PROCLAMATION ON SEXUAL PREFERENCE
As recognized leaders in the faith community:
We humbly apologize for any ill-will shown toward the homosexual or gender identity
community by anyone representing the body of Christ.
We condemn violence or hatred perpetrated against anyone based on their sexual preference.
We wish to affirm that all people are created in the image of God. Each person is valued deeply
by Him and created to know and love Him. Jesus died on the cross to demonstrate the depth of
his love for all people.
We believe that the church is a gathering of people who are all broken. This is why everyone is
welcomed in our churches.
We can see God’s design for sexuality from the very beginning of creation. The Bible declares
a universal and transcultural standard of sexuality in Genesis 2:24-25. Sexuality is celebrated
within the marriage of one man and one woman; this is the only kind of sexual relationship that
Homosexual activity (not temptation or preference) is explicitly prohibited as sin in multiple
passages in the Old and New Testament.
We do not have the right to change God's moral law to fit our sexual preferences.
We believe that when we admit our sin, the Lord is faithful to forgive. Whether it is gossip,
greed, violence, hatred, homosexual activity or heterosexual adultery, every last one of us
is guilty. Fortunately, our welcome before God is not based on our 'religion resume,’ or our
ability to live up to a moral code. It is based on what Jesus did on the cross to pay for our
wrongdoing. He forgives us and begins to change us from the inside out to become more like
him. This is the Good News for men and women, young and old, rich and poor, clergy and laity,
gay people and straight people alike.
Therefore, everyone is welcome to attend our churches. Together, we can discover God’s
forgiveness and the strength to live a life in obedience to his moral law.
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