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Church of England approves female bishops

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The Church of England has voted to allow female bishops; according to a July 14 article in USA Today. The church endorsed female bishops in 1994. The change required two thirds majority to be approved. One of those voting against the measure was quoted as saying that it (the acceptance of the bishops) would not lead to a “smooth road ahead) for the church.

The Church of England, according to Wikipedia, was formally established in AD 597. The Anglican Communion represents the Church of England and the national and regional Anglican Church. The church broke free from the Roman Catholic Church is 1534. In 1980, the Church established the Church Urban Fund, designed to end poverty. Official records from the year 2005 showed that there over 25 million Anglicans.

The Bible, in the New Testament, talks about the role of women in the church. The Apostle Paul, in the book of 1 Corinthian, stated that women should keep silent in the church to avoid confusion. He further stated that it would be best if women asked questions at home. Paul used the word “submission,” in reference to women and their place in the church. Submission, when translated meant to “know your role.” Paul also acknowledged Phoebe as a diakonos; which means deacon or servant.

50 church goers of various denominations were asked about the Church’s decision to allow female bishops. All 50 polled agreed with the decision. Over 90 percent of those polled (48) felt that the decision was not an example of the church conforming in the manner mentioned in Romans chapter 12.

There are some things about the church that have changed, and some that haven’t. From teaching to wearing pants to occupying the pulpit; there are a number of changes that have been accepted (or not accepted) by traditionalists. Is this okay? Are these changes examples of the church conforming or transforming?

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