Monday, June 1, 2015
Female Bishops Call God "She".
First, we have England's King Henry VIII's separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church due to the Pope's refusal to allow Henry a divorce from Catherine of Aragon. The Church of England and it's "Supreme Head" did not accept Christianity's traditional views on divorce.
Next, we have the Church of England producing it's own version of scripture, commonly known as the King James Version, which leaves out seven books of the Old Testament traditionally considered canonical.
In a jump from the 17th Century to the 20th, we have the Church of England becoming the first Christian denomination to break from traditional Christian teaching regarding contraception during the Lambeth Conference of 1930.
Closer to our time, we have homosexual Priests and Bishops in the Church of England and the Anglican community, and the ordination of female Priests, Bishops and Deacons as well.
Finally, today, support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgy to refer to God as female. [ telegraph.co.uk and dailymail.co.uk ].
Referring to God as female flies in the face of some of the earliest, most basic teachings of the Church. In two of the Gospels ( Matthew 6:9 and Luke 11 ) we have Christ teaching us how to pray. Although slightly different, both instruct us to pray to "Our Father".
In the Apostle's Creed we have "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth" followed by "and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord".
On the cross ( Luke 23:34 ) Jesus says "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do".
As Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, who left the Church of England and became Catholic following the decision to ordain women priests rightly said,
"God clearly isn’t a She as a She can’t be a father. This is plain silly, unbiblical and ridiculous. I think it’s the work of a few lunatics".