prayer uses to commend marriage. The Church of England seeks to see those virtues maximised in society.
This paragraph sums up precisely the problem not only in the Church of England, but in numerous other ecclesiastical bodies in the West, including some that are avowedly more evangelical in their temperament. What is being propagated here is a half truth gospel of sin management and cultural accommodation, rather than the true Gospel of repentance, regeneration, and new creation.

Paul said, "And such were some of you, but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Corinthians 6:11). He did not say, "And such are some of you, but your genuine mutuality and fidelity makes your transgression permissible because it embodies certain virtues which the church seeks to see maximised in society."

There is never, repeat never, any virtue in rebelling against God. To speak oxymoronically of any sin, sexual or otherwise, as embodying "mutuality and fidelity" is nothing but a feeble attempt to overlook that sin's temporal and eternal consequences.