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Evangelical Leader Rico Tice Leaves Church of England Following Blessing of Same-Sex Marriages

Prominent evangelical leader and former Anglican minister Rico Tice has left the denomination, citing its departure from Biblical orthodoxy. Mr Tice, a former senior minister at All Souls in London’s Langham Place, said: modern evangelicalism He currently attends the International Presbyterian Church (IPC) in Ealing, London. He and five other leaders of CofE-affiliated parachurch organizations raised concerns with the CofE last October about the denomination’s recent decision to allow priests to bless same-sex couples, but received no substantive response. I couldn’t.

“Last October, I was one of six evangelical leaders in a parachurch organization with ties to the Church of England. [Archbishop of Canterbury] Justin Welby and all the bishops expressed our deep ‘heaviness of heart, soul and mind’ regarding the Church’s future steps towards affirming same-sex marriage, and in particular the prayers of new love and faith.” said.

“We called on the archbishop to resist the influence of cultural values ​​when they conflict with Biblical values. Why can they trust us? We received no substantive response from him, which is why I decided to leave. It was an important moment.”

according to christian postLast December, the Church of England established its “Prayers of Love and Faith” guidelines, which allow priests to bless same-sex couples but do not. I need That’s what they do. However, many evangelicals within the Church of England opposed this measure.

Tice moved to the International Presbyterian Church in Ealing, London, because it aligned with her values ​​and the congregation emphasized Presbyterianism, Reformed theology, and the Westminster faith. He explained that it was because he was intrigued by it. He also has a long-standing relationship with the church’s pastor, Paul Levy.

Despite leaving the CofE, Tice still maintains permission to preach in that congregation.

“But I think it is extremely important to demonstrate a clear separation from churches that no longer affirm Biblical orthodoxy, especially when it comes to preaching repentance,” he said.

Currently, Tice’s role with Presbyterian International includes training in evangelism and evangelism techniques such as Christianity Explored, Hope Explored, and The Word One to One.

During an interview with Evangelicals Now, he described the situation at CofE as “absolutely heartbreaking”.

“Looking back, I was naive about the current culture in the Church of England, because I never expected to see such a clear and widespread denial of the need for Christians to repent of all their sins. ” he said.

The CofE’s decision on the blessing of same-sex couples growing division Within the Anglican community regarding same-sex marriage and Biblical orthodoxy.

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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributor to his Crosswalk Headlines and host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast dedicated to sound doctrine and Biblical truth. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary.