smccoy77 posted a comment · Jul 11, 2017
I agree. It is not particularly surprising given the direction that the Anglican church in particular, and much of the professed "Christian" world as a whole has been trending. It is sad though. This will undoubtedly result in another rift in the body of Christ (although it is not so much a rift but that there are entire populations of those who claim the name of Christian but have never belonged to the Church in the first place). It certainly creates confusion about the gospel in a world that definitely needs to hear it. We have to remember that Jesus' ministry picked up where John the Baptist left off, calling people to recognize and repent of sin. And while I agree that we need to have the ability to meet people who may have already had or are considering gender reassignment procedures who have come to Christ with love and acceptance, the message of repentance is the first step of the gospel. We cannot therefore celebrate, affirm, or encourage sinful behavior and still claim that we are proclaiming the gospel. As Paul says: Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? God Forbid (I am using the most emphatic statement of rejection consistent with the original Greek expression)! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in the newness of life...Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.