Anglican bishops urged to reaffirm Lambeth 1.10

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An Orthodox community of Anglicans is calling on the bishops of the Lambeth Conference to reaffirm Lambeth 1.10 as “the official teaching of the Anglican Communion on marriage and sexuality”.

Resolution 1.10 was passed at the 1998 Lambeth Conference and supports marriage as a union between a man and a woman for life, while rejecting homosexual practice as inconsistent with Scripture.

At the Lambeth 2022 conference being held this week in Canterbury, Kent, formal resolutions have been replaced by “calls” on topical issues.

A reaffirmation of Lambeth 1.10 was removed from the call for human dignity after a backlash from liberal bishops.

In response, the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSFA) issued its own resolution for bishops to sign.

The invitation to support the resolution was also extended to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who met GSFA members on Saturday.

The GSFA resolution “supports fidelity in marriage between a man and a woman in union for life, and holds that abstinence is just for those who are not called to marriage.”

It rejects homosexual practice as inconsistent with Scripture and “cannot counsel the legitimization or blessing of same-sex unions nor ordain those involved in same-sex unions”.

A final clause urges all Anglican provinces to take further steps to conform to this position.

In the preamble to the resolution, GSFA President Archbishop Justin Badi said: “Anglican identity is first and foremost founded in Holy Scripture and the teachings of ancient Church Fathers and Councils.

“Lambeth Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference is a test of fidelity to this doctrinal standard, for it explicitly applies the clear and historic teaching of Scripture to questions of sexual morality.

“The resolution does not derive its authority from the Lambeth Conference, but from Holy Scripture.”

Commenting on the decision to publish the resolution, Bishop Badi said, “We live in a time of great spiritual confusion and moral flux.

“The Church of Jesus Christ cannot afford to lose its moorings in Holy Scripture and drift with the world.

“Based on the need to establish clear doctrine on marriage and sexuality at this defining moment for the Anglican Communion, this conference must reaffirm the biblical teaching of Resolution 1.10 of the Lambeth Conference 1998.”

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