Can a divorced and remarried person join the Anglican Church?

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  1. bwallac2335

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    I assume that you mean in the US, with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), which I could probably speak toward. The specifics of your reception will depend on your local rector, because ACNA has had a lengthy process of reorganization after a very bloody battle with the Episcopal Church. Discipline is still very lax, and in many places you may not even be asked about your personal history.

    However, in terms of doctrine, can one be divorced and remarried without sin? The answer to that would be no. When the ACNA House of Bishops was formed with consecrations of bishops, some priests were divorced, and they were not allowed to become bishops, for instance.

    If this situation is about you, I would say start going to church, keep on the down low while you figure out your spiritual and personal life, acknowledge your sin (just as I will acknowledge mine), etc. Beg God for the gift of repentance, and walk with the Lord. I have seen it proven a hundred times that people who completely throw themselves upon the Lord have never walked away incomplete, or dissatisfied. We walk by faith, not by sight. But you've got to walk first, which means you've got to be a part of the public community of the faithful, and embrace doing pious works, and thoughts, in private life. Sometimes it's necessary to start doing holy things, before one necessarily feels all that holy.
     
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    Yes it is about me. The priest at the Anglican Church I attend when I can said I have a scriptural reason of divorce but I am not actually a member as I am still a Methodist
     
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    I'm not at all sure we are supposed to ever feel all that holy. We are called to be holy, without which no one will see The Lord, but feel holy? I'm not sure even Jesus Christ himself actually felt holy. Matt.19:17. Heb.12:14.
     
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    Have the priest at the parish you want to join review the relevant portion of the diocesan Canons with you. He probably needs the review as much as you need the information.
     
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    Then he probably will let you become a member. Since you have what he deems to be a scriptural reason, I doubt there's any barrier.

    I will add, though, that in my view official membership is more a matter of being able to vote for vestry members and suchlike. Being a member of the body of Christ and of God's family is to be found in the heart, not on a parish membership roll. I mean, it's good to be a member but not high on my personal priority list.
     
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    Yes, they can. I do not know if any specific Anglican church or diocese has specific policies on this. In the C of E, the church to which I belong, we have the complication of being the Established Church. Therefore, parish incumbents are in law marriage registrars. The C of E leaves it to the conscience of individual priests as to whether they will officiate at the marriage of divorced persons. There are priests who will not officiate when one or both of the parties are divorced but will grant them a blessing after a civil marriage ceremony (which I find rather contradictory). In general, I do not think you would have a problem in the C of E.
     
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