After years of internal debate, the Episcopal Church is preparing to put one of its bishops on trial, not because he failed to follow biblical teachings but because he took it seriously.
Bishop William Love, who oversees a diocese in Albany, New York, is facing punishment because he is refusing to allow same-sex weddings in the upstate New York churches he oversees.
With his ecclesial trial scheduled for April 21, Bishop Love (pictured below) tells OneNewsNow that he loves and cares for the congregations that fall under his leadership.
"And because I do genuinely love and care for them," he says, "if I believe something is not appropriate, or in violation of God's will as revealed through Holy Scripture, then I would be doing them a great injustice to say it's okay."
Bishop opposes 'marriage equality'
According to the liberal Episcopal News Service, Bishop Love "flouted" a General Convention resolution on "marriage equality" in 2018.
Calling homosexual behavior "sinful and forbidden," Love was one of eight conservative bishops who refused the trial marriage rites for same-sex couples, the unflattering story reported.
Bishop William Love“What I tried to do as best I can, by the grace of God," Love, 62, told the news service last year, "is to be faithful and obedient to that which I believe the Lord has called me to, even though it sometimes can be very difficult, and sometimes it’s not politically correct."