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Offline Kingfisher

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Should I stay or should I go?
« on: August 25, 2023, 03:40:50 AM »
Dear all

I want to see how others approach my concern.

I go to a Church of England church. I love the church and plan to get baptized next year. (Been going on and off since 2010)

However , because it's CofE, they have started making changes, in the synod, not locally. The changes are a hot topic which is around LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance in the church and have already started with blessings of gay marriage earlier this year.

I personally don't believe it fits with scripture.

I could go on, but my main point, would you start going to another church or stay?
Although it's not talked about in my church I know some attendees believe in bringing in LGBT into the church.

As I said, I like my church and it's events and community activities, but disagree with the proposed changes and made changes by the CofE as a whole.

What would you do?
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Re: Should I stay or should I go?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2023, 07:57:54 AM »
We attended a CafE church for many years. (We left when we moved house)

One of the strange things about the CorE is that you can have two churches in adjacent parishes with totally different approaches and practices. What the synod or diocese says doesn't necessarily match up with what your own church is saying and doing. Many years ago there was a very senior bishop who didn't believe in the resurrection - but the rest of us just carried on as normal...

I wiould go by what your own church is teaching, rather than the CorE as a whole. Support your vicar as long as he/she is preaching the truth (they will need your support!). But if the local church departs from the faith, that's the time to vote with your feet and go either to another parish or another denomination.
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Re: Should I stay or should I go?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2023, 10:42:30 AM »
Hi Kingfisher
All I can say is be obedient to the word of God and not the word of man we know what the bible says

          Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV

understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexuallyword of God  immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,
1 Timothy 1:9-‬11, ‬13 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/1ti.1.9-13.ESV

Men do not have the authority to change the the word of God so lets abide by his word if a guy person chooses not to practice his homosexuality then like any other sinner he can be accepted into the church its the act of doing thats the sin.

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Dave
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Re: Should I stay or should I go?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2023, 07:22:23 PM »
Dear all

I want to see how others approach my concern.

I go to a Church of England church. I love the church and plan to get baptized next year. (Been going on and off since 2010)

However , because it's CofE, they have started making changes, in the synod, not locally. The changes are a hot topic which is around LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance in the church and have already started with blessings of gay marriage earlier this year.

I personally don't believe it fits with scripture.

I could go on, but my main point, would you start going to another church or stay?
Although it's not talked about in my church I know some attendees believe in bringing in LGBT into the church.

As I said, I like my church and it's events and community activities, but disagree with the proposed changes and made changes by the CofE as a whole.

What would you do?

First of all what ever church you attend, attend it every week and be involved with what ever activities that church is doing.

2nd, I agree with Deborah, talk to the vicar, is he going to be true to the bible or is he going to distort it.
     Talk to him, support him and the church with your weekly attendance, by your regular prayers your financial giving and your volunteering.


 

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