Assemblies of God gets it right on homosexuality

29 Oct

GCM Watch applauds The Assemblies of God (AOG) for its excellent position statement on homosexuality. Its biblically sound, well researched and relevant. And most importantly, its official.

Although most pentecostal denominations (COGIC, PAW, COG, UPCI, and scores of offshoots) are still resistant to public polity statement on homosexuality, the AOG got it right. A wise assessment of the times and seasons we are in require us to do some things that were previously thought to be unnecessary.  Given the severe threat homosexual rights and homosexual affirming theology poses to the contemporary church, its still unclear as to why major pentecostal denominations still operate with horse and buggy mentality. 

The AOG’s statement, approved by the General Presbytery in 2001 states in part:

Increasing political and religious advocacy for homosexuality1 has prompted us to restate our position on this critical issue.2 We believe that all matters of faith and conduct must be evaluated on the basis of Holy Scripture, which is our infallible guide (2 Timothy 3:16,17). Since the Bible does speak on the subject of homosexuality, it is imperative that the Church correctly understands and articulates the truth on this important contemporary issue.

This reaffirmation of truth has become all the more urgent because writers sympathetic to the homosexual community have advanced revisionist interpretations of relevant biblical texts that are based upon biased exegesis and mistranslation. In effect, they seek to set aside almost 2,000 years of Christian biblical interpretation and ethical teachings. We believe these efforts are reflective of the conditions described in 2 Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”3

Exactly. Everything needs to be updated as the cultural norms began to place more and more demands that the church follow suit. Wise leaders understand this and take action. Others, who seek to conceal or ignore real issues in their midst will eventually fall victim to the very issue they ignored.

If youre a member of PAW, COGIC, UPCI, COGOP, FGBCF, COOLJC check your church site and see if there is a official policy statement on homosexuality.

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20 Responses to “Assemblies of God gets it right on homosexuality”

  1. Camille October 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm #

    That paper is awesome. I’m copying it.

  2. gcmwatch October 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm #

    Camille its a good one to copy!

  3. Neil October 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm #

    Very well written! I like how it spells out what has happened thus far and what our foundation should be.

  4. Carlotta October 29, 2008 at 9:09 pm #

    Excellently written by the AOG!

    Wonderful that the AOG is making a clear stand on “what says the Lord,” as opposed to “what man wants!”

  5. james October 30, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    Good Morning All,

    AOG should not be applauded because they seemingly have a respectable stance against homosexuality. You can not judge the validity of any denomination based solely on one issue. In fact, there are many other unbiblical stances held by AOG and the other denominations you mention (read their believes on their sites) that needs to be REBUKE and REPROVE. While homosexuality is big issue in our churches, so are the other unbiblical things that are exalted by these “modern” denominations. Let’s keep it real, most, if not all denominations are out of touch with God and what He desires for his people. That is why we have the sad state of “christianity” we have today.

    God Bless.

  6. gcmwatch October 30, 2008 at 7:40 pm #

    James, Im not sure I get your argument. Whats the problem?

  7. james October 30, 2008 at 11:56 pm #

    Sure Mr. GCM,

    I really appreciate what your doing and what people like you are doing, however I know that there is definitely a more fundamental problem with these denominations besides their stance on homosexuality that needs to be redress. These denominations hold dear many unbiblical beliefs such as speaking ungodly tongues (It shoud only be done to interpet the Word to save people), ungodly church traditions, exaltation of flashy pastors and silly church rhetoric, mundane conferences and teachers, just a gross neglect to what God desire for his people. Until they adhere to all truths established by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, than they should not be validated in any way. These denominations have work to be done and it’s simply going undone. There is a wideness to the traps of the enemy and it’s deeper than just outing homosexuals in the church. Everybody knows homosexuality is wrong, even if they don’t admit it. But as far as the other very serious “subtle” deceptions, “christians” need a little more convicing and enlightment, and those who are truly save must rebuke and reprove all these unbiblical things. Those who truy have desire to be right with God, will for sure adhere to the truth. I can go to more detail if you like.

