Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
Malachi 3:6: “For I am the LORD, I change not”.
Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Among God’s innumerable wonderful characteristics, there is His immutability.
That is, God does not change, He is, as the first verse referenced at the top of this article states, “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”.
God’s Word is eternally unchangeable too, even as Jesus attested in one of the verses above.
This is reinforced in the final book of the Bible.
Revelation 22:18-19 says: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Yet so many so-called Christian clerics seem to think they know better than God and His inspired Word.
And now we have witnessed such a man taking up the second highest position in the Church of England.
Stephen Cottrell (pictured, top) has been appointed as the new Archbishop of York, replacing the soon to be retiring John Sentamu.
And he has nailed his colours to the mast in favour of sodomy and against God and His Word.
The soon-to-be Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, who is currently merely a plain old bishop in the Chelmsford Diocese, in 2017, in an address to leaders in that diocese, stated his belief that biblical teaching on sexuality should be secondary to 21st century western beliefs.
The Christian Institute reported his despicable comments in an article on their website.
An extract from their article states: “While Bishop Cottrell did acknowledge biblical passages spoke about the issue, he said they were merely ‘part of our story and our inheritance’.
“‘But what we can do is recognise that what we know now about human development and human sexuality requires us to look again at those texts to see what they are actually saying to our situation, for what we know now is not what was known then.”
“The future Archbishop also said there was ‘no reason’ why thanksgiving prayers or a communion service could not be offered for civil partnerships.”
What a sorry state of affairs this is.
Bishop Stephen Cottrell is supposed to be proclaiming God’s truth, not attempt to subvert it or diminish it.
What is the point of Bishop Stephen Cottrell as a minister when he doesn’t even believe the Bible is relevant? He can’t consider it relevant if modern notions and fancies are superior, in his eyes, to the Word of God.
Ephesians 4:14 warns us not to be swayed by the notions of men and hints at the type of character who attempts to change church teaching even when it is at complete odds with what God has revealed to His people in His Word.
That verse says: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”.
Bishop Stephen Cottrell is one of those lying in wait to deceive and any who falls for what he says in this most grave matter are sadly deceived.
Apparently Bishop Stephen Cottrell has acknowledged the Bible does speak of homosexuality, though he doesn’t appear keen to dwell on it as it doesn’t fit his world view.
In spite of this, we will remind him once again what the Bible has to say.
Leviticus 18:22: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Jude 1:7: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Romans 1:26-27: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
This is but a brief snapshot of the consistent condemnation of same-sex relationships in Scripture.
Bishop Stephen Cottrell calls them simply “part of our story and inheritance” – what does that even mean?
They are clear warnings from God, that is what they are, and Bishop Stephen Cottrell is refusing to hear those warnings and refusing to repeat them.
Indeed, he is going a step further to say they don’t apply.
Dear reader, please do not carried about with every wind of doctrine, as so many are today, by the sleight of men like Bishop Stephen Cottrell.
Rather, let us hold fast to God and His Word, never wavering in our battle for Him.