The gender of God has prompted debate within the Church of England, with many calling for male pronouns He and Him, as well as reference to Our Father, to be scrapped in favour of either gender neutral or female alternatives.
For starters, the Church of England is a hot bipolar mess with one side embracing Roman Catholicism, the other nominally Protestant, producing nothing but Laodicean hogwash constantly in conflict with itself. Ironically, the Church of England was the birthplace of the King James Bible back in 1611, having survived the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. What’s on the menu in 2023? Not much, just a raging debate to turn the God of the Bible into a gender neutral, non-binary thing you might just as well refer to as Antichrist from here on in.
“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” Genesis 5:1,2 (KJB)
If God becomes gender neutral, then He becomes an ‘it’, and in doing so He is no longer the God of the Bible but something else entirely. Maybe that’s what the Church of England is after, kicking God off of His throne and replacing Him with a genderless, meaningless and powerless ‘thing’ much like a transgender. Of course, the entire LGBTQ+ Movement is all about dethroning God, getting rid of His laws and His judgments, and bringing him down to non-binary status. Coincidentally, this is also the platform for the One World Religion of Chrislam. Whatever happens, you can now stick a fork into the Church of England, it’s finished and fit for the ash heap of Church history. Here’s a ‘fun fact’ about God, no neutrality is recognized. You are either saved and headed for Heaven, or lost and going to Hell, there is no third option, there is no Purgatory. God made man, that’s one, and from man He made a woman, that’s two and that’s all He wrote. God made two genders, all the others come from Satan. If you have a genderless God, that’s the Devil.
Gender-neutral God to be considered by Church of England
FROM MSN: Now, in what would mark a departure from centuries of tradition, bishops are to launch a project “on gendered language” referencing God in church services later this year. The move has been criticised by conservatives, who have warned that “male and female imagery is not interchangeable”. However, liberal Christians have welcomed it, claiming that “a theological misreading of God as exclusively male is a driver of much continuing discrimination and sexism against women”.
Details of the plans emerged in a written question to the Liturgical Commission, which prepares and promotes forms of service and religious worship in the Church, at General Synod, the Church’s lawmaking body, which is sitting this week.
Any permanent changes or rewriting of scriptures with gendered language would have to be agreed by a future meeting of Synod.
The Rev Joanna Stobart, from the Diocese of Bath and Wells, asked what steps were being taken to offer congregants alternatives to referring to God with male pronouns and if there was any update “to develop more inclusive language in our authorised liturgy”.
She also asked bishops “to provide more options for those who wish to use authorised liturgy and speak of God in a non-gendered way, particularly in authorised absolutions where many of the prayers offered for use refer to God using male pronouns”.
In response, the Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Rev Michael Ipgrave, replying as vice-chairman of the Liturgical Commission, said: “We have been exploring the use of gendered language in relation to God for several years, in collaboration with the Faith and Order Commission.
“After some dialogue between the two commissions in this area, a new joint project on gendered language will begin this spring.”
The precise details of the project remain unknown, with Dr Ipgrave declining to comment further. Prof Helen King, the vice-chairman of the Synod’s gender and sexuality group, said: “Questions around gendered language and God have been around for decades, if not centuries, but still have the power to bring out strong reactions.
“For some, God as father is helpful because of their own positive experiences of a loving parent. For others, God as father may reinforce a bad experience of a strict disciplinarian as their father. If we dig deeper, clearly God is not gendered, so why do we restrict our language for God in gendered ways?”
A spokesman for Women and the Church, a national campaign group for gender equality in the Church of England, also welcomed the move “to look at the development of more inclusive language in our authorised liturgy”. READ MORE
‘God is non-binary’: The transgender Church of England priest who was outed by a national newspaper
Sarah Jones – the first person to have made a gender change and then be ordained in the Church of England – was ‘outed’ to a national newspaper in 2005 but was (mostly) supported by her peers and parish. Based in Cardiff city centre, Sarah is a keen speaker on matters involving inclusion, and she fiercely maintains that Christianity is much queerer than we think. Gay-men to that.
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