THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
RADICAL CHANGE IN MARRIAGE LITURGY
The Episcopal Church in the USA plans to remove “husband
and wife” as well as references to procreation in its
marriage liturgy. This is to accommodate homosexuals and transgenders.
What this of course does is to overturn the whole reality
of authentic Christian marriage, which is between a man and
a woman, and is intended for both spousal love and procreation.
The Protestant Churches have long ago bowed to the homosexualist
onslaught and accepted the culture of death, including divorce,
abortion and same-sex unions. This for them is just another
natural step forward. The evil one will not rest until God-created
marriage and family are destroyed.
There are forces within the Catholic Church that also want
to liberalize our doctrine and practices. There is the current
of political correctness that seeks not to offend but to accommodate,
even obviously sinful practices as active homosexuality.
U.S. Episcopal Church bows to gay pressure,
deletes ‘husband and wife’ from marriage liturgy
2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Church of England is torn
over plans by the The Episcopal
Church (TEC) in the United States to efface the terms “husband”
and “wife” – as well as references to “procreation”
– from its marriage liturgy.
The change is meant to make
the church’s marriage ceremonies more “gay-friendly.”
Gay and lesbian Episcopalians have complained that the language
of the current liturgy is offensive and exclusionary.
The move prompted a critical response from Church of England
Secretary General William Nye last October, strongly urging
the TEC to reconsider. The letter threatened to cut ties with
the U.S. church if it adopts the planned gender-neutral, replacing
the current wording in its Book of Common Prayer.
“The new service removes the phrase ‘the union
of husband and wife’ and replaces it with ‘the
union of two people,’” according to a report in
the U.K. Telegraph. It also “replaces the section which
talks about part of God's intention for marriage being ‘for
the procreation of children’ with the phrase ‘for
the gift of children’ to make it more relevant for same-sex
couples who may wish to adopt.”
Since then, the Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, along with
30 of the 483 members of the Anglican Church’s ruling
synod, have stepped forward to support the TEC revised marriage
liturgy, opposing the Church of England’s (CofE) leadership.
An Anglican LGBT advocacy group, One Body One Faith, has also
penned an open letter blasting Nye for upholding the immutable
nature of marriage as solely between a man and a woman.
The letter states that the TEC in the U.S., which plans to
make the marriage liturgy gender neutral, is “courageous,
just, and Christ-like” and the CofE’s insistence
on maintaining the definition of marriage has produced “anger,
frustration and disappointment.”
The letter further suggests that the CofE’s upholding
of Church doctrine represents a “refusal to listen”
and is “the single biggest missional disaster of our
“It should not need saying, but it bears repeating,”
the letter continued. “No one is attracted to a group
of Christians who profess the love of Christ but seem incapable
of recognizing it in the loving, committed relationships of
two people. These matters are not disconnected.”
“Dating as far back as
1976, the Episcopal Church has engulfed itself in controversy
surrounding its goal of becoming a radically inclusive church,
regardless of Biblical doctrine,” ChristianJournal.net
reported, as it has made acceptance and incorporation of homosexuality
and transgenderism a priority.
Currently, TEC in the U.S. permits LGBT clergy members and
for gay couples to wed in the church.
Read the full One Body One Faith letter here.