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The question is: Some faithful Christians believe that it is not a sin to be homosexual. I would like to know the line of reasoning and/or Scripture passages that they use as their basis. I can answer this from the perspective of a minister in the Swedenborgian Church of North America, a Christian denomination that does not regard homosexuality as a ...


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I'm fully aware that there are those who will fundamentally disagree with the Church on this point. However, I've attempted to present an objective account of the position the Church holds. The Church justifies it by saying that giving in to the temptation which the human condition provides, in defiance of the divine order which is present in male and female,...


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Hatred should not be shown towards anyone. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) The punishment of homosexuality Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (...


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The Catholic Church understands these verses in the context both of the rest of the chapter and of statements made about the responsibility of public authorities in the rest of the Bible. The New American Bible, Revised Edition, reads for Romans 13:1–2: Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and ...


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Typically, proponents of this view would say something like the attraction is an indication of sin that is already present. They do not believe the attraction is inherent within that person, but rather is the effect of other sins. To support this they would often quote Romans 1. 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the ...


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Pope Francis means that those with same-sex attraction who refuse to act on their impulses for the sake of the Kingdom should not be judged. Those with heterosexual attraction often judge a homosexual attracted person based on his or her feelings he/she cannot control, even if the person doesn't act on them. Pope Francis is saying that we shouldn't condemn ...


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There is an implicit suggestion in your question that ordained clergy should not be associating with sinners in this question. Theologically, that implicit suggestion is nearly impossible to square with the example of Jesus. As one example of many, consider Mark 2: 15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were ...


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In your question you seem to have overlooked two very important points 1st Samuel 18:1 KJV And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and *Jonathan loved him as his own soul. * In the "soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David" the important point here is the ...


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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) elected an openly gay bishop earlier this year. On their website, they claim to "hold to the basic principles of Luther’s theological teachings, such as Grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone."


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From the Catholic perspective, the universal teaching is that all persons are called by God to chastity, which is understood as a successful integration, inner unity and rational expression of human sexuality, both within the person as well as in interpersonal relationships (CCC 2337). The Church helps sinners in a variety of states of life—including those ...


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What is the official Catholic position on same-sex marriage and same-sex civil partnerships? Let us keep in perspective that the words of Pope Francis were spoken when he was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires (Argentina)! The words quoted from Pope Francis do not change what Catholics believe about the Catholic position on same-sex marriage ...


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I have not read Boswell's book, but I have found a number of reviews of it online (1 2 3). Based on the reviews, Boswell's argument seems to be threefold. Marriage First, he points out that the definition of marriage has changed over the centuries. Even today there are different kinds of marriage. A couple can get a civil marriage (performed by a judge) or a ...


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The article the original poster referenced itself has a link that explains reasons why Pope Francis may have decided to concelebrate Mass with Fr. De Paolis and kiss his hand. For the benefit of readers, here is a summary of the analysis offered by this article: Possibility #1: Pope Francis did not know about De Paolis’ pro-gay activism In the first place, ...


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As mentioned by @ChrisSunami above, the Episcopal Church is the largest. There is also the Evangelical Lutherans, the United Churches of Christ, and the Metropolitan Community Churches. Then there are individual congregations that affirm LGBTs within the United Methodist Church, the Brethren, the Quakers, the American Baptists, and the Presbyterians. Then ...


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I see that this question has already accepted an answer, but the comments suggest that some concerns still remain, so I'll attempt to provide an answer that fills in these gaps. I would think that most Christians agree that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. The disagreement concerns what is considered to be loving. This would to come down to a ...


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Is it possible to receive the full effects of the Catholic Spiritual Communion if one is being distanced from the Communion due to being gay? That will depend on the interior disposition of the individual at that time! How to benefit from the in the fullest sense from making a Spiritual Communion. When Catholics are properly disposed to receive Our Lord ...


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There are many interpretations of the so-called clobber passages that are LGBT-affirming. I will give just one set of interpretations of these passages below: The story of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19) is about gang rape, not about monogamous same sex relationships. The 2 verses in Leviticus (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13) seem to be in the context of Molech ...


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There is a document issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education (which oversees among other thing the seminary formation of priests) issued in 2005 that goes into detail about policies for admitting those with homosexual tendencies to the priesthood: it has the rather long title Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with ...


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I think the clearest thing I've seen said on this was a statement by Elder Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (statement starts close to minute 9) in a press conference in January, 2015: We have members, individual members in the Church with a variety of different opinions and beliefs and positions on these issues and other issues, reflect ...


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Short Answer Strictly speaking, the Church is as against sex among the non-married heterosexuals as it is against sex among non-married homosexuals. By teaching, the Church only accepts as correct sex between a man and a woman who are a married couple. All other sex is considered fornication, adultery, or a variety of other disordered acts. (Offenses ...


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There's really nothing comparable between the two issues: no one thinks that being a woman is sinful, but many Christian denominations think that all sex outside of heterosexual marriage is sinful. When we look the passages which give the criteria for church leaders such as 1 Timothy 3 we see several distinct criteria: being above reproach a husband of one ...


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The specific Biblical reason that homosexuality is sin is that the Bible tells us that God specifically created woman to be man's mate. That is specifically God's plan and desire. Sin is anything that violates God's will or command. God's will is for man and woman to be joined together as mates, not for man and man or woman and woman to join. God created men ...


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Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37–40). We will never love our neighbour as ourselves if we do not first ...


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Your question is quite a basic one so let me try to cover some basic principles. First, the question of being "with or against" LGBT is seriously oversimplifying the situation. There is much more to this than simply "is homosexuality good or bad?" The Catholic church's position is and has been that homosexual sex acts and same-sex marriage are contrary to ...


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Jesus gave the only example of unforgivable sin : the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Therefore if a self-confessed Christian defines anything else (other than that specific blasphemy) as 'sin' they automatically define that behaviour, conduct or activity as 'forgivable', by very definition. But then they also define it as something not to be ...


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The question here is what is the biblical basis that God does NOT create homosexual people as homosexuals. It is understandable that homosexuals might feel they were created that way because the Bible says that they are under a compulsion that is a result of a judicial act of God. They misunderstand this compulsion as something that they were born with as ...


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As far as I know, the Catholic Church hasn't made any statement about the origins of homosexuality. The best way to understand this perspective of homosexuality as a "disorder" is as a mental or emotional disorder. To be clear, the Catholic Church hasn't actually called it that, but that is similar to how it has been described, both in your quoted material ...


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Boswell was the first to make the case that adelphopoiesis was a form of civil union, but his study has been subject to harsh criticism since it's publication as a work that attempts to re-write history by making claims that the practice of adelphopoiesis was homosexual in nature. Adelphopoiesis (from the Greek: ἀδελφοποίησις, derived from ἀδελφός (...


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