There are some things which are so bleedin’ obvious to anyone sentient:
Someone in the elite says it at last. When I revisited my Anglicanism some weeks back – you may recall some posts – it was this which shocked me. In a discussion with both a vicar and a lay worker at a major cathedral, the line they were taking was unscriptural on many issues and it was to appease people infested by modernism.
The whole point of Christianity is that it is an immovable rock. Antiquated, timeless, eternal, the message never altering one iota. Uncompromising, not relative. How these two people could look me in the eye and justify bending the Word to “try to attract more people” amazed me.
It is precisely the Laodecian nature of the CofE now which turns people off. And if people don’t want the message in scripture, is it helped any by saying w-e-e-e-l-l-l-l, we’re not that bad, you know, we’re really quite hip? Do the ungodly out there really think these swinging priests and nuns are, like, fashionable, man?
Anyone seriously entering a church, aside from as tourism, is not going there to be placated, he or she is going there to touch base with his or her Maker.
The question of whether you accept a deity, accept strictures on marriage and sex, on ethical dealing with others, is not the point here – the point is that there is an institution which is meant to be pushing this line and it is not doing it. Therefore, it is no longer fit for purpose.
But we’ve known this a long time.