Homosexual acceptance tearing denoms apart spiritually

The Associated Press has compiled a list –incomplete as it is– of what homosexual acceptance is doing to white US denominations.  We’ve tracked other denominations’  doctrine, policy, beliefs and resolutions here, for instance The Assemblies of GodCOGIC and the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. The AP’s list includes:

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 7.9 million U.S. members. The most conservative of the largest mainline denominations on gay clergy. An effort to repeal a ban on non-celibate gay clergy failed at the church’s last General Conference, in 2008.

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA: 4.7 million U.S. members. The church voted Friday to strike down a policy that required celibacy of gay clergy, becoming the largest U.S. denomination to take that stance. The change allows those in committed same-gender relationships to be on official ELCA church rosters and serve as pastors at congregations that want them.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA): 2.9 million U.S. members. Ministers must live in “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between and a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” The church’s General Assembly voted last year to drop that requirement, but the move did not receive required approval from presbyteries.

EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 2.1 million U.S. members. The splintering global Anglican fellowship has moved to the brink of a full schism since the 2003 consecration of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Last month, the Episcopal General Convention approved a resolution saying “God has called and may call” gays in committed relationships to any ordained ministry in the church.

AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES IN THE USA: 1.3 million U.S. members. Holds that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” The Baptist tradition emphasizes local autonomy, and some churches have appointed openly gay ministers, creating tensions.

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST: 1.1 million U.S. members. Boasts a long track record of welcoming gay clergy. Allowed ordination of an openly gay man and openly lesbian woman in the 1970s. Ordination of practicing homosexuals was officially accepted in 1980.

All of the above are considered “mainline” denominations, but are bleeding members faster than a sliced artery. Most are accepting homosexuality because they have been commandeered by apostates who hold little to no regard for the authority of scripture.

Does your local church or denomination have a public statement or policy on homosexual conduct or gay marriage? If not, do you know why?

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21 thoughts on “Homosexual acceptance tearing denoms apart spiritually

  1. Yes our Church proclaims that homosexuals should seek deliverance from their sexual addition through the power of the Holy Spirit. Because the Word of God states we can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.
    My desire is God’s desire that none shall perish but all come to repentance of their sin against God, don’t go to Hell a homosexual Repent!!

  2. My church does not have a written statement. However the leadership from time to time will mention that homosexual behavior or any sexual activity that the Bible says is wrong is unacceptable behavior for the Christian. They would pray for deliverance and strongly encourage the person to go through a process of mind renewal, which the Bible says in Romans 12:1-3 and Ephesians 4:24-26 states all believers must do to walk like Christ did.

  3. I honestly don’t know if my local church or the denomination has a policy or statement on homosexuality. My pastor preaches against it according to scripture…….but I am gonna ask him if there is a statement about it!!!!!

  4. @ Pamela and Robert…amen. At least there is an acknowledgement that this issue exists and needs to be addressed from the leaders. While I dont think that a policy makes the bible any clearer it can address other residual and peripheral issues, like what does a church do when a homosexual couple wants to get married using our facility? Is there any loophole in our bylaws or facilities rules which they could legally force you to allow such an action?

    See this story.

  5. Pastor Foster (and all other Pastors) be careful that the IRS cannot use your tax exempt status to force you to allow any kind of homosexual activity. The Government Is Watching the men and women of God who will not compromise with this issue.

  6. Robert Im with you 100% on that. 501c3 is a noose around the neck of the church. I wont submit to it nor will I encourage anyone to do so. Its sad today’s church (American) has been duped into thinking youre not credible or legitimate unless you have 501c3.

  7. Praise God Pastor you are all ready aware. God is our provider in our Church, we will not be yoked down by the government either.

    When you give your tithe and offering to God there should be no expectancy that your going to get it all back when you fill out your W2. The Lord loves a cheerful giver not one who wants a large refund check.

  8. I belong to a non-denom church. The pastor has taken a stand against homosexuality from the pulpit using scripture. However I am concerned that acceptance towards homosexuality can come throught another door — youth and young adult ministries because statistics do show that younger evangelicals christians are more accepting of homosexuality and homosexual marriage than older christians.

  9. Donna, a couple of things. Some think that just by speaking out against it from the pulpit is good enough. But increasingly its being shown that homosexuals are using nondiscrimination to trump biblical beliefs particularly if a person is employed by the church and is fired for homosexual conduct. Pastors and churches need to write it into bylaws and be specific about what conduct and activities are not permissable.

    Secondly youre right about the younger Christians. They are rubbing elbows with gays and dont have the same biblical worldview of their leaders or parents. In fact some of them really do see the rejection of homosexuality as a rejection of their personal friends and are not willing to go along with it. Yet they are being groomed for leadership.

    Satan always looks for opportunity to enter in.

  10. “those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen” (1John 4:20)

  11. I agree Matt.

    Ezekiel 3:18 “When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.

