The Episcopal Church became a dead and dying place the moment their Anglican brothers overturned a longtime ban on contraception at the 1930 Lambeth conference. Since then, Episcopalianism has been running around in circles as it tries to pin the tail on the theological donkey.
On top of delivering a nuclear blast to traditional marriage in 2015, the U.S. Episcopal Church now seeks to further increase their woke creed by totally nixing the terms “husband” and “wife” from their marriage liturgy. References to “procreation” will be eliminated, as well.
According to LifeSiteNews, the proposed changes are meant to satisfy the LGBT crowd who find the current language exclusionary. The only opposition has come from the Anglican Church, which has little more than a ceremonial relationship with Episcopalianism at this point. Back in October, Church of England Secretary-General William Nye sent the TEC a threatening letter, saying they will cut ties should they go forward with the changes. The letter did little to displace momentum.
“The new service removes the phrase ‘the union of husband and wife’ and replaces it with ‘the union of two people,’” according to a report in the U.K. Telegraph. It also “replaces the section which talks about part of God’s intention for marriage being ‘for the procreation of children’ with the phrase ‘for the gift of children’ to make it more relevant for same-sex couples who may wish to adopt.”
Some members in the Anglican communion have voiced support for the TEC proposal, including the Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, along with 30 of the 483 members of the C of E ruling synod. The Anglican LGBT group, One Body One Faith, recently penned an open letter calling the TEC’s proposed changes “courageous, just, and Christ-like.”
“It should not need saying, but it bears repeating,” the letter continued. “No one is attracted to a group of Christians who profess the love of Christ but seem incapable of recognizing it in the loving, committed relationships of two people. These matters are not disconnected.”
At least the U.S. Episcopal Church has not followed the Church of Sweden down the rabbit hole of castrating God by removing all references to “He,” “Him,” of “Father” from their liturgy.