Homosexuals in The Denominations

Homosexuals

in the Denominations

Increasingly, certain elements within liberal denominations are pressing for full acceptance of homosexuals within their membership. The twelve western states and the New England states of the United Methodist Church have called for total participation of homosexuals in their church (Star-Telegram, July 22, 2000). Many in the Episcopal Church likewise call for full inclusion of practicing homosexuals. Shockingly, many go so far as to demand that homosexuals be admitted to the clergy itself!

What is wrong with this disturbing movement in liberal denominations? The answer is simple: Far from permitting homosexuals in the ministry, Scripture is clear that homosexuals (along with fornicators, adulterers, and other sexual offenders) are not even permitted to be members of the body of Christ or community of God! Practicing homosexuals or sodomites must be removed from fellowship (1 Corinthians 5:11-13). God goes so far as to say that a homosexual (as long as he or she remains in this sin) cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) but will be judged by the Lord (Hebrews 13:4; Revelation 21:8).

God will not stop denominations from making their own decisions regarding homosexuals and other practicing sexual offenders. But no one can rightfully claim that God condones their pronouncements. God has already spoken loudly, clearly, and unmistakably on this issue. Regardless of what liberal churches or society at large chooses to do about the role of male and female homosexuals, those who are committed to the authority of God reflected in His Word, the Scriptures, must say No to the religious homosexual agenda.

Richard Hollerman
(
Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

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