It took decades of internal deterioration before the Episcopal church finally ordained its first and second homosexual bishops. Pat Robertson said that decision proved the American Episcopal Church has ceased to function as a church of Christ. And after a similar struggle, the Lutherans followed suit with full approval of homosexual clergy. Monumental changes now, but make no mistake it began with small challenges somewhere. Many denominations (pentecostal ones included) have progay factions in it which are working at different levels to change church law and biblical perspectives on sexuality. Some groups are operating covertly while others are openly and aggressively fighting church doctrine.
It certainly doesn’t help that more and more “leaders” sell out continue to capitulate to antichrist elements within the church. The result will be total collapse of biblical morality and the ingress of full apostasy in Christian identified denominations. You heard it here first: acceptance and justification of homosexual clergy or members is the benchmark for incurable spiritual disease in the church.
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25. Read the entire chapter for what was happening “in those days”.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes that homosexual church activists are ratcheting up their push to overtake the Methodist Church.
The ELCA spent a decade arguing over the matter before it voted last summer to recognize gay and lesbian ministers who are involved in monogamous relationships. The United Methodists aren’t anywhere close to taking a similar vote; the best description of their situation is that they are thinking about thinking about it.
At its meeting next month, the Minnesota Annual Conference has agreed to accept eight petitions dealing with the church’s stance on homosexuality. But conference officials aren’t promising that the petitions will reach the floor. They will be debated “if there is time.”
The petitions address specific clauses in church law. They include lifting the ban on gay preachers, deleting the word “heterosexual” from the definition of marriage and removing the statement, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”
Regardless of how the petitions fare, nothing will happen soon. Church law cannot be changed on a state level, and the national conference, which meets every four years, doesn’t reconvene until 2012. In fact, if the petitions fail to make it to the floor, supporters can reintroduce them at next year’s state conference.
Its unclear if those who opposed homosexual ordination in fallen denominations pushed back aggressively enough. Perhaps they underestimated the resolve of those obsessed with turning the church gay. That’ seems to be what the article suggests in part (i.e. “nothing will happen soon”). Unfortunately, all it takes for these groups to succeed is time and the passive complicity of church leaders.
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