Sadly, the Church of England that exists today under the oversight of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, cannot properly –
XX. Of the Authority of the Church.
THE Church hath power to decree rites or ceremonies and authority in controversies of faith; and yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain anything contrary to God’s word written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture, that it be repugnant to another. Wherefore, although the Church be a witness and a keeper of Holy Writ: yet, as it ought not to decree anything against the same, so besides the same ought it not to enforce anything to be believed for necessity of salvation.
With respect to this article, rather than refer to contentious matters of involved and complex theology, we may look at a very simple case that is easily understandable to all readers, irrespective of their theological training. We have at least two verses in the Bible that proscribe sodomy –
- Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
- Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Since Article 20 forbids that the CofE ordain what contradicts Scripture, and the Scriptures disallow sodomitic union, then as the CofE now blesses sodomitic relationships rather than refusing to accept them and engaging in its spiritual duty of teaching those bound within such relationships that these relationships –
Anglican readers that love the Bible, and want to be faithful to the foundational doctrine of the Church of England as expressed in the Thirty-