The Episcopal church has passed a resolution to stop using masculine pronouns for God in future updates to its Book of Common Prayer, Life Site News has reported.
The resolution stated, "If revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God."
It added, "Over the centuries our language and our understanding of God has continued to change and adapt," and "by expanding our language for God, we will expand our image of God and the nature of God."
Last year the Church of Sweden also decided to start calling God only by gender-neutral pronouns, according to The Daily Wire.
More conservative Christians were critical of the decision, with One News Now stating, "Episcopalian leadership no longer recognizes the inerrancy of Scripture, indicating that Bible manuscripts preserved for thousands of years are no longer aligned with the social gospel it preaches to its congregations."
Dr. Paul Tarazi of St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary emphasized that that there is no room for creative interpretation when it comes to the gender reference of God.
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