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-Episcopal Church Releases New ‘Same-Sex Marriage’ Rites

by Dr. D ~ March 13th, 2012

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The Episcopal Church USA just released a draft of the new same-sex marriage rites that are being developed for official use across the denomination.

The church is already involved in conducting same–sex marriages in states that allow for it but there is no formal denominational liturgy for the ceremonies. Also, same-sex commitment blessings are permitted elsewhere in the church under the direction of the local bishops.

The drafts are released so that they may be studied by bishops and lay/clergy delegates before the church’s General Convention this summer.

Here’s the proposed vows from the draft:

In the name of God, I, N., give myself to you, N. I will support and care for you: enduring all things, bearing all things. I will hold and cherish you: in times of plenty, in times of want. I will honor and keep you: forsaking all others, as long as we both shall live. This is my solemn vow.

And here’s the proposed draft pronouncement:

"Inasmuch as N. and N. have exchanged vows of love and fidelity in the presence of God and the Church, I now pronounce that they are bound to one another in a holy covenant, as long as they both shall live. Amen."

Response: For the entire history of the Episcopal and Anglican church, the official liturgy has has been Biblically based. Now they are proposing to proclaim God’s official blessing over same–sex marriages with what Biblical authority? The report makes this claim:

“fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful, honest communication, and the holy love which enables those in such relationships to see in each other the image of God.”

“Such covenantal relationships can reflect God‘s own gracious covenant with us in Christ, manifest the fruits of the Spirit in holiness of life, and model for the whole community the love of neighbor in the practice of forgiveness and reconciliation.”

They project authority for the new covenant in Christ’s teaching on loving one’s neighbor as ones self and then apply what the scriptures have to say about fidelity and monogamy into this new rite for relationships which for nearly 2,000 years were condemned by the faithful church and for tho9usands of years before that in Judaism.

It is a case of picking and choosing what Biblical passages will apply and ignoring clear teaching that would forbid this redefinition of marriage entirely. Under what authority do they call it a ‘holy covenant’ and pronounce God’s blessing upon this new rite? I guess ‘political correctness’ and a vote of their denominational conference is authority enough for these folks who have clearly departed from the Biblical faith once delivered to the saints.            *Top

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