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Gotta give props to the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. While other denominations are still in a state of shock or silence about human sexuality from the biblical perspective, they are setting the standard by giving the issue priority attention. And deservedly so. With an explosion of false religious conferences breeding every lie possible about sex and sexuality, the church needs to wade into the fray with truth and comprehensive education.
The ERLC Leadership Summit will address the gospel and human sexuality to equip pastors and church leaders to speak to these critical issues in their own congregations. This event will be held April 21-23, 2014, at the Southern Baptist Convention building in Nashville, TN.
From broken marriages to pornography to homosexuality, sexual confusion and sexual brokenness has ravaged our culture and can deteriorate the integrity of our churches.
Via Black Christian News, we learn the nation’s largest African American Baptist organization in January released an Official Policy Statement to its military chaplains telling them they ‘are not to participate in any activity that implies or condones same sex marriage or same sex union.” The National Baptist Convention with headquarters in Nashville
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States deemed unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which states “the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife.” On August 14, 2013, the Office of Secretary of Defense announced that same-gender married couples serving in the military would be entitled to receive all benefits pertinent to married couples, effective September 3, 2013.
The Office of the National Baptist Ecclesiastical Endorser recognizes and supports the rights of all people to make social and legal decisions based upon their own personal convictions, teachings, and understanding of Local, State, and Federal law. In all matters of Faith and Practice, National Baptists are guided by Holy Scriptures. Genesis 2: 18-25 shows God’s concern for relationships by creating the woman to be a partner with man.
National Baptist Endorsed Chaplains, although serving in a pluralistic environment, are not to participate in any activity that implies or condones same sex marriage or same sex union. When the Chaplain is not able to perform specific rites and services because of conflict with Bible teachings, and with their own denominational faith and practice, they will make every effort to provide for the free exercise of religion with space and resources in keeping with military regulations and federal law.
Last year their counterparts, the predominately white Southern Baptist Convention took a similar stance with its military chaplains.
“Our chaplains want to uphold the authority and relevancy of Scripture while continuing to serve in a very diverse setting,” said Doug Carver, the retired Army major general who leads NAMB’s chaplaincy efforts. “We believe these updated guidelines will help them do that while still sharing the love and the hope of Christ with everyone.”, said the denomination’s North American Missions Board.
Good news to report and spread. An EXtransgendered woman is making headlines for leading a daring college outreach associated with the Assemblies of God.
Assemblies of God U.S. missionary Linda Seiler, the Chi Alpha director at Purdue University, led the “Compassion Without Compromise” outreach at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, during which Seiler shared a Christian response to homosexuality coupled with her personal testimony of having been set free from transsexuality. The event was nothing more than her speaking in a public forum but was one Seiler knew would be steeped in deep emotions and had the potential to turn ugly.
Seiler’s message presented the LGBT community with a bit of a quandary: someone who believes homosexuality is morally wrong yet demonstrates Christlike compassion toward those who practice homosexuality, since Seiler knows what it is like to feel like she was born with same-sex attractions and could not change apart from the grace of God.
“I could sense the Spirit’s leading and His peace,” Seiler says. “The Lord gave me unusual grace to speak with compassion to the point that several of the pro-gay advocates commented on my kindness during the Q&A. In fact, they said my compassion was incongruent with my message because they expected me to come in a spirit of hate.”
Well its been proven. Although homosexual activists claim you cant “pray away the gay”, some churches are bypassing praying for voting. This time its a church in the belly of the beast. From Charisma Magazine:
Menlo Park Presbyterian is based in the San Francisco Bay area and led by well-known author and pastor John Ortberg. It is the ninth-largest PCUSA church, with about 4,000 members, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The motion to leave the PCUSA was approved by 93 percent of the church’s members who voted, with 2,024 ballots in favor of the motion and 158 ballots opposed, according to a letter posted by Ortberg. Menlo Park determined that to keep its property and leave the denomination would cost $8.89 million, based on a summary for dismissal agreement.
