For those of you who don't know, there was a major controversy recently over a United Church of Christ ad which the major networks rejected, advertising the church as "open and affirming" (i.e. pro-homosexual - one of my goals in life is to discuss highly sensitive political issues without resorting to the fallacy of emotional language). A post at Wesley Blog quotes the following statement from a UCC pastor, which was published in the Charlotte Observer (reg. required):
"What concerns me about the commercial is the implication that gays and lesbians attending UCC congregations can expect that their sexual desires and practices will be excused from examination under the light of Scripture. The ad's bold message is that because homosexuals have been excluded and victimized, we will offer a blanket indulgence.
No sinner should be excluded from hearing and responding to the gospel or from joining the journey of faith in Jesus Christ. But no area of life should be cordoned off from scrutiny. All sins must be exposed -- the sins of homosexuals and heterosexuals, of whites, blacks, Latinos and Asians, of the rich and the poor, of liberals and conservatives. Until every thought, word and deed is captive to Jesus Christ and the Word of God, no one gets an exemption from self-examination and repentance."
That's what I said. It's great to see that even in the more liberal denominations we have clergy who place a high value on remaining true to the Word.Posted by Kenny at December 16, 2004 2:52 PM
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