    This is why we must preach the truth and reach the homosexual, Hell is still burning….

  12. I am episcopalian and I am PROUD of our positions of inclusion and love of every person. i believe it is not our job to judge or condemn it is G-D’s. my role is to love G-D and love my neighbors, all of them. even if i do not like them, even if i do not agree with them. my job is help every christian achive their full stature in christ.

    I am aware of the many culutral and religous natterings about being gay but i really do believe that it is not essential to being saved. god saves everyone by GRACE not by works. and i know that can be a frustrating idea to confront for some but i think each person has to make up thier own ideas on the matter. each person gets to intrerpt the bible thier own way and each person gets to have their own personal relationship with christ. my relationship may look differnt from yours and that is OK in fact it is beautiful. through these difference we grow as christians and as people and i hope that makes G-D happy.

    I hope everyone finds a demon that fits, welcomes and loves them(all of them) this is the great thing about demons: there are so many from which to chose. i hope everyone will visit an episcopal church one day to see what the church is really like instead of just reading these negativisms. i can not tell you the immense joy and presence of G-D i have felt from the church its parishoners and our Presiding Bishop. you can only feel it for yourself. and if you all have never been to any of theses churches how can you truely know what they are about?

    episcopalians tend to love diversity of thought peoples and opinions, and i am sure most episcopalians would respect your opinions even though we might disagree. i hope you all can do the same for us

    is it not sad that a majority of the world’s people are beginning see christians as hateful? just reading through some of the posts on this blog makes me sad. i pray that a majority of you never have a gay child.

    i try to see christ in everybody, and i try to be open to the spirt to see where i might meet Jesus through my day. and i always ask my self before i get angry before i might agrue with soemone. what would jesus do, what would he want ME to do?

    many of you wil undoubtly disagree with me a post disparaging remarks to my comment, but honestly this comment is not for you who have already harden your hearts. many gay and lesbian youth commit suicide every year because of religious intolereance(can we at least agree that this should be stopped?) .

    I hope that someone reading this will see that not all christians think the way that the Pastor does and that there is a loving community for you somewhere. i pray that you don’t become dispondent with G-D.

    with love
    Peace

  13. augustin, your comments are really a real time snap shot of the rampant heresy consuming the Episcopal church alive.

    I will rejoice in the day when God closes the door on this ichabod institution.

  14. Great satire (I think?) Augustin. There are many demons to choose from, and they are rampant not only in the Episcopal church, but many other denominations as well. Let’s put on the whole armor people.

  15. Augustin: I am episcopalian and I am PROUD

    God hates the proud, He has a real issue with pride, he exalts the humble. satan’s sin was an issue of pride. The gay pride, the rainbow being used for their flag, this really grieves His heart.

    Augustin: each person gets to intrerpt the bible thier own way

    Again, wrong. God gets to make the rules, His word is the final say, if you would like to make rules, create a planet, create inhabitants and make any rules you like. Until then, God is the ultimate authority, not man.

  16. @ Matt…

    Matthew 12:48-50
    (48) And He answered and said to him who told Him, Who is My mother? And who are My brothers?
    (49) And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, Behold, My mother and My brothers!
    (50) For whoever shall do the will of My Father in Heaven, the same is My brother and sister and mother.

    How can you claim to do the will of the Father in Heaven when you don’t acknowledge being homosexual is a sin?

    @ Augustin….

    2 Timothy 4:3-4
    (3) For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap up teachers to themselves according to their own lusts, tickling the ear.
    (4) And they will turn away their ears from the truth and will be turned to myths.

    And yes, I agree that suicide over sin should be stopped. Repentance and acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord should be preached to these teens and young adults.

  17. Chris:
    the bible has been interpreted and fabricated by man( with divine inspiration of course) but the fact remains that many people interpret the bible differently. in fact,if you go to a book store there are many different versions the bible, that sometimes have different interpretations. can you tell me which one exactly G-D apporves of the most?

  18. What you are talking about is people who have changed what some scriptures actually say to justify homosexuality. That is not interpretation, that is fabrication. Bona fide translation and interpretation does not change the meaning of a thing.
    Interpretation is needed when something is not understood or is hidden, as in dreams, visions, signs of the times, etc. Interpretation is not needed for the following: If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. To use today’s english: ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. The bible has been translated into many different languages, and well done.
    And just for the record, the whole loving, committed relationship crap is just that, crap. The context of the relationship does not qualify the above scripture. He didn’t say, “If you guys really, really love each other, then it’s okay.”

  19. “can you tell me which one exactly G-D apporves of the most?”

    He approves of the truth.
    And the truth is that homosexuality was, is and always will be sin.

    Sidebar: Augustin, we’ve already more than adequately answered these silly, spiritually juvenile assertions and we’re not going to waste more valuable white space rehashing them just for you.

    You’ve already run out of steam and false conjectures so lets put this goose chase to an end right here.

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