Why Is The Church Of England In Such Agony?

The Church of England is going through pain and misery in deciding what it should do about female Bishops.  There is no clear answer and so a number of safeguards (or fudges) are proposed that no-one really wants.  And why is this happening?  Could it be because the Church of England is not being obedient?

On the 11th November 1992 the General Synod voted overwhelmingly to permit women to be ordained priests in the Church of England.

There are 3 explanations for this event:

  1. The General Synod considered this question prayerfully and responded to the Holy Spirit.
  2. The General Synod considered this question prayerfully and ignored the Holy Spirit.
  3. The General Synod did not consider this question prayerfully.

This post is not about the rights and wrongs of female ordination – I can see both sides of the argument and have my own reasons for knowing which side of the fence I come down on.  What does concern me here is the damage that this contortion is doing to Christ’s church.

It is quite clear from scripture that we are to submit to authority. *

Yet there are still those who oppose the ordination of female priests – what is their explanation? Not their explanation for why they oppose female priests but why they oppose the General Synod.  This makes no sense to me. Unless of course they believe that the General Synod is wrong – that in fact it ignored the Holy Spirit.  If this is the case, then the Church of England has greater problems than the ordination of female priests..

*Romans 13: 1&2 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

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