LGCM condemns GAFCON's attempt to shame LGBT Christians
The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement condemns as ‘contemptible’ an attempt by a conservative group to shame those who support the full inclusion of LGBT people in the life of the church. GAFCON, a traditionalist pressure group, has issued a statement naming individuals it deems to have broken the terms of the Lambeth 1.10 statement on human sexuality, outlining both public pronouncements and personal circumstances in some detail.
Tracey Byrne, LGCM’s Chief Executive, said, ‘This latest attempt by GAFCON is almost beneath contempt. It is quite clear that their intention is to ‘name and shame’ those who have stood up for equality, who have honoured one another’s relationships and sought to find God’s live in the midst of human experience. This goes beyond political strategy - this is a deliberate attempt to deny God’s presence in the lives of real people, and to condemn them by public shaming. As such, it will not succeed. None of these individuals has anything of which to be ashamed, and we stand alongside them, and thousands of others, who want to see a more loving, diverse and compassionate church’.
She went on to says, ‘The statement has clearly been timed to place pressure on the English bishops when they meet later this month. They bishops are being called to lead the church into a place where we can live with a diversity of understandings of sexuality creatively and with integrity, and I am confident God will strengthen and inspire them in that task. GAFCON’s statement, by contrast, feels to me like bullying; this is not the work of the Spirit in building up the Body of Christ. The bishops should be assured of our prayers at this time, and of our desire to work together for a church were as many people as possible still feel they have a place and a future. This contemptible move by GAFCON will not undermine our determination.’