The Church of England advised clergy to offer the “Affirmation of Baptismal Faith” to transgender people, officially honoring their transition to a new identity:
The C of E’s guidance to clergy, approved by the House of Bishops and published Tuesday, urges ministers of the church to call transgender people by their new name and to use liturgical elements in a ceremony before the church to officially acknowledge the person’s transition. The church asserted the ceremony does not constitute baptism, but said that it does “renew the commitments made in baptism and in a public setting” and does in fact constitute a rededication of their life to Christ.
“For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service,” the guidance reads, according to The Telegraph.
The move to accept transgenderism within the Anglican church sparked ire from conservative groups within the denomination, notably the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) and ministers like Rico Tice.
…Tice stepped down from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s task group for evangelism in June because of the unorthodox views of the task group’s overseeing bishop on human sexuality.
“It’s a different religion. Bishop Paul Bayes and I have a different religion and it’s around whether scripture is authoritative in terms of human sexuality,” Tice said.
“I think it is a great wickedness to tell people who are on the road to destruction that they are not. To tell them that they are safe when it comes to God’s wrath when they are not,” he added.
Conservative Anglicans prevented the addition of a new blessing to the church’s liturgy to acknowledge transgender people’s transition. The church issued its guidance to use existing liturgical elements to the same effect as a compromise.
“This new guidance provides an opportunity, rooted in scripture, to enable trans people who have ‘come to Christ as the way, the truth and the life,’ to mark their transition in the presence of their Church family which is the body of Christ,” Julian Henderson, bishop of Blackburn and chair of the House of Bishops delegation committee, said of the guidance.
Many Catholics like to complain how The Church has been infiltrated by Jews, but the jewish influence over the Catholics is nothing compared to the Church of England, which has jumped on board with literally every jewish social fad and integrated it into their liturgy. But what are the chances that a mentally-deranged individual with body dysphoria is going to want to be a practicing Christian? If there are any, surely they would be the most deranged of the bunch.
Just because the COE claims that welcoming transgenders into the congregation is “rooted in scripture” doesn’t make it so. The COE is counting on their flock trusting them about that — frankly, few Christians who attend church actually study the Bible, an activity left to the ministers and priests who “know better”. If you want to read about transgenders, don’t bother reading the Bible; rather, read The Talmud, which is where you’ll find thousands of ways to circumvent the moral law.