UK: Change and repent, bishop tells gays [Telegraph]

** A senior Church of England bishop has called on homosexuals to repent and “be changed” in comments that have infuriated equality campaigners.**

By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Published: 9:35PM BST 04 Jul 2009

The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, has defended traditional biblical teachings on homosexuality and said the Church should not be “rolled over by culture”.

Dr Nazir-Ali spoke as tens of thousands of people, including Sarah Brown, the Prime Minister’s wife, joined the annual Pride London march to celebrate homosexual culture. A war of words broke out between Labour and the Conservatives over the issue of homosexuality last week after a minister accused the Tories of having a “deep strain of homophobia” running through the party.

The bishop’s controversial comments will reignite the battle over homosexuality in the Church of England ahead of what promises to be a divisive week for Anglicanism. . .

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It’s always a privilege to witness a bishop standing up for the tenets of our faith, for the sake of catechizing his members…saving them from sins that may prevent them from getting their eternal inheritance. That’s a mark of love of a pastor for his sheep. God bless his Eminence.

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