Feminist clergy within the Church of England wants Christians to refer to God as a ‘she,’ despite Jesus referring to God as His Father.
Women and the Church (WATCH), an activist clergy group best known for pressuring the Anglican Church to accept female bishops, wants to modify the official church liturgy to include female language and imagery to describe God.
“In the last two or three years we’ve seen a real resurgence and interest in feminism, and younger people are much more interested in how gender categories shouldn’t be about stereotypes,” the Rev. Emma Percy, a member of WATCH, told the Guardian. “We need to have a language about God that shows God can be expressed in lots of diverse terms.”
The chairperson of WATCH, Hilary Cotton, said that several clergies were already using female pronouns to refer to God.
“The reality is that in many churches up and down the country something more than the almost default male language about God is already being used,” she told the Telegraph. “Quietly clergy are just talking about God as ‘she’ every now and then.”
But doesn’t that make Jesus sound like a transsexual? For instance, what’s stopping the feminists from turning the Holy Trinity into the Mother, the Son and the Holy Spirit?
In the Bible, Jesus referred to God as His Father, so would the feminists also change His quotes to say that God is His Mother instead?
And the Nicene Creed, the profession of faith at the core of the Church of England, refers to God as the Father Almighty in its very first sentence. The question is, when you start revising the core teachings of a denomination to satisfy current trends, does the denomination really stay the same?
Furthermore, the Bible already teaches equality. Galatians 3:28 reads:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
It’s excerpts like these which influenced the concepts that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law – men and women – and that everyone – men and women – have a right to life, liberty and property.
So if feminists really want to teach gender equality, all they have to do is actually read and teach from the Bible instead of modifying its pronouns.