I am NOT a homophobe!
What’s more I have it on the authority of no less a person than the Archbishop of Cairo, Mouneer Anis. He spoke yesterday of the challenges facing the church, including the false teachings which undermine the authority of Scripture. (I would add that here in Wales it appears these false teachings could be putting off the formerly Faithful, if the 5% drop in church attendance between 2014 and 2015 is anything to go by; 30% in the last 12 years. Not that our wobbly Welsh Bishops will take any notice because Archbishop Anis was speaking at the opening of the Gafcon Conference in Egypt.)
An example of these challenges is “the redefining of marriage by either permitting same-sex marriage or by indirect approval of it through prayers of blessing,” he said. He continued:
“The Primates at their meeting in Canterbury last January said this was ‘a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of our Provinces on the doctrine of marriage.’ Lambeth Conference resolution 1:10 represents this standard teaching that is held by the majority of the Provinces of the Anglican Church, which recognizes marriage only between man and woman.”
The archbishop went on to explain this did not mean we are homophobic when we reject the unbiblical views on human sexuality.
“We should love, embrace, and pastorally care for everyone but without compromising the teaching which is accepted by the majority in the Church.”
Of course we should. Thank you, Archbishop.