Anglican Diocese of Armidale

The Anglican Diocese of Armidale exists to glorify God by introducing people to Jesus and helping them home to heaven.

 

What we believe

What we believe about the Bible

We believe that the Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God. In accordance with 2 Timothy 3:16, we view all Scripture as ‘God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness’. The canon of Scripture must not be added to, nor subtracted from. MU Armidale seeks to honour the Word of God and be guided by it in all that we think and do.

Abortion

We believe that a new life begins at conception. Every life is a gift of God. To willingly choose to abort a baby during a pregnancy denies the sanctity of human life, and opposes God’s command in Exodus 20:13: ‘You shall not murder’. For this reason, MU Armidale does not support the practice of abortion.

Domestic Violence

The Bible speaks clearly about attitudes and actions within married life. The husband is to love his wife (Ephesians 5:25), to be considerate towards her, treating her with respect (1 Peter 3:7), rather than harshness (Colossians 3:19). Wives are commanded to respect their husbands (Ephesians 5:33). Both husbands and wives are to be guided by love and mutual submission towards each other (Ephesians 5:21; Colossians 3:14).

Furthermore, fathers are warned not to exasperate their children, but rather to bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

Violence within the home goes against God’s instructions and intentions for home life, displaying a lack of love for others and a lack of regard for their well-being. Domestic violence can have a lasting and negative impact on a person’s health and their mental, physical, social and spiritual well-being.

Consequently, MU Armidale is opposed to domestic violence, and we will do all in our power to stand against its existence and support those who suffer from its impact.

What Does MU Armidale think about…Proposed Changes to the Marriage Act?

We believe the Bible is very clear about the definition of marriage. Jesus says in Matthew 19:4-6 that “the one who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

In following Christ’s example of love, we believe it is imperative to show love and compassion to those involved in same-sex relationships, and those people who have family members involved in such. At the same time, however, we are unable to support proposed changes to the Marriage Act. As a Bible-believing, prayer-based, Christian organisation we strongly believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. We want to support and uphold this definition of marriage.

This marriage union is instituted by God for the well being of both adults and children, and forms the basis of the community structure. It should be honoured by all, as a gift from God.