AFRICAN ANGLICANS INVENT NEW RELIGION

Many of the leaders of the Anglican churches in Africa turned their backs on orthodox Christianity this week following the completely unnecessary announcement by the bishops of the Church of England that gay men who promise never to have sex with another man and publicly denounce homosexual behaviour as sinful could become bishops. As there has never, in the history of Christianity, been a law against having gay urges, the bishops' statement contains nothing novel whatsoever. Also, it has always been a primary doctrine of the Christian religion that those who repent of their sins are forgiven by God and should be forgiven by the Church. A past repented of is not a bar to any position in the Church.

Therefore, for the homophobes of African Anglicanism to threaten further schism if the Church of England promotes men to the episcopate who promise not to have sex outside of heterosexual marriage and who have stated that any same gender nookie they got up to previously was very naughty indeed, is a rejection of the very heart of the gospel message. I have no idea what the former Anglicans are going to call their new religion. One thing is for certain it should not contain the word "Christian" as it has nothing whatsoever to do with the message of Jesus Christ.

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