“This is a major milestone, and not an ending but a beginning. There’s a lot yet to come of what Dallas Willard called the unique life of spiritual adventure in living with God daily — entering fully into the good news that Jesus has brought, for ourselves, and for us as a church,” Ortberg wrote.
A Menlo Park spokeswoman did not return calls for comment.
The church voted to join a newer denomination called ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, which has attracted 115 other Presbyterian churches since it started in 2012. In its rationale for leaving, Menlo Park cited differences in identity, mission, governance and owning its property.
Earlier, the influential and wealthy First Presbyterian Church in Houston narrowly voted to stay with the doctrinally errant denominational parent. The Houston Chronicle reported the congregation voted heavily in favor of the move but falling short of the supermajority needed for approval.
GCM Watch congratulates both churches for their exceptional bravery and commitment to upholding biblical standards of morality.
One of the largest, wealthiest and most influential Presbyterian congregations in the country is about to break from its corrupted parent organization because of homosexuality. And we couldnt be happier! Via the Houston Chronicle:
An influential, wealthy Houston church is considering a split from the nation’s largest Presbyterian body as it is embroiled in a national debate between those who want to take a more conservative view of the Bible and those who support measures to make room for gay marriage, a newspaper reported Sunday.
The First Presbyterian Church, the oldest such congregation in the city, will vote next Sunday on whether it wants to remain with Presbyterian Church USA or join a breakaway faction that wouldn’t allow for gay clergy or marriage.
Similar debates are going on in Presbyterian churches nationwide since Presbyterian Church USA, which has more than 10,000 churches and 1.8 million members, decided to allow local congregations to choose whether they want to ordain gay clergy. The Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, the largest such congregation in the state, has already joined forces with the breakaway movement, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Another Houston church is also in the process of joining the evangelical group.
The First Presbyterian Church has more than 3,000 worshippers at its main location in the city’s museum district, as well as several smaller member churches elsewhere in Houston. It also has property and assets valued at more than $100 million and 175-year history. Some of its members sit on powerful boards and hold elected office.
The religious left’s invitation to “dialogue” is more than enough reason to refuse it. The religious left is made of a compendium of deceptive movements that have no intention of acknowledging the truth and authority of scripture. So what’s there to talk about?
In a prelude to his visit to Africa, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby issued a statement reminding Anglicans of the commitment the Church of England made eight years ago to the pastoral care and support of everyone, including homosexuals. But African Anglican leaders made no such covenant. Providing “pastoral care and support” is deceptive. What Justin Welby means is that they want homosexuals to be accepted as equal members of the communion WITHOUT having to repent of their sins like everyone else who desires the fellowship of the saints.
Its pastoral to tell homosexuals the truth and not lie to them about the eternal state of their souls should they reject God’s call to repentance. God loves everyone, but has been clear about his kingdom. Those who refuse to repent will not have part in it. 1 Cor 6:9-11. It is a pastor’s sacred duty to firmly convey this in love to all sinners, including homosexuals. That’s the real gospel of inclusion.
Kenya’s Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, chairman of the Global African Future Conference Primates’ Council, said the move would project the Church of England’s problems onto the communion as a whole.
“Without clear understanding of biblical authority and interpretation, such dialogue will spread confusion and open doors for false interpretation of the gospel,” said Wabukala in a pastoral letter. “I cannot commend the proposal.”
Wabukala termed the College of Bishops’ proposal deeply disturbing, given the intensive debate within the communion on the subject.
“The underlying problem is whether or not there is a willingness to accept the Bible for what it is, the word of God,” said Wabukala.
In Uganda, Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali said in a statement that homosexuality is incompatible with Scripture.
Archbishop Wabukala takes the same wise reasoning stance as Nehemiah. When there is no admission of submission to biblical authority on the part of the religious leftists, there is no basis for dialogue.