    Again I appreciate the sight, but God Bless.

  8. james October 31, 2008 at 12:03 am #

    Sure Mr. GCM,

    I really appreciate what your doing and what people like you are doing, however I know that there is definitely a more fundamental problem with these denominations besides their stance on homosexuality that needs to be redress. These denominations hold dear many unbiblical beliefs such as speaking ungodly tongues (It shoud only be done to interpet the Word to save people), ungodly church traditions, exaltation of flashy pastors and silly church rhetoric, mundane conferences and teachers, just a overall gross neglect to what God desire for his people. Until these denominations adhere to all truths established by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, than they should not be validated in any way. These denominations have work to be done and it’s simply going undone because of their selfish agendas. There is a wideness to the traps of the enemy and it’s deeper than just outing homosexuals in the church. Everybody knows homosexuality is wrong, even if they don’t admit it (think about it). But as far as the other very serious “subtle” deceptions, unfortuunately “christians” need a little more convicing and enlightment, and those who are truly save must rebuke and reprove all these unbiblical things so that it can happen. Those who truly have a desire to be right with God, will surely adhere to the truth.

    Again good job with the site, but I’ll love to see it go in a slightly different direction. Hope you understand.

    God Bless.

  9. Dee October 31, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    Again good job with the site, but I’ll love to see it go in a slightly different direction. Hope you understand.

    Hi James, I see you are passionate on this issue. As you can see this site is about the gay christian movement in the church…. how can you expect the site owner to go in a different direction.

    There are millions of websites focusing on various topics.

    Why dont you start a site on the other “subtle” deceptions you mentioned and educate others on that.

    It’s kind of like coming into someone else’s house and saying. I love your furniture, but I think Id rather see a purple sofa in here instead of the brown one you have. : )

  10. James October 31, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    Greetings and Peace,

    I said in my previous statement to SLIGHTLY change the direction, not totally as you poignantly put it. I know what this site is about, but I also know that in this day and time, your great site can be even more effective if you were to profoundly look at the other pressing issues and address them with the same vigor. I’m not suggesting you sacrifice one for the other, but I believe more balance should be in order. I’m not completely sure why I wrote, but I was honestly spiritually compelled to speak the truth and it’s up to you do what you like with it. I only wish I was more eloquent, nevertheless you should get my point, lol. Just caring advice, not callous critique.

    And I plan to work on that site. ;)

    Everyone have a nice day!

  11. gcmwatch October 31, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    James alothough I get your point, congratulations to the AOG is in order. Considering the times and seasons, their attention to this matter is incredible. Most churches ignore it altogether and never give their constituency any guidance on this issue, thus giving the appearance that all is well or there is no problem.

    The “changing the direction” issue (even slightly) because its a non issue to me. Im committed to doing what Ive been instructed by the Lord to do. I would think in this day a person being faithful to God’s call would be applauded by the church. I decided long ago attempting to placate people is pretty much a endless wild goose chase.

    Its much better to obey God and stay on course.

  12. beckrl November 1, 2008 at 11:49 pm #

    Thank you, Pastor Foster

    For the insight of AOG stand on same sex.
    We as the COGOP made our stand in 2006
    As the end time comes closer we must make our stand for the truth.

    James, I understand what you are saying, you may check my site out.

  13. T November 10, 2008 at 12:01 am #

    In response to your article, AOG, check out C.O.G.I.C.’s website, cogic.org or cogic.com. You will be able to see where C.O.G.I.C. stands on homosexuality.

    Thanks :) !

    GCMW: T, COGIC’s “proclamation against same sex marriage” is just that. It covers only homosexual marriage and falls way short of being a comprehensive document stating COGIC’s position on homosexuality from a redemptive perspective.

  14. T November 10, 2008 at 12:05 am #

    BTW, I’m not sure why the date of submission is Nov. 10th at 12:01 am. I am in the bed by then:) I actually submitted it @ 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 9th, 2008, which happens to be the night of Official
    Day for the 101st International Holy Convocation.

