Why the Episcopalians Voted for Gay Marriage?
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
July 2, 2015 by
Christians who are unfamiliar with the Anglican worldview will likely be scratching their head over the vote yesterday by the Episcopal Church’s general convention to formally permit homosexual “marriage” to take place.
“How could such a thing happen in a Christian church?” you might ask.
The Episcopal Church of the USA is, of course, the American arm of the Anglican communion.
At the root of the Episcopal decision therefore goes back to the very foundation of the Anglican Church itself.
In the sixteenth century King Henry VIII wanted to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon and marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. When the pope decided against his request, Henry declared himself to be head of the church in England.
It should be remembered that Henry still considered himself to be Catholic. He probably admitted the pope’s authority of spiritual and moral matters. He simply wasn’t having the pope telling him what to do in the bedroom.
The Church of England was therefore founded on one man’s “problem in the trouser department”. Of course, it was more complicated than that, and Henry’s desire for a divorce and his subsequent dismantling of the Catholic Church in England had huge socio economic motivations as well. Added to that was the rising power and influence of the leaders of the Protestant revolution. Nevertheless, at the bottom line, the whole thing began with Henry’s unwillingness to submit to the church’s teaching on marriage and sexuality.
Because that urge created the break with papal authority, The Church of England cut herself loose from the voice of apostolic authority and could only look for her authority to that of the monarchy, and (by extension in our day) to the state. Therefore from that time onward was a house built on sand and not on the bedrock of Peter’s authority.
If you study English church history you will see that the Anglican Church since then has lurched from one internal crisis to another. Different factions within the Anglican and Episcopal Church are constantly at war. The Anglo Catholics and the Evangelicals, the Evangelicals vs. the Liberals, the Liberals vs. the Conservatives, the feminists vs the traditionalists, the homosexuals vs. the marriage supporters.
In virtually every case the Anglican-Episcopal church is also struggling with her response to the trends in the secular world. Because the Church of England was founded by a monarch and is the established church in England she (and her sister churches like the Episcopal Church) will always be inclined to follow the lead of the state and never to challenge the establishment view.
Of course particular Anglian-Episcopal leaders will speak out against some secular trend, but you can bet that when it comes to the vote the Anglican-Episcopals will always wet their finger in the wind and go with the way the secular world is going.
These two problems then, are at the foundation of the Anglican-Episcopal church: 1. an unwillingness to conform to the moral authority of the Catholic faith and 2. their subsequent foundation by a secular power which continues to make them beholden to the secular power.
As a result, the more the secular powers in England and the United States go down the path of secular atheism, be assured that the Anglican-Episcopal church will follow. Do you struggle with the idea that a body that presents as a Christian church would adopt a secular, atheistic worldview? It already has.
You have to understand that what they do is dress up their secular atheism in religious language. Just like they dress up like Catholic priests and bishops, so they will don the garb of the religious believer and mouth those words, while all the time they have “re-interpreted” those words.
Thus a typical Anglican-Episcopalian will say he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God incarnate. What he really means is that Jesus was such a good man–even a perfect human being so that when we see him we see what God is like. He will say he believes in the Virgin Birth, but what he means is that “in some sort of marvelous way the girl Mary was especially pure and innocent” On Easter Day he’ll say “Alleluia! Christ is Risen!” What he means is that “Isn’t it wonderful how, despite his tragic death, the teachings of Jesus continued to live on in the lives of his disciples…”
You get the idea.
The Episcopal decision should therefore surprise no one who understand the worldview of the Anglican-Episcopal Church.
Despite this, I should add that there are still many good Christian disciples in the Anglican Episcopal Church. We must pray that they will soon find a home in the Ordinariate which was erected to provide them a secure passage and a cabin in the barque of Peter.
Related Articles/ Videos:
Here-under are some articles about marriage for you to read or watch:
- Getting to know you, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=284
- Be Positive, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=288
- Love and Marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=292
- Endless Love – Marriage after all, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=294
- Say it with love, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=298
- Quality family moments, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=300
- Secret of successful marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=302
- The vocation of marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1968
- Marriage as Covenant, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1974
- Humility: Foundation for Marital Happiness, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1986
- Gratitude: Foundation for marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1980
- True Meaning of marriage, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=1972
- Marriage and incompatibility, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=2112
- Love is a garden, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=2116
- Three kinds of love, please click this link: http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/?p=2095
“God himself is the author of marriage” (GS 48:1). The vocation of marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes (CCC:1603)
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Michael Voris gives a series of short talks, answering questions coming in response to his talk on homosexuality in Nigeria.
In this talk from Nigeria, Michael Voris speaks about the grave evil presented as good – homosexuality. “Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity (cf. Gen 19:1-29; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10), tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intinsically disordered” (CDF, Persona humana 8). They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC: 2357).