Jonathan Rowe is the director at St. Michael’s and All Angel’s Church in St. John’s, Canada. His parish recently voted and approved a measure that would request permission from the Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador to “offer the sacrament of Holy Matrimony to all couples who are legally entitled to marry in Canada…”
Gay marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005, but the Anglican church has yet to receive widespread permission from its ecclesiastical headquarters to allow individual churches to marry sodomites.
Oddly enough, Rowe says that’s it’s discernment that is leading the church to lean toward gay marriage, telling the CBC radio show, On the Go, “The Anglican church is not of one mind on sexuality, on marriage, but we’re in a process of discernment.”
Several parishes in Canada are already allowing same-sex marriage in Anglican churches based upon an initial approval of the changes, but technically there must be two votes to pass the measure to completion. The next vote will be in July.
Rowe told the CBC, “I was not always there, and there’s a part of me, to my shame, would recognize that not even 10 years ago I would not have been in the place I’m in right now, ready to be so affirmative. Life changed.”
Life might very well have changed for Rowe. However, our Savior never changes.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
God the Father never changes.
“For I, the Lord, do not change…” (Malachi 3:6)
God’s standards never change.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)”
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