Conservative parishes declare 'no confidence' in Archbishop of Canterbury [ChristianToday]

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    Conservative parishes declare 'no confidence' in Archbishop of Canterbury

    Harry Farley Journalist 14 June 2017 | 4:31 PM

    Two Anglican churches have declared 'no confidence' in the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in the latest feud over Church of England teaching on sexuality.

    The unprecedented move by St George's Becontree and St Elisabeth Becontree will further heighten tensions as bishops draft a new teaching document on the CofE's stance on gay marriage.

    Rev Steven Hanna, vicar of St Elisabeth Brecontree, will not attend a training session organised by the bishop.BBC

    Rev Steven Hanna and Rev Simon Smallwood accused Justin Welby and John Sentamu of 'unbiblical leadership' in a letter publicising the votes to the conservative blog site Anglican Mainstream.

    Given 'the failure to teach sound doctrine and the refusal to refute, publicly, false teaching and practice, each congregation was asked to consider the current leadership in light of the biblical requirement for bishops', the two vicars said.

    The two congregations also declared 'no confidence' in their own Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, who has called for official thanksgiving services for gay couples.

    The two churches said they had no confidence in any of the three leaders to 'uphold publicly biblical and traditional teaching and practice on sexual morality and refute publicly any that oppose this teaching and practice, namely that "faithful sexual relations blessed by God are only those within the boundaries of biblical and traditional marriage between a man and his wife"'.

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    God bless these vicars for their common sense approach

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