Welcome to G3 Weekly—a summary of this week’s top news stories on Christianity and the public square.
This week, branches of the Anglican Church around the world condemned a decision from the Church of England’s General Synod to honor so-called same-sex marriages. A new study revealed that individuals placed on synthetic hormones have an elevated risk for heart attacks and other worrisome health symptoms. Meanwhile, German authorities are seeking to decriminalize abortion and prevent Christians from interceding for their preborn neighbors.
Anglican Churches Condemn English Bishops’ Homosexuality Decision
“Repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place” (Rev 2:5).
Members of the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches denounced a move from the Church of England’s General Synod to endorse homosexual unions and agreed that the Church of England has “departed from the historic faith.”
Bishops approved motions earlier this month to let homosexual couples “dedicate their relationship to God and receive God’s blessing” after a civil marriage or civil partnership, even as clergy are still not permitted to officiate the ceremonies themselves. The Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches, which includes member nations such as South Sudan, Chile, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Brazil, said in a statement that the Church of England has “disqualified herself” from continuing to function as the denomination’s mother church.
“The Church of England has chosen to break communion with those provinces who remain faithful to the historic biblical faith expressed in the Anglican formularies,” the statement reads. “Our calling to be ‘a holy remnant’ does not allow us to be ‘in communion’ with those provinces that have departed from the historic faith and taken the path of false teaching.”
The statement added that the move to break fellowship with the Church of England was heartbreaking for the supporting bishops and expressed hope that leadership in the historic denomination would swiftly repent.
Transgender Hormones Cause Serious Adverse Health Effects
“Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them man when they were created” (Gen 5:2).
Individuals who are prescribed hormone replacements are more likely to suffer from various cardiac events, according to a study from the American College of Cardiology.
Those who take the hormone replacements face a sevenfold higher risk of ischemic stroke, in which a vessel supplying blood to the brain is blocked, as well as a sixfold risk of myocardial infarction, the most serious type of heart attack. As many as 1.6 million people currently self-identify as transgender in the United States; doctors are increasingly prescribing synthetic hormones to teenagers and young adults who desire to become members of the opposite sex.
“Both estrogen and testosterone are known to increase the clotting activity of blood, which could explain the increase in clotting-related cardiovascular events,” said the researchers. “Those taking hormone replacement therapy also had higher rates of substance use disorder and hypothyroidism.”
German Ministers Seek To Decriminalize Abortion
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” (Isa 5:20).
German authorities are seeking to enact laws against Christians who conduct vigils outside of abortion clinics in the days before Easter amid broader efforts to decriminalize abortion.
The announcement from senior officials comes as 40 Days for Life, a predominantly Roman Catholic movement which encourages participants to engage in sidewalk ministry during the season of Lent, schedules vigils throughout the nation. Abortion is currently legal in Germany before twelve weeks gestation as long as mothers receive mandatory counseling.
“Women must have unhindered access to counseling services and facilities that perform abortions,” German Minister for Family Affairs Lisa Paus told members of the nation’s media, according to a report from state-run news outlet Deutsche Welle. She characterized the events as “violations and unacceptable attacks on women’s extremely personal decision.”
The ruling center-left German coalition government led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz is attempting to scrap a portion of the criminal code which prescribes penalties of two years in prison for anyone who publicly announces or advertises abortion services.
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