Saturday, July 3, 2010

Pro-LGBT Equality Cynthia Bolbach Elected Moderator

Cynthia Bolbach, a pro-LGBT equality candidate, was elected Moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA at the 219th General Assembly. In response to the Presbyterian Voices for Justice question on the role of LGBT people in the PCUSA:
I sense that there are some within the PC (USA) who want the ongoing debate over the role of lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgender people in our denomination to just go away. The reality, though, is that the time for deciding when this issue gets resolved is in God’s hands, not ours. Until then we must continue the conversation, even if we feel that there are no new voices to be heard. Those in favor of the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in our life together – and I include myself in that group – believe that we fail to satisfy the Gospel imperative of inclusiveness as we continue to exclude gays and lesbians from leadership in our church. But there are also many within our church who believe that homosexual behavior is a sin that violates Scripture’s mandates. I respect their beliefs, and I want to continue in conversation with them about this basic issue. “Come, now, let us reason together” seems an appropriate principle to guide us as we continue this conversation.


Bob Listou said...

The right person at the right time! Go, Cindy!

Jeff said...

Please cite for me the Bible quotes that support same sex marriage. I believe there are none, and many that are directly opposed, including Romans 2. When humans start replacing the Word with what humans desire to be the Word, they cease to follow the Word and sin before God. This is not even a close question biblically. I pray for God to have mercy on your souls.

Rob said...

What does God say? "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Cor 6: 9-11. Here is the good news - it is God’s desire that they be saved, that they be justified, that they be sanctified, that they be washed. And that homosexuality and that homosexual behavior be only part of their past so that it can be said of them, “Such were some of you.” What is our role then, Cynthia Bolbach's role as leader of the PCUSA? "We speak the truth about the sin in order that we might speak the truth about the Savior who forgives" (quote from John MacArthur). And God confirms our responsibility in Ezekiel 33.

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