Church of England Votes to Consider Celebrating Transgenders’ Transition

Members of the church listen to speakers at the General Synod in Assembly Hall on February 15, 2017 in London, England.

By Nancy Flory Published on July 9, 2017

The Church of England voted Sunday during its General Synod to consider special services for transgender people to welcome them and mark their transition  The General Synod, which began in York on Friday, lasts four days.

Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory church, proposed the motion. “I hope that we can make a powerful statement that we believe trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them,” said Newlands.

The motion suggested that there is a need for transgender people to be “affirmed” and “welcomed” in their church, reported the BBC.

The Synod rejected an amendment to the motion asking bishops to think about theological, pastoral and other issues around the motion.

“Theology has to be done” by the House of Bishops, but “it can be done very quickly,” said the Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu.

Sentamu said that the world needs to hear the Church say that LGBT orientation and identity is not a crime. “LGBT orientation and identity is not a sickness,” he added, “and LGBT orientation and identity is not a sin.” Further, the synod overwhelmingly voted to ban conversion therapy for LBGT Christians, curiously arguing that the Bible does not condemn gender transition or homosexuality.

However, Leviticus 18:22, among other verses, clearly states that homosexuality is a sin. “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” Leviticus 20:13 is even harsher:

If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Romans 1:26-28 as well, speaks of the “shameful lusts” of homosexuality.

Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby said that the Church of England will spend three years working on a document that will outline its new view on sexuality.

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  • JP

    These leaders need to resign. They are false teachers.

  • meamsane


  • Paul

    Consider for a moment that our new SCOTUS member Neil Gorsuch is also a member of a church that is in full communion with this bunch.

  • Jim Walker

    Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory church, proposed the motion. “I hope that we can make a powerful statement that we believe trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them,” said Newlands
    It will be shocking it Mr Newlands add a few words at the end with “who created them (b)that way(b)”.

  • Laura Ann Register

    Talk about being blinded by the lies of Satan. It is as it says in Leviticus 18: 22 and 20:13,it is a Detestable Sin! God is not going to make an exception for anyone or for any Church and for them to think that they can rewrite those Scriptures to fit what they think, that is a Very BIG mistake on their part. Yes the Lord loves every BUT HE HATES the SIN!!! They need to go back and read what he did to “Sodom and Gamorah”. No one can ad or remove any Word from the Bible to make it fit what they want it to make others feel welcome in their church. It is Blasphamy to God and a mockery to His Word. Not wanting to Judge or Condemn them, but their Church will not be blessed and God WILL NOT BLESS THEM!!!! They need some serious prayer and I as a part of the Body of Christ will be praying for them and asking the Lord to please open their eyes to the truth.

    • Pigdowndog

      ” No one can ad or remove any Word from the Bible to make it fit what they want ”
      Deuteronomy 21:18-21
      When was the last time you obeyed that law?

      • Laura Ann Register

        I obey that LAW every time. I do make mistakes and I ask God for His forgiveness, I’m not perfect but I will not add or remove any thing from God’s Word. Like Jesus says” Not one jot and not one titter will be removed from the Word of God until my return.

        • Pigdowndog

          “I obey that LAW every time.”
          You clearly have no idea what that law says which is typical for theists.
          They’ve never read their “instruction book” but swallow the nonsense parroted by preachers.
          How about these “laws” and words? In agreement with these?
          1 Timothy 2:12,
          1 Samuel 15:3:
          Exodus 22:18
          Psalm 137
          1 Peter 2:18
          How about this jolly little tale full of humanity? Agree with the outcome of this one? Judges 19:25-28.
          I’ve found one you’ll probably like though Romans 1:27.
          The bible is probably the most immoral book of fiction with the vilest of protagonist ever published.

          • Laura Ann Register

            All I have to say to you about this is that I forgive you for your ignorance on calling the Bible fiction. Soon enough you will have to stand in front of Jesus and answer for your calling the Bible fiction. The Bible is not fiction, everything that is written in it, is REAL, it is a survivers handbook for the believer and it is God speaking to us if we really believe in Him? Apparently you have different ideas about it and you have that right, but you need to stop and take a good look at yourself and ask yourself where will you be spending Eternity?

          • Pigdowndog

            First of all childish threats of eternal hellfire don’t work on me as I’m not seven years old anymore.
            I repeat, the bible’s a vile book of hate written by ignorant goat-herders who who knew nothing of how the natural world works.
            Also judging by the way you’ve dodged my questions about those bible verses I quoted you certainly haven’t read it. Which is par for the course with god-botherers.
            The bible is most certainly a book of fiction, up there with Harry Potter.
            I have had a “good look” at myself. Why do you think I’m an atheist?
            It’s frankly embarrassing that supposedly educated grown ups believe that superstitious nonsense.
            As to eternity. I’ll “spend” it the same way as you and every other living thing that has ever existed.
            Rotting down to the stardust everything is made of.
            Far more beautiful that a fictional celestial North Korea.

  • Stephen D

    My friends in the evangelical (conservative) Anglican churches in England will be forced now to consider whether they should leave the Anglican Communion. I hope they do leave, and start a new denomination. The Church of England has become an offence to all true Christians.

  • Gary

    There are no Christians in the Church of England.

  • Billy Chickens

    So instead of correcting them and trying to guide them to Heaven, the Church of England will think up new theology that will keep them in their sin? Great. Just great. Just what Jesus Christ had in mind. But then the C of E split from the Catholic Church so they don’t care what Christ wants. They make it up as they go along, and this proves that fact. Talk about heresy and a false religion!

    • Pigdowndog

      ” They make it up as they go along,”
      Irony at its very best !!!

  • swordfish

    There’s nothing wrong with homosexuality or same-sex marriages. Marriage, including same-sex marriage predates all forms of Christianity and it’s about time nonbelievers reclaimed it from hateful, stone-age morality of religion. Yes, the Bible condemns homosexuality but it condones slavery and conquest rape – should we have kept slavery because it says so in the Bible?

  • Fox

    I will never be shocked at the flip-flop Christianity has done in order to appear tolerant to people who despise its very existence. I also suspect this is why the Church of England has had record-low attendance in the last few years.

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