Proof-texting of Scripture is all too common in discussions of human sexuality, but its theological worth is rather limited.
The more so, when it is done incorrectly. This is not what the House of Bishops' recent publication on marriage and same sex relationships has done. In fact, this document makes explicit reference to Scripture only 5 times across its 19 pages of text. However, one of the Pauline passages used to introduce this report is based on an unfortunate misunderstanding of the Apostle.
The BBC’s Today programme this morning interviewed Simon Sarmiento and Susie Leafe on the Church of England House of Bishops’ recent report on same-sex partnerships. If you want to listen to it it’s here, 1:21:45 in.
Simon was very polite about the bishops, much more than I would have been, but this post is about Susie’s contribution. Susie is the Director of Reform. I apologise in advance for the bitchy nature of my critique, but I strongly believe people who misrepresent the Bible while claiming to be its most fervent supporters should not be allowed to get away with it.
The Church of England’s General Synod is due to meet on 15th February, and some bizarre preparations are being made.
This post is about a long document, Setting God’s People Free, written by the Archbishops’ Council. On behalf of Modern Church I have written a response, much shorter but still over 4000 words, Setting God’s People Free to Do What They are Told.
'My primary feeling on reading the document was "here we go again"', Miranda Threlfall-Holmes remarks on her excellent response to the latest report from the Church of England’s House of Bishops on the apparently never-ending issue of same-sex relationships.
The report is called Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations. I hope Miranda’s arguments carry some weight in the forthcoming General Synod meeting.