It’s so tiring to read ignorance like this, but this is why the church faces a schism. The bottom line is that one has to pray away the gay to be in good standing with the Big Guy UpstairsTM.

The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, has defended traditional biblical teachings on homosexuality and said the Church should not be “rolled over by culture”.

Dr Nazir-Ali spoke as tens of thousands of people, including Sarah Brown, the Prime Minister’s wife, joined the annual Pride London march to celebrate homosexual culture. A war of words broke out between Labour and the Conservatives over the issue of homosexuality last week after a minister accused the Tories of having a “deep strain of homophobia” running through the party.

…”The Bible’s teaching shows that marriage is between a man and a woman. That is the way to express our sexual nature. “We welcome homosexuals, we don’t want to exclude people, but we want them to repent and be changed.”

…The Rev Dr Giles Fraser, the president of the Inclusive Church, a liberal grouping in the Church of England, said: “Homosexuality is not a sin. It is the way many people love each other and is a gift from God. Ordinary people in the pews know this. And they are a lot more theologically aware than the handful of narrow- minded bishops who want to play politics with the Anglican Communion.”

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding