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Friday, March 03, 2006

Rowan Williams, Brian McLaren - Moratoriums on Homosexuality?

Rowan Williams, Brian McLaren - Moratoriums on Homosexuality?

Before reading the following news items , here are the words of Jesus Christ who is the Supreme authority on this issue:

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man" (Mark 7:21-23).

Simply put, everyone is guilty of breaking God's Holy Law and everyone needs salvation. Why then do these 'professing Christian' leaders seek to have 'moratoriums' on the homosexual issue? Isn't what God says enough?

Friday Church News Notes, March 3, 2006 (David Cloud,
http://www.blogger.com/www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The Episcopal diocese of California has included a homosexual man and a lesbian woman among the five nominees for the office of "bishop." The state election will be held in May and the winner must be confirmed by the Episcopal General Convention in June. In 2003 the International Anglican Communion led by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams issued a study called the "Windsor Report," calling for a moratorium "on the appointment of gay bishops." There is no stopping the apostasy and filthiness within the Anglican Communion, though. How foolish it is to call for a moratorium on the appointment of homosexual bishops when practicing homosexuals are allowed to join Anglican congregations and to hold offices within the congregation, including that of pastor. The Anglican Communion is filled to overflowing with theological liberalism and immorality.

This is from pastor Brian McLaren, Leadership Columnist for Christianity Today.

Leader's Insight: No Cowardly Flip-Flop
How should pastors respond to "the Homosexual Question"?
by Brian McLaren, Leadership columnist

"Frankly, many of us don't know what we should think about homosexuality. We've heard all sides, but no position has yet won our confidence so that we can say "it seems good to the Holy Spirit and us."... If we think that there may actually be a legitimate context for some homosexual relationships, we know that the biblical arguments are nuanced and multilayered, and the pastoral ramifications are staggeringly complex."

"Perhaps we need a five-year moratorium on making pronouncements [about homosexuality]. In the meantime, we'll practice prayerful Christian dialogue, listening respectfully, disagreeing agreeably. When decisions need to be made, they'll be admittedly provisional. We'll keep our ears attuned to scholars in biblical studies, theology, ethics, psychology, genetics, sociology, and related fields. Then in five years, if we have clarity, we'll speak; if not, we'll set another five years for ongoing reflection. After all, many important issues in church history took centuries to figure out.

Maybe this moratorium would help us resist the "winds of doctrine" blowing furiously from the left and right, so we can patiently wait for the wind of the Spirit to set our course."
Read Brian McLaren's article on the Homosexual Question at Chrtistianity Today