Letter to the Editor
Call for a Renaissance with Biblical Authority
EC No 8096 reported on Mr Stephen Knott being given the post of Secretary for Appointments with the approval of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, a key position. This has caused controversy as he is in a same sex marriage, a recipe for Church of England schism! The English Churchman printed a direct and edifying editorial based on ‘Biblical fidelity’ clearly distancing itself from this new appointment, and I would like to offer my own input.
Reference was made to Paul’s edicts to the Corinthians on sexually immoral people. The Editor asks, “What if he were a known swindler, idolater, drunkard or slanderer? Again Paul shed light on this in 1 Corinthians 6 v 9-10, “Do ye not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor homosexuals, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God”, vindicating the Editor’s stance. Part of the problem of the Church of England is that Paul is depicted in some quarters as a human journalist, sexist and misogynistic rather than God’s apostle, “All Scripture is given by by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”, 2 Tim 3 v 16.
My wife calls trendy doctrines as ‘Up to Date’ Christianity, which in itself is cherry picking false teachings, “For I am the Lord, I change not”, Malachi 3 v 6. It wasn’t Paul who wrote in Genesis 2 v 24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”, which invalidates this new appointment. The Anglican Communion is long overdue a renaissance with Biblical authority!