    Thanks!

  15. tp November 14, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    Um…have you guys heard of context? The condemnations in Pauline literatiture and lev…ect deonote sexuality as used in the early Roman ‘churches’ refers to temple prostitutes. A common practice in the pegan established religion that was carried over to the new Christian Church (Judiasm with a completed covenant not evangelical or protestant as we know them today) Using sex as a direct link to God is what Paul is speaking against.. This is not a statement in favour of or consiquently against homosexuality. I Cor. is a statement saying that sex will not get you to God. Faith is what brings you to God. Please review your exogesis and find a better argument against or for homosexuality as linking all sexually immoral people to temple prostitutes is not a sound defence of your faith

  16. Neil November 14, 2008 at 2:32 pm #

    There are about 15 things wrong with the “temple prostitute” argument – http://4simpsons.wordpress.com/2007/07/08/romans-1-and-temple-prostitutes/ .

    Romans 1 doesn’t include the words “temple prostitute,” “temple” or “prostitute.” The temple prostitute theory is completely read into it. Read Romans 1 for yourself and see what I mean.

    The context of the passage militates against the temple prostitute view. Romans 1 is perhaps the most big picture book of the Bible, with messages that are not only world-wide in scope but timeless as well. The context is rebellion against God and what He has clearly revealed to us all, so that we are “without excuse.” So to say that Paul is zeroing in on a local custom is to completely miss the point.

    Also consider the sins listed at the end of the chapter which have nothing to do with pagan worship practices (greed, arrogance, gossip, etc.).

    I am not aware of any lesbian temple prostitutes, so why would Paul’s first example be about lesbian sexual relations?

    The passage about males reads as follows: “males engaging in indecency with males, receiving back in themselves the recompense which was required of their straying.” Note that this was not a prostitute / customer relationship or pederasty (adult / minor male couples) but rather a mutual relationship. So to say that the Bible is OK with “committed” relationships is false. Nothing in the 31,173 verses of the Bible supports that view.

    GCMW: Neil, thanks for your voice of clarity in explaining this. God isnt stupid nor was he born yesterday and forgot to order cultural updates for the bible. Tp as well as others who bite this line of theological malarkey get it from John Boswell, their patron saint of gay christian revisionism.

  17. bix December 9, 2008 at 8:37 pm #

    I”m surprised at the your overwhelming support for AOG’s site when it includes the clarifying footnote:

    “The term homosexuality is frequently used to describe both orientation and behavior. In this paper, homosexual orientation is understood to mean sexual attraction to other members of the same sex. Homosexual behavior is understood to mean participation in same-sex genital acts. Homosexual orientation may pose temptations to lustful thinking and behavior, like heterosexual temptations, that are not necessarily acted upon and that may be resisted and overcome in the power of the Holy Spirit. Only homosexual lust and homosexual behaviors are understood in this study to be sinful.”

  18. gcmwatch December 9, 2008 at 9:00 pm #

    Bix, what is wrong with that statement? Which btw I agree with fully. The AOG is still saying both are wrong no matter what definition you attach to it.

  19. bix December 10, 2008 at 6:23 pm #

    My surprise doesn’t have to do with there being anything “[right or] wrong with that statement.” It has to do with it separately catagorizing “homosexual orientation” as not “understood in this study to be sinful.”

  20. gcmwatch December 10, 2008 at 7:06 pm #

    While I disagree with using the term “homosexual orientation” to describe homosexual thoughts, it appears they are not encouraging anyone to act on this “orientation” nor identify with it as a subset of Christian identity.

    Homosexual thoughts ALONE (a sustained pattern and consistent process of thinking this way is different) are not sin, nor is the temptation to think or act homosexually. Sin enters when there is a transgression or breaking of God’s commands. The Bible acknowledges such thoughts will come and strongly commands us to “cast them down” because they will seek to exalt itself about the knowledge of Christ 1Cor 10:13

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