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Dear editor,

Canon Garth Bulmer's rationale for his General Synod motion affirming the sanctity of same-sex relationships (Mover of controversial "sanctity" motion explains rationale, June/July) raises more issues than it resolves.

His assertion that "God's sanctifying work is not the sole possession of the Christian church" is possibly true, but totally irrelevant to "the issue at hand. First, the Holy Spirit would never lead any Christian to undertake activities contrary to the word of God. Second, Christians are specifically warned not to sin with the expectation of being sanctified: "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase? By no means!" (Romans 6: 1-2, NIV)

To tell any couple, gay or straight, involved in a sinful sexual relationship, that their conduct is "wholesome" and that "God's work of sanctification is enabled by that relationship" is an abdication of pastoral responsibility.

The passing of Canon Bulmer's motion at Synod was bad enough; the rationale provided is far worse.

Bryan Rivers

Winnipeg
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Rivers, Bryan
Publication:Anglican Journal
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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