The Anglican Bishop of Freetown Diocese Rt. Rev. Thomas A. L. Wilson JP, Co has condemned homosexuality in the Anglican Church.
The Bishop was speaking at the 2nd triennial sessions of Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Freetown yesterday 21st February 2017 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Freetown.
The triennial which brought together stockholders of the Dioceses officially kicked off on the 21st with the Theme: “This old man must die” and will end on the 24th February 2017.
“Homosexuality in certain communities is no longer viewed as something shameful and sinful; and homosexuals have adopted an open lifestyle describing their otherwise shameful practice in more positive term as “gay”. Those who detest and condemn the practice are called “homophobic’’ and in these communities, it is homophobia and not homosexually that is treated with contempt.”
Bishop Thomas Wilson went on to say in most western communities, homosexual all begins with a political pressure group fighting for “human rights’’ and “social justice’’. He added that the social justice arguments are so effective that the group succeeds in having “rights legislation’’ passed in its favour.
“Since homosexuality has been made a social justice issue in the secular realm, the church is placed in a state of confusion or dilemma and becomes afraid of being accused of “social injustice’’ and victimization of gay and lesbians.”
This, he pointed is happening to Christian’s churches in America, Canada and Europe. It has also occurred in South Africa- the most Westernize country on the continent of Africa. Therefore, to make everyone “comfortable’’ and the efforts to avoid confrontation, most churches feel condone what the Bible describes as sin.
He continue to say besides, some churches feel that abiding strictly to Biblical principles would make them lose membership in churches that are already shrinking in size.
“The Diocese of Freetown are responding to the homosexual question not as people without sin but are doing so as sinners who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, who is the means by which our sins are forgiven; and not only ours but also the sins of the whole world. We as Christians churches therefore seek to reach out to all who are under the bondage of sin with the undiluted Gospel of Jesus Christ which is God’s power of salvation to all who believes (Romans 1: 16).”
He stressed that as a practice, homosexually with same-sex marriage has been consistently condemned in Africa by all major religious- African Traditional Religions Christianity and Islam.
“Africans believe the principles of moral conduct must not be changed with time in the name of tolerance (religious etc.), human rights or in the name of civilization.”
Before the official opening, Rev. Terrence Knox-Goba preached about the old man must die. Rev. Knox-Goba spoke about the wisdom and knowledge of the old man.
He pointed out that the knowledge of the old man is that of an intellectual knowledge. Stressing that the old man has a corresponding wisdom and he is on teachable.
Topics such as the role of the church in advocacy, matins and bible exposition, youth programme and Evangelism and mission in the Anglican Diocese of Freetown: the way forward. Election of Clerical and Lay Secretaries and Synod resolution committee is among the events.