Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies has told those lobbying for the Anglican church to accept same-sex marriage to leave rather than push for reform merely to "satisfy the lusts and pleasures of the world".
One of Australia's most senior figures in the church, Archbishop Davies used his presidential address to the Sydney Anglican diocese synod to argue the organisation couldn't bless same-sex marriage because it couldn't bless sin.
According to Archbishop Davies, the church's frequently affirmed belief that "marriage is between a man and a woman" was not popular in Australia or consistent with the legal definition of marriage since the Marriage Act was amended in late 2018.
With all due respect to Archbishop Davies, the majority of Australians don't share his opinion on the subject.
To recap, the national vote in 2017 was 61.6 per cent to 38.4 per cent in favour of same sex marriage, with 63.1 per cent of Indi and 55.2 per cent of Farrer residents believing it should be allowed.
The archbishop took issue with the diocese of Wangaratta, which recently passed a regulation with the intention of blessing same-sex marriages.
Quite understandably, John Davis and Rob Whalley have said they won't be leaving the Anglican Church because they are gay, regardless of what Archbishop Davies says.
The Wangaratta priests were set to be the first same-sex couple blessed by the Anglican church, before the decision was referred to the appellate tribunal.
Albury's Father Peter MacLeod-Miller from St Matthew's Anglican Church supported the North East couple, saying Archbishop Davies was "out of touch with inevitable change".
As Fr MacLeod-Miller says, "the attack on dioceses and bishops for even suggesting gay couples could be blessed, not even married, draws some of the fire that gay individuals experience everyday".
While there's no doubt there are some in the community, and the church, who will share Archbishop Davies' opinion, it's equally clear that history won't look favourably upon their view.