As theological debates on sexuality and marriage become more and more central, many Christian denominations are being asked to clarify their views.
The Ibero-American Congress for Life and Family writes letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling to protect freedom of speech. The platform unites 600 representatives from 16 countries.
Gerardo Amarilla, Uruguayan MP and former President of the parliament, was one of the first evangelical Christians in his country in such a high political position. He speaks about the challenges and opportunities for Christians in politics.
A clause will protect ministers with a traditional biblical view of marriage. Gafcon reacts by appointing a “missionary bishop” for the UK.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is the only Nordic national church which doesn’t celebrate same-sex marriages. The Church Synod of the church discussed intensively about it in May.
The Romanian Parliament has approved an initiative, supported by three million people, to constitutionally define family as based on marriage between a man and a woman.
“We have always said it was never about the customer, it was about the message”, the McArthur family said. Judges state that refusing the order “was direct discrimination”. 9 out of 10 evangelical Christians support the family, says survey.
Across Western Europe and the US, those who hold to traditional Christian sexual ethics not only find themselves on the wrong side of popular opinion, but allegedly on the “wrong side of history” too.
The motion was passed by one vote. General Secretary admits: “We have a long road ahead to restore our common life”. The new policy cannot come into effect before 2020.
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow ministers to continue to serve if they are in a gay marriage.
More than 500 people participated in the convention of the National Union of Protestant Reformed Evangelical Churches (UNEPREF). Church planting, environmental care were also discussed.
111 United Methodist Church leaders in the USA come out as “Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning and Intersex” and sign a letter asking for full recognition just before the General Conference in Portland (Oregon).
Ahead of their appearance at the Court of Appeal, the Baking Company’s General Manager, Daniel MacArthur, said: “The gospel says that we are all sinners, and God is the great judge.”
The company organises its own “Family Day” while thousands support a traditional heterosexual definition of marriage in Rome. Ikea has actively supported LGBT demonstrations.
The Archbishop of Canterbury condemned all homophobic behaviour, and defended the Primates decision to suspend the Episcopal Church USA for 3 years.
“Unity is not only a vague feeling of nearness”, says Jaume Llenas (Spain). David Robertson (Scotland) believes Anglicans have other “unanswered questions”. Luc Olekhnovitch (France) sees similarities with debates in his country.
“The traditional doctrine of the church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union”, Primates say after crucial discussions.
The 12 bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran denomination backed the creation of a special liturgy for the marriage of same-sex couples. Roman Catholics and most independent evangelical churches keep defining marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman.
'We are a family. Our union is the fruit of love'.
One of the principles of Christianity is that the law must be obeyed, although we will see that there are a number of exceptions to this rule.
Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples in June after the legalisation of gay marriage in USA.
One thing I’ve noticed amongst the so-called ‘believers’ that support gay marriage in particular and homosexuality in general is that they seem to have very little respect for Holy Scripture.
Michael Oh, CEO of the Lausanne Movement reminded Christians “the need for faithful biblical teaching and faithful biblical living.”
CNEF director Clément Diedrichs tells Evangelical Focus: “The bad news became an opportunity to clarify who we are, the evangelical branch inside of Protestantism in France.”
The EPUB Synod’s decision is ambiguous, because no distinction is made between candidates that carry a same sex relationship and those who take celibacy vows.
LGBT groups use Ireland’s referendum to put pressure on the government. Pro-family activists ask politicians to protect traditional marriage.