The Episcopal Church has been slowly inching away from the simple teachings of the Holy Bible to better conform to the world in the name of “gender equality,” a concept that could not be more unbiblical.
Nevertheless, whether it’s ordaining transgender clergy or striking the words “husband and wife” from the liturgy, they seem much more interested in being politically correct than they do in furthering the Kingdom.
The latest, quite extreme example, is that they are considering striking all gender-specific language from the Common Book of Prayer, effectively rendering God gender neutral.
The Daily Wire reports:
Church leaders were alarmed by the “overwhelming use of masculine language” throughout the book and called for immediate revisions, saying it creates a kind of spiritual exclusion.
“As long as ‘men’ and ‘God’ are in the same category, our work toward equity will not just be incomplete. I honestly think it won’t matter in some ways,” Wil Gafney, a professor of the Hebrew Bible and strong advocate for the edit, told The Washington Post.
The Episcopal News Service said that Church leaders felt the masculine pronouns created a “barrier to evangelizing young people.”
Kathleen Moore, a seminarian from the Diocese of Vermont, said that such masculine pronouns get in the way of faith.
“Let’s let God be God,” Moore told the religious news agency.
Imagine if a well-established Protestant church announced they were going to try to make their teachings more consistent with atheism.
This is essentially what the Episcopal church is considering. In order to make God gender-neutral, one would have to rewrite the whole Bible.
The Bible constantly refers to God in strictly masculine terms, and the Creation account specifically designates male from female in all creatures, especially humans.
The idea that gender is a social construct is itself a social construct so rather than encouraging their congregants to conform themselves to the image of Christ, they’re trying to conform the whole church to the way of the world…all for the sake of “evangelizing young people.”
Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater!
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