Leading evangelical quits Church of England leadership over ‘heresy’
Prominent Church of England evangelical Lorna Ashworth has left the Archbishops’ Council in protest over what she described a "revisionist agenda" and “heretical teaching”. Ashworth resigned over the Church’s increasingly relaxed approach to gay couples. In the past, she had spoken out against women bishops and gay marriage and in her letter of resignation, she is said to have stated: “I refuse to be mistaken as one participating in the fanciful notion of ‘good disagreement’”. "In light of this revisionist agenda and the heretical teaching that comes with it, I am no longer willing to sit around the table, pretending that we, as a governing body of the Church of England, are having legitimate conversations about mission". The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, who jointly oversees both the general synod and the Archbishops' Council alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, added he was 'sad' Ashworth had resigned.