Gay sex is a sin, says Archbishop of Canterbury

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has come under fire for ‘affirming the validity’ of a 1998 declaration which says gay sex is a sin.

Trigger Warning: This story deals with homophobic comments, which may be distressing to some readers. For 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For Australia-wide LGBTQI peer support call QLife on 1800 184 527 or live chat.

The leader of the global Anglican church sought to appease conservative bishops around the world at a once-a-decade Lambeth conference. The archbishop spoke to more than 650 bishops, saying questioning biblical teaching was “unthinkable.”

In his address, Welby said the 1998 statement, also known as Lambeth 1.10 and which is the church’s position on sexuality, was “not in doubt”. Lambeth 1.10 rejects “homosexual practice as inconsistent with Scripture” and “upholds fidelity in marriage between a man and a woman in union for life.”

Welby added that “for many churches, changing traditional teaching calls their very existence into question.”

Conservative bishops want church to uphold 1998 statement

Conservative church leaders, including the Archbishop of South Sudan, Justin Badi Arama, called on bishops present at the conference to support the 1998 declaration that would prevent the legitimization of same-sex relationships and marriages under the church.

Archbishop Arama spoke to Episcopal News Service saying he and other conservative bishops wanted to “bring the reaffirmation of 1.10 like any other issue in plenary,” but were turned down by organizers and have since decided to find support for “reminding people” of the 1998 declaration.

Although he told the conference that a “vast majority” of conservative Anglicans would not question biblical teachings as it was “unthinkable”, Bishop Welby added that he would not challenge the teachings and the services of churches that have chosen to perform same-sex marriages.

He also advised liberal churches that failure to update traditional teaching could mean they too would be “victimized with derision, contempt and even attack.”

LGBTQI Christians criticize the Archbishop

LGBTQI+ rights activists within the church have criticized Welby’s reaffirmation of the church’s conservative stance. Evangelical Christian and gay rights activist Jayne Ozanne publish on Twitter “Again, priority has been given to saving a man-made institution over protecting the lives of LGBTQ+ people.”

Ozanne added that Lambeth 1.10 encouraged “conversion therapy, which was ‘a stick with which many will continue to be beaten and suffer in the world’.

Episcopal and Anglican bishops supporting LGBTQ people within the church released a statement, acknowledging the suffering LGBTQI people would have suffered and seeking to affirm the “sanctity of their love wherever it is found in relationships. engaged”.

“We are therefore committed to working with our brothers and sisters across the Communion to listen to their stories and understand their contexts, which vary widely. However, we will never hesitate to fight discrimination and prejudice against people of different sexualities and gender identities.

Together, we will speak of healing and hope to our broken world and look forward to the day when all can feel truly welcomed, valued and affirmed,” the statement read.

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