The church and homosexuality [July 12, 2006 {0516}; An e-Review Florida UMNS Commentary by Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker]

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2. Why did you leave out crucial Scriptures like: 1 Cor.6:9-11; 1Cor.5:9-13; Mt.7:15-23 3? What are the implications for the biblical family and the structure of the family if homosexuals are accepted? Who ultimately gets hurt? The children do. But who cares about them since no one mentions this? 4.Why is it that we say we do not condone and that it is incompatible with Christian teaching and then welcome them into the membership of the church? What is the real message here? If it's incompatible with Christian teaching, then upon what biblical grounds does someone who finds their total identity in their aberrant sexuality call themselves Christians? 5. If we believe that it is incompatible with Christian teaching, why do we never highlight national ministries like Exodus for guidance and help to get them compatible with Christian teaching? Why is the emphasis upon the rest of us to accept, rather than the homosexual’s responsibility to get compatible with Christian teaching? 6. I am married. What should I do with my opposite-sex attractions? Why? 7. Where does it all stop? “Monogamous same-sex relationships”? Can my dog and I join the church, if we are monogamous? Does All mean All? Should bestiality be accepted? Why not? Pedophilia? Is anything in Scripture against that? 

Rurel  Ausley
First United Methodist Church, Niceville

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