Think the Lord might have decided to keep His church Christian – must admit my prayer was on the list there somewhere.
And this was NOT the Synod going against the “overwhelming support” of the people but the very OPPOSITE – it was a victory for the laity over the Synod – the Synod is mightily displeased. This was a grass-roots victory for the laity over the corrupt left-liberal establishment.
And don’t forget that there were many women in there voting for what was right. Those women have voted for right, not for their “right” – a major victory for women everywhere.
On that point, the church itself had this to say:
Any fair understanding of the conservative argument against Women Bishops would acknowledge that it has absolutely nothing to do with a view that women are “inferior to men”. It is utterly disingenuous at this point in the debate to launch such a puerile attack effectively branding every opponent of women bishops as a misogynist. The conservative argument sits independently of Gal. 3:27 and, indeed, affirms it.
To then move on to antisemitism and slavery is another utter canard. These are matters on which, it is certainly true, certain elements of the church have had varied views at different times but the overwhelming consensus over the decades and a prevailing view in the early church was that anti-semitism and slavery were wrong. By contrast you cannot find anyone arguing for a female episcopacy until very very recently.
Are we really suggesting that the church has been, almost in totality, wrong on this issue for 2,000 years? What arrogance.
What it will mean is not the disaster and regression the leftists are going on about – the Times headline “Church rejects women’ is an out-and-out lie – but an incremental step forward for both men and women on the long, winding, difficult path upwards. It also sets the church, as it always should have been, diametrically opposite and opposed to the State.
Bring it on – this may well be the third step in the crumbling of the faux PC edifice, the first being the protests in France over the gay mafia and the accession of Jean-François Copé. So, in this respect, it’s not just a church thing and libertarians and patriots everywhere can take heart at this decision.
I can’t wait to join battle with the State when the first test case arises – could it possibly be that the nation is on the way back? One can only hope and pray.
Moreover, it might also mean the return of the lost sheep who’ve been forced out of the church and can now return with a little more confidence that the church will finally do the right thing.