The Episcopal Church diocese in our nation’s capital passed a resolution earlier this month that puts an end to the use of masculine pronouns for God as it prepares to update its Book of Common Prayer.
“Over the centuries, our language and our understanding of God has continued to change and adapt,” states the resolution. According to the resolution drafters, using masculine pronouns “limit[s] our understanding of God. By expanding our language for God, we will expand our image of God and the nature of God.”
This more “inclusive” view of God flies in the face of Scripture. Dr. Paul Tarazi of St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary stresses, “Jesus did not call God ‘Imma’ (Mother) but always and exclusively ‘Abba’ (Father). ‘Father’ is the only way Jesus ever referred to God, and the only way He taught His followers to do so.”
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