From an article in the Telegraph today:
“The floods that have devastated swathes of the country are God’s judgment on the immorality and greed of modern society, according to senior Church of England bishops.
The Bishop said pro-gay laws were to blame for the floods (photo caption)
One diocesan bishop has even claimed that laws that have undermined marriage, including the introduction of pro-gay legislation, have provoked God to act by sending the storms that have left thousands of people homeless.
While those who have been affected by the storms are innocent victims, the bishops argue controversially that the flooding is a result of Western civilisation’s decision to ignore biblical teaching.
The Rt Rev Graham Dow, Bishop of Carlisle, argued that the floods are not just a result of a lack of respect for the planet, but also a judgment on society’s moral decadence.
‘This is a strong and definite judgment because the world has been arrogant in going its own way,’ he said. ‘We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused.’
The bishop, who is a leading evangelical, said that people should heed the stories of the Bible, which described the downfall of the Roman empire as a result of its immorality.”
There’s a part of me that thinks something is being mis-reported here. But if not, the preaching that God is punishing the victims of the flooding is pretty unusual within Anglican theological discourse. I’m wondering about why this message was released at this time…
Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell have made similar claims, but I’m not able to recall another instance of modern Anglican prelates making these sorts of statements.
Read the rest here.