Welcome visitors! Please be sure to read Whaling on false teachers in less than 5 minutes! for more background. God gave many lessons about the importance of sound doctrine. The false teachers that sent you here mock those passages. Eternity is a mighty long time, so don’t follow those fakes.
False teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie referred to this United Church of Christ (UCC) announcement in his comments on this post to justify his support for oxymoronic “same-sex marriage.” Read it to see why this denomination is apostate.
Theological and Biblical Foundations
The message of the Gospel is the lens through which the whole of scripture is to be interpreted.
Yes, but the UCC gets the Gospel wrong. The Gospel is that Jesus died for our sins and rose again and that by trusting in him we get forgiveness and eternal life (see 1 Corinthians 15). You won’t find that in this UCC gobbledygook.
Love and compassion, justice and peace are at the very core of the life and ministry of Jesus. It is a message that always bends toward inclusion.
Inclusion? Sure, but on what terms? Is everyone included even if they don’t repent and believe? No. Notice how they don’t mention anything about repentance. The only “sin” for them on this topic is not being pro-oxymoronic same-sex marriage.
The biblical story recounts the ways in which inclusion and welcome to God’s community is ever-expanding – from the story of Abraham and Sarah, to the inclusive ministry of Jesus, to the baptism of Cornelius, to the missionary journeys of Paul throughout the Greco- Roman world. The liberating work of the Spirit as witnessed in the activities of Jesus’ ministry has been to address the situations and structures of exclusion, injustice and oppression that diminish God’s people and keep them from realizing the full gift of human personhood in the context of human communion.
That’s odd, because Chuck and the UCC are pro-abortion. They deny the human personhood of the unborn. They won’t protect the unborn from being crushed and dismembered but shake their fists at God in support of perverting his ideal for marriage. But they care so much about “human personhood” that they must bless what God has called sinful?
The Bible is very clear:
- 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
- 100% of the verses referencing God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
- 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
- 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.
The biblical call to justice and compassion (to love one’s neighbor as one’s self) provides the mandate for marriage equality.
That is a non sequitur. Using that logic it would mandate “marriage equality” for humans and animals (see Leviticus 18 verses 22 and 23). Why doesn’t the UCC use their same logic to overturn v. 23 while they are at it?
Justice as right relationship seeks both personal and communal well being. It is embodied in interpersonal relationships and institutional structures, including marriage.
That is just gibberish.
Justice seeks to eliminate marginalization for reasons of race, gender, sexual orientation or economic status.
Only in their made up definition. And they beg the question about sexual orientation. The burden of proof is on them to prove that it is genetic (it isn’t) and that even if it was why that would trump the clear word of God.
The language of covenant is central to the message of scripture concerning relationships and community. Both in the message of the prophets and the teachings of Jesus, covenant relationships are important, taken seriously by God and are to be taken seriously by God’s people.
More non sequitur gibberish. They just throw the words justice, covenental, relationships, etc. as often as they can to make it sound good.
The overriding message of the Gospel is that God calls God’s people to live fully the gift of love in responsible, faithful, just, committed, covenantal relationships of trust that recognize and respect the image of God in all people. These Gospel values are at the core of the covenantal relationship that we call marriage.
They make up a definition of the Gospel and work from there.
It is essential to note that the Gospel values of covenant do not come from the practices of marriage, which change and evolve throughout the history of the biblical story.
Jesus reiterated the plan for marriage from Genesis: One man and one woman. God’s ideal did not evolve.
Indeed, it is not possible to rely exclusively on scripture for understanding marriage today. For example, biblical texts that encourage celibacy, forbid divorce, or requirewomen to be subservient to their husbands are not considered to be authoritative because they are primarily expressions of the cultural norms of the ancient Middle East.
That works if you deliberately misunderstand the text.
At the same time, there are also many biblical models for blessed relationships beyond one man and one woman. Indeed, scripture neither commends a single marriage model nor commands all to marry, but rather calls for love and justice in all relationships.
The Bible has no issue with friendships. It has zero examples of “blessed” homosexual behavior.
We recognize and affirm that the covenantal values that are essential to the Gospel are central to how we understand marriage in this time. We also recognize and affirm that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God, including people of all sexual orientations, and God has bestowed upon each one the gift of human sexuality.
Again, note that Chuck and the UCC offer no protections to the humans in the womb who are made in the likeness of God. They are pro-abortion.
And just because people are made in God’s image doesn’t mean they get a free pass on sinning.
Further, we recognize and affirm that, as created in God’s image and gifted by God with human sexuality, all people have the right to lead lives that express love, justice, mutuality, commitment, consent and pleasure.
They are just making things up as they go along.
Is God still speaking about marriage?
The overwhelming testimonies of countless couples, regardless of gender, throughout the United Church of Christ, and beyond, say, “Yes, God is still speaking.” Couples who have chosen to exchange covenantal vows attest to the blessing of God’s abundance and lifegiving power in their relationships.
The UCC slogan that “God is still speaking” is a tip-off This would be true provided that it meant that God still speaks through his Word. However, they use this phrase to mean that God is changing his moral laws — and oddly enough, He is only telling westerners in Liberal denominations!
These apostates don’t think God communicated his laws in a discernible way in the first place (i.e., in the Bible), but they now think He is communicating with Swiss-watch precision to them.
Through their committed relationships, many throughout the church – parents, siblings, children, friends and others – have witnessed the liberation of the gifts of God for service in the world.
Another non sequitur. Just because people have gifts doesn’t mean you need to sanction their rebellion against God.
Therefore, theologically and biblically, there is neither justification for denying any couple, regardless of gender, the blessings of the church nor for denying equal protection under the law in the granting of a civil marriage license, recognized and respected by all civil entities.
Actually there are many reasons. Again:
100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
100% of the verses referencing God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.Yes, God is still speaking through his word, and He is still warning people against bad theology and churches like the UCC.