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Pastoral Perspectives from your General Superintendents on Homosexuality

Many are wondering the official stand of the Nazarene Church in regard to homosexuality. The posted website reveals the consensus of the General Superintendents of the Nazarene Church. I have included belows some excerpts but if taken out of context they could be misinterpreted so I would suggest reading the entire submission.

Pastoral Perspectives from your General Superintendents on Homosexuality

http://www.nazarene.org/files/docs/Perspectives_Homosexuality.pdf

“We view all forms of sexual intimacy that occur outside the covenant of heterosexual marriage as sinful distortions of the holiness and beauty God intended for it.”

“Homosexuality is one means by which human sexuality is perverted.”

We deplore any action or statement that would seem to imply compatibility between Christian morality and the practice of homosexuality.”

“From a biblical perspective homosexual practice is a sin. There is no getting around it.”
“When we love God first, all other loves come into healthy focus. When we love self first, all other loves are distorted. Life, when it is centered on the self, is unhealthy. Disordered love explains the nature of sin and the circumstance of the world for Augustine. One example of this disorder is homosexuality.”
“What we do know from walking with people in a fallen world is that homosexuality is real, it tends to begin early, and it is rarely a choice.”
“Some of the experiments suggest that homosexuality is a part of a person’s constitutional make-up, like being left-handed or blue-eyed. But, these reports have been refuted and rejected as biased.”
“We need to be careful about accepting uncritically the so-called scientific findings on either side of the homosexuality debate. Research is still in progress and much of it is twisted by personal agendas. The fact is there is presently no scientific explanation for why some people are homosexual.”

“Sexual orientation is not usually a willful choice. (Can the heterosexual point to a time they chose their sexual orientation?) It is amoral, neither moral nor immoral. Sexual behavior is a moral choice.”
“The Manual of the Church of the Nazarene and the Official Statement of the Board of General Superintendents makes a clear distinction between behavior and orientation. One is sinful, the
other is not. Scripture clearly addresses homosexual behavior, but does not address homosexual orientation.”

“The person who is homosexually oriented does not need a church that condemns their orientation, but rather a church that calls for a response that is in keeping with the character of God.”

“As humans, we are carefully crafted, intentionally designed to bond in covenant relationship.”
“Each part of our bodies has a functional form, and that includes our sexual organs. God created us to fit together as male and female, and together as male and female God gives the capacity for childbearing, to “be fruitful and multiply.” This “fittedness” is biological, and also psychological, emotional, and spiritual.”

What about the person claiming to be a “practicing homosexual Christian?”

Scripture speaks clearly to this. A person who makes such a claim is making two contradictory statements:
1) I am a practicing homosexual, and
2) I am a follower of Jesus Christ

If a person says “practicing homosexual,” then God and Scripture must bow to their sexual orientation, and this makes homosexuality an idolatrous identity. For the practicing homosexual their sexual identity supersedes their identity in Christ.”

“Homosexual orientation is the inclination to desire sexual intimacy with a person of the same sex. Homosexual behavior is achieving sexual gratification with someone of the same sex. The first is a desire, the second is an action. “

“One may not choose to be a homosexual, but one does choose whether or not to engage in homosexual behavior”

“The call to the Christian homosexual is the same as the call to all Christians–to continue to avail yourself to the transforming grace of God as He continues to shape you into His likeness.
For those who are not reoriented, they are called to live a life of abstinence that is graced by the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.”

“God does not love someone any less simply because he or she is a homosexual. It is hypocritical for us to do so.”

“If the homosexual community offers a better welcome than the people of God, a struggling person will seek help from that community. If we, as the church, immediately condemn our homosexual brothers and sisters without taking the time to get to know them and to share God’s love with them, we may turn them off from the church and from God for good. Homosexuals need the church, and they matter to us because they matter to God.”

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June 25th, 2011CultureRead More >5 Comments