This is quite special.
Here’s the full text of his statement:
I don’t really believe in Heaven and Hell at least not in the traditional sense. If there is a Heaven it must be a bit like Mardi Gras. Everyone just being totally themselves regardless of gender, race, creed or sexuality and everyone else being totally OK with that. I would never feel comfortable walking down the streets of Sydney in my robes but tonight I did, totally comfortable and accepted. How ironic is that?
I know some people are not comfortable with what I have done. I guess Heaven and Hell are really the same place and it’s just a matter of perspective.
Happy Mardi Gras.
Yet another example of an ordained Anglican minister denying basic Christian belief.
Every week Rev. Bower will be leading those in his care in the words of the Nicene or Apostles’ Creed, speaking of heaven and hell, and yet he tells us he doesn’t believe a word of it. All the while taking a stipend.
I wonder what the Bishop of Newcastle has to say? Well, let’s find out. You can send an email directly to the Bishop of Newcastle, Greg Thompson, by using the form below. Please be courteous and respectful, I’m sure it will not be easy for him to receive a number of complaints about Rev. Bower. It might also be helpful to post a copy of your email in the comments below.
Friends nothing will happen to improve the Anglican Church that we love so much unless we take a principled stand on matters like this. Our bishops are also called to defend the faith and drive away erroneous teaching. I’m sure Bishop Thompson will do what’s right but we need to make sure he understands the gravity of the situation. You know what to do.
Bishop Greg has asked me to remove the contact form from this page which I am more than happy to do. No doubt this means he is fully aware not just of the situation but of the large level of concern about it. We look forward to reporting how the matter has been dealt with.