"The authority of saying what this diocese represents rests with the Bishop and with Synod and not with any individual, whether clerical or lay."
His Lordship Reverend Dr. John Walder Dunlop Holder, Archbishop of the Province of the West Indies, and Bishop of Barbados has spoken in strong tones against pre-marital sex which was brought to light by an Anglican preist, Charles Morris who has said that the bible does not speak against pre-marital sex, but onl speaks on fornication.
Reverend Dr. John Holder has separated himself and the Anglican church from the comments which has fuelled many concerns, as the church has always thought that sex before marriage is not in keeping with the teachings of the bible.
Ministers from other denominations have also spoken against the comments of the priest, and saw them as damaging to the teachings of the church.
The Bishop of Barbados has said, "any one variant understanding and interpretation of an issue, whether it be human sexuality, politics or the family, does not and indeed cannot represent what this Church stands for."
"We stay clear of hypes and irresponsible attention-grabbing gimmicks and statements. The authority of saying what this diocese represents rests with the Bishop and with Synod and not with any individual, whether clerical or lay."
Charles Morris on the other hand has continued to stick to his guns that pre-marital sex was not referenced in the bible when he was part of a panel on the People's Business on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). No one on the panel was able to prove Reverend Morris to be wrong with words from the bible.
What this writer has found in the bible which speaks against pre-marital sex can be read here.