St Helen’s Bishopgate hints it will leave Church of England unless next Bishop of London is conservative on sex
One of London’s largest Anglican churches is hinting it will walk away from the Church of England if the next Bishop of London is not conservative on sexuality.
William Taylor, Rector at St Helen’s Bishopgate, said his first question to the new Bishop of London, who is yet to be announced, will be to ask whether they are prepared to ‘declare as sin what God calls sin’ and to summon them to repentance.
If the new bishop refuses to do so publicly, Taylor said he will have no choice but to distance his parish from the Church of England.
Quoting a passage in the Bible which instructs Christians ‘to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned’ and to ‘keep away from them’, Taylor said there was a necessary ‘avoidance’ of Christians who accept ‘what the Bible calls sexual immorality’.
He told his congregation there was a group in the CofE ‘denying the teaching of the Bible on marriage’, an apparent reference to pro gay marriage activists.