Will Mennonites Make Space to Welcome Sin?

150 appeal on behalf of sexual minorities in MC USA
By Tim Huber
Mennonite World Review

One hundred fifty Mennonite Church USA pastors and others credentialed for ministry have signed a letter calling on denominational leaders to “change church policies” to “make space for congregations and pastors who welcome and bless” gay and lesbian Christians and other sexual minorities.

The letter was sent Jan. 24 to MC USA Executive Board members, conference ministers and other leaders.

Letter organizers stated in a news release it is the “biggest collection of Mennonite pastors and credentialed leaders to affirm equal treatment for those in same-sex relationships.”

The letter asks for an end to the discipline of pastors and congregations that dissent from MC USA’s teaching position that homosexual practice is a sin.

The teaching position is based on the MC USA Confession of Faith, which states that “God intends marriage to be a covenant between one man and one woman for life,” and by denominational statements from the 1980s that define “homosexual, extramarital and premarital sexual activity as sin.”

More here:

http://www.mennoworld.org/2014/2/3/150-appeal-behalf-sexual-minorities/

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4 thoughts on “Will Mennonites Make Space to Welcome Sin?

  1. More foolishness from the heart and mind of fallen man rather than the clear declaration of God’s Word.
    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
    God’s Word is clear, homosexuals, those who practice same gender sex, will not inherit the kingdom of God. They are lost and condemned to hell. It doesn’t matter what any religious person says. Those who contradict God’s Word are liars and are rejected by God. The “church” is afloat in the sea of apostasy.
    God bless you:)

    • Yes…however…thankfully…such were some of you…but if the churches continue to say it’s okay to do these things and still be a Christian…they are condemning people to a lost eternity. Repent before it’s too late.

  2. ” The letter asks for an end to the discipline of pastors and congregations that dissent from MC USA’s teaching position…”

    The MC USA disciplines any church/pastor that disagreed with them on this? That claim is the most shocking part of this post to me!

    I mean, I could understand if a church did something BAD like taught Calvinism or Young Earth Creationism, but this? I didn’t know the MC USA had any cajones left whatsoever.

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