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

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

While we are not perfect, because we are human, I do have a large challenge with granting ordination to someone of same sex attraction. To be perfectly honest, if that person was to remain "single" and not engage in same sex sex, I would have less challenge. But to ordain someone with same sex attraction that is in, or goes into, a same sex relationship while ordained causes me great concern. The main concept here is that after Christ forgave the woman charged with adultry, he told her to go and sin no more. The continuing of a practicing relationship of sex in a same sex attraction would be continuing in a sinful state and not attempting to move away from sin and to be more Christ-like. I greatly appreciate your time and energies in this article. So many times we do get distracted from the real elements and missions of our Christian life.

Brian Taylor
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

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