One of the most volatile and important issues facing the Church today is the question of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle. The Church cannot duck this question. Events like the brutal murder of Matthew Shepherd, the homosexual student in Wyoming, or the recent spate of scandals involving pedophile priests, which has rocked the Catholic Church, serve to thrust this question to the front and center of American culture.
Answered by Jimmy Creech, former United Methodist pastor for nearly 30 years at the center of the controversy around the blessing of gay and lesbian unions in the church. A growing number of religious groups have issued statements officially welcoming LGBTQ people as members. What is at the heart of the position that the Bible is clear on the subject "that homosexuality is forbidden by God?
Within Christianitythere are a variety of views on sexual orientation and homosexuality. Even within a denomination, individuals and groups may hold different views and not all members of a denomination necessarily support their church's views on homosexuality. This article focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, covering how the extent to which the Bible mentions the subject, whether or not it is condemned, and whether the various passages apply today, have become contentious topics.
When I first began serving at Portland Fellowship, for a believer, the message regarding homosexuality and identity seemed a bit simpler. As the years passed by, and culture, unsurprisingly, continued down a path of confusion and distortion, I have watched many in the church also fall into that confusion. Last month, to bring clarity to this confusing issue, we here at Portland Fellowship created a one-page handout, which we summarize below.
Most Church statements that deal with homosexuality only refer to male homosexuality but the same principles can apply to lesbians. There are great divisions within the Christian community on this issue, with the Roman Catholic Church and some sections of the evangelical churches holding very similar views. Most Christian churches hold the position that you should 'Love the sinner, but hate the sin'.
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The words "gay" and "Christian" are not often used in the same sentence. Hateful speech disguised under the language of salvation has reined church services that are entirely dedicated to condemn homosexuality. Does it not defy the essence of God, who is an all-mighty being of unconditional love and acceptance?
Same sex equality issues, such as civil partnerships, adoption and gay marriage, have been the subject of considerable debate in recent years as governments have passed various laws on the matter. These measures have sometimes elicited apprehension or critical responses from the leaders of various faiths and denominations as well as religiously-based campaign groups. However, the attitudes of ordinary religious adherents have changed significantly in recent decades, as the data presented here will show.
Until recent decades, same-sex behavior was placed in the same category with gluttony or drunkenness — as a vice of excess anyone might be prone to — not as the expression of a sexual orientation. Celibacy is a gift, not a mandate. The Bible honors celibacy as a good way of living — Jesus was celibate, after all — but it also makes clear that celibacy must be a voluntary choice.
Many of the largest U. At the same time, in the past two decades, several other religious groups also have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions. Another mainline Protestant denomination, the Presbyterian Church U. Among the four largest mainline Protestant churchesthe same-sex marriage debate has not been simple.