January 15, 2016
Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies:
Many of you have received the news that the meeting of Anglican primates that has just concluded in Canterbury has voted to issue what it calls “consequences” to the Episcopal Church for our full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our common life.
This news may be painful for some of us, particularly for LGBT people who have been excluded too often and for too long by families, churches, schools, and other institutions mired in homophobia. It may also be hurtful or unsettling to those of us who value our mission relationships with Anglicans across the Communion.
I want to assure you that nothing about what the primates have said will change the actions of General Convention that have, over the past four decades, moved us toward full inclusion and equal marriage. And regardless of the primates’ vote, we Episcopalians will continue working with Anglicans across the globe to feed the hungry, care for the sick, educate children, and heal the world. Nothing that happens at a primates’ meeting will change our love for one another or our commitment to serving God together. I commend to you Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s powerful statement on just this theme.
(Editor’s note: The Episcopal Church’s leadership is becoming yet more heretical and apostate in nature. To follow the Scriptures is to embrace God’s view of family and marriage, not the world’s. Either you believe in all of God’s laws, or you do not believe in any of them. It is not for man, or any church leader, to take away or add to the Scriptures. Believing in God’s laws regarding sexuality and marriage does not make one a bigot. This pains me as my wife grew up in the Episcopal Church and worked there for a while. I have attended one of their parishes and enjoyed communing with them.)
(This is part of the falling away of the faithful that the Apostle Paul wrote about in verses like 1 Timothy 4:1: The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (NIV))
(In John 14:23: Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.“) (NIV)
(Here are my thoughts to Ms. Jennings’ use of the word “homophobes” toward other Christians, from James 3:5-6: “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (NIV))
(Who wins when a church body divides itself through heretical teachings? The devil does. But here is the good news: Jesus already has won this battle through His death on the cross and His resurrection. The devil is working on borrowed time until God’s final judgement. Repent of your sins and call on the Lord Jesus for salvation and He will be merciful and forgive you, and give you eternal life. Amen.)