As Christians, congregations and denominations wrestle with the matter of same-sex marriage it is very important to keep a biblical understanding of church unity in mind. In the context of members of the Reformed Church in America dealing with this issue, the Rev. Dr. A. Rand Peabody has written a paper in which he makes an appeal for members of the RCA to remain in unity.
In conjunction with that paper and the response to it, please submit your thoughts on the pros and cons, what you agree with and what you disagree with. These comments will contribute to the further development of the material on those webpages. (For cross-reference, that paper can be found here.) The question in front of us at this time is, with respect to same-sex marriage, is Christian unity of paramount importance or is unity somehow dependent on whether or not same-sex marriage is morally good?
Thank you very much for your consideration of and contribution to this discussion!
To see the post at the website, click here. Are Loader’s comments pro same-sex marriage? What is the gist of his comments, why were they included in the 2016 report?
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I Corinthians 6:9-10, as all Bible passages, must not be used by anyone to clobber another person. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for training in righteousness, for edifying etc. (II Timothy 3:16-17).
The question in front of us today is, does this passage in Corinthians teach us that what is best for those who are same-sex attracted is to not engage in same-sex erotic acts, or does the passage contain a different message? One of the purposes of this blog is to provide opportunity for those who do not agree with the conclusions posted at the Dialogos website to provide feedback on this passage. Those who do not agree with the conclusions are encouraged to state their reasons here and those thoughts will be taken into consideration and replies will be given. Thank you!
I Corinthians 6:9-10:
Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
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Did the predominance of pederasty and prostitution in New Testament times limit the prohibition of Romans 1 to violent acts and exempt loving same-sex acts? (Click here to link to the website on this topic.)
Do the specific words in Romans 1 teach that all same-sex acts are sinful? Please share any and all comments.
Is the guideline of building all doctrine on necessary rather than possible inferences a good guideline?