Increasing number of Evangelicals say being gay is OK: Born-again Christianity had once become synonymous with social conservatism. But a growing number of Evangelicals don’t see it that way
“A “church” that has nothing to stand on is not really a church. When a “church” is steeped in moral relativism, it has ceased to be a church. Only churches that stand on the Word of God can be considered true churches. When there is a disagreement between the Bible and people, the problem is not with the Bible but with the people. People in the church itself have attempted to change what God’s Word says so that they can feel more comfortable and accepted in society, but that is not the way of scripture. God’s Word (Jesus Christ) cuts like a knife pitting brother against brother. Some accept the Word of God and others reject it and try to conform to society. This article and the Independent obviously feeds those who reject the Word of God. The independent has painted those who don’t agree with homosexuality as bigots. I believe the Independent is bigoted for calling those who disagree with them bigots. The Independent is bigoted against traditional Christianity.” Glenmeyers.
“How would a pro gay evangelical interpret Saint Paul the Apostle ‘s statement in 1 Timothy 1 verses 8 to 11 ? This reads as (NIV version) ……
”We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.” David Sax
Mathew 24:12 “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,”
Luke 18:8 “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
The answer is that God told us at this very hour on earth most would turn from the faith and pervert the Word of God, twisting it to support their evil ends, wickedness will increase and the love of God will disappear. The story below is only an example of that truth.
Happy, clappy, and out of the closet: Evangelicals who say being gay is OK
Jeremy Marks used to believe you could make a gay man straight through prayer. Despite knowing he was himself gay, as a committed evangelical Christian he was utterly convinced that homosexuality was wrong in all circumstances.
“However much support we gave people it didn’t result in a change in their orientation at all,” the 60-year-old explains. “Once support was withdrawn they just felt high and dry, worse than before. Many lost their faith altogether. The only ones that did well accepted they were gay, found a partner and accepted it was right. It made me begin to realize that what I was doing was wrong, not them.”
The ongoing theological debates surrounding women bishops and same sex marriages has often been framed as one where liberal-Christians (oxymoron) are battling against a rising tide of highly organized evangelical zealots. Evangelicalism, the fastest growing form of Christianity is often seen as a byword for social conservatism.
To many the word evangelical summons up images of Bible Belt America. Mega churches run by charismatic firebrand preachers, backed by Christian rock bands and zealous congregants who speak in tongues. They’re not exactly known for being welcoming to gays.
Much of the most vehement opposition to female leadership in the church and same sex marriage legislation comes from the conservative sections of evangelical Christianity. They are groups whose dogmatic adherence to scripture allows them to justify the kind of bigotry that – like slavery and segregation – most of Britain has long ago deemed unconscionable.
But slowly and quietly a revolution is taking place. A growing number of prominent evangelical theologians and pastors are beginning to speak in favor not just of tolerating gay men and woman, but preaching that they should be welcomed and recognized as good moral Christians. In Britain today, behind closed doors, a handful of evangelical churches are quietly welcoming gay congregants in a way that might have been unthinkable even ten years ago.
Much of this theological change has begun in the United States, where evangelists like as Tony Campolo, his wife Peggy and the up-and-coming urban preacher Jay Bakker have gone back to the scriptures to argue for a theological embrace of homosexuality. Less liberal but equally radical preachers such as Brian McClaren have decried “fundasexuality” – a term McClaren coined to illustrate the way evangelicals seem to be obsessed with sexuality to the point where they often treat homosexuals with little of the compassion that Christ reserved for the oppressed, the marginalized and – crucially – those he disagreed with.
“There is nothing in the Bible which condemns consensual, loving, committed gay relationships,” concludes Rev Hazlehurst.
“There’s a long way to go but the hardest work has been done,” concludes Mr Marks. “There’s a younger generation of evangelicals growing up now who don’t have an issue with same sex relationships and can’t understand why others do. And Church leaders are beginning to realise that if they don’t soften their attitude soon, their churches will become irrelevant.”