Presbyterian Changes On Homosexuality

All born before about 1985 or so have seen the rapid change in U.S. society toward accepting homosexuality and gay marriage. But recently I heard a sermon by my friend Frank Richey which included the below quotes showing how the Presbyterian church has changed dramatically on homosexuality over the last few decades …

1978 – …Homosexuality is not God’s wish for humanity…On the basis of our understanding that the practice of homosexuality is sin, we are concerned that homosexual believers and the observing world should not be left in doubt about the church’s mind on this issue during any further period of study. (Minutes of the 190th General Assembly [1978], United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., pp.261-62)

1980 – Homosexuality presents a particular problem for the church. It seems to be contrary to the teaching of scripture. (Minutes of the 192th General Assembly, Presbyterian Church in the United States, p.213)

1991 – The church should “re-evaluate its definition of sin to reflect the changing mores of society.” … the church should sound “a call for widening the circle of the faithful—not with children, but with non-reproductive gays, lesbians, and heterosexual singles who practice ‘safe sex.’ We feel that marriage is not what legitimates sexual gratification. (Roll Over John Calvin, Time Magazine, 5-6-91, p.59)

2010 – Presbyterian leaders voted Thursday to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy, approving the first of two policy changes that could make their church one of the most gay-friendly major Christian denominations in the U.S. … “What this is about is making sure we uphold what Christ taught us, to not judge one another,” said Dan Roth, a church elder from Sacramento. … Several major Christian denominations have voted in recent years to allow non-celibate gays to serve as clergy if they are in committed relationships. Among them are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the U.S. Episcopal Church and the United Church of Christ. … Benjamin Wind, a nonvoting young adult delegate to the assembly from Syracuse, N.Y., said Presbyterians of his generation greatly favor the change. (Newsmax.com, 08 Jul 2010)

2015 – The Presbyterian Church made a historic decision … to formally recognize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to marry in its congregations. … The …denomination voted to redefine the church constitution on marriage to include ‘a commitment between two people …’ (Time Magazine, 3-18-2015)

What does the Bible actually say about homosexuality? Here are just a few of the passages that clearly condemn it …

Romans 1:24,26-27 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves … For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

Leviticus 20:13: 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 …

I Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers. Neither homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, will inherit the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

Does the Presbyterian church have a right to change in such way?

Did you know that many other churches have made the same change?

If a church changes from one position to another, can they be right both times?

And did you know that most churches have made similar deviations from the Bible on other issues? Here are some examples:

· Matt 19:9 acceptance of adulterous marriages led to this new acceptance of gay marriages

· Acts 8:37 addition of infant baptism

· Gal 5:4 teaching Once Saved Always Saved

· Acts 20:7 denominations changed the frequency of the Lord’s Supper from once a week to less often

· I Corinthians 14:34-35 almost all churches used to forbid “women preachers” – now almost all allow it

Read II John 9 to see if churches/people who change away from what the Bible teaches are going to be saved anyway.

to hear my recent Bible Crossfire SiriusXM radio program on this topic, go to: http://www.bibledebates.info/BibleCrossfire/BibleCrossfire-180603.mp3

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