The Bishop of Grantham has become the first Anglican bishop to declare publicly he is in a gay relationship.
The Right Rev Nicholas Chamberlain said in an interview with the Guardian on Friday that his sexuality was no secret and was known by both his senior bishop and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby when he was appointed last November. He told the paper he had not intended to speak out but was forced to when a Sunday newspaper threatened to expose him.
“People know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone,” he told the Guardian. Sexuality is part of who I am, but it’s my ministry that I want to focus on.”
Welby said he was “fully aware of Bishop Nick’s long-term, committed relationship”. In a statement he said the appointment to the episcopate was “made on the basis of his skills and calling to serve the church in the diocese of Lincoln. He lives within the bishops’ guidelines and his sexuality is completely irrelevant to his office.”
Chamberlain insisted his relationship was within church guidelines that stipulate gay clergy cannot marry and must remain celibate. He said that during the appointment process, “we explored what it would mean for me as a bishop to be living within those guidelines.” Read More
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Psa_111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Dear friend, dear stranger,
This are the signs that truly we are living at the end times. Are you keeping Jesus close to you? Because any second you look back, hundreds more of the Devil’s legions shall be upon you with all manners of temptations.
Keep Christ close, the end is so near.