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HEART newspaper: Heart Publications | October 20, 2017

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C of E bans gay therapy and approves transgender baptisms

‘Worried’ conservative Anglicans have appointed their own bishop

The Church of England’s General Synod has voted against therapy for Christians with unwanted homosexual desires, and introduced ‘transgender baptisms’.

Christian Concern’s Andrea Williams warned that the Church is “giving a national platform to ideologies which want to destroy biblical Christianity”.

Dermot O’Callaghan of the Core Issues Trust says that the idea that gay therapy causes harm is not based on science but ideology. Anglican theologian Martin Davie criticised the briefing papers which he says were “seriously problematic”, lacking any proper theological reflection.

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, declared: “LGBT orientation and identity is not a sin”, but did not comment on whether gay sexual relationships are sinful. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, upheld the Church’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, but conservative Anglicans are so worried about the pro-LGBT direction of the C of E that the Global Anglican Future Conference has appointed their own “missionary bishop” to oversee traditional Anglican parishes.