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Michael Oh, CEO of the Lausanne Movement reminded Christians “the need for faithful biblical teaching and faithful biblical living.”
In the past few weeks, Ireland and the United States have legalised same-sex marriage, and some churches and denominations, including the United Protestant Church of Belgium and the Reformed and Lutheran Protestant Church in France have supported this, ordaining gay pastors and officiating same sex marriages.
In the midst of this debate, the Lausanne Movement has also warned about what its Cape Town Commitment describes as ‘disordered sexuality’, stating that these policies and decisions “have reminded us of the need for faithful biblical teaching and faithful biblical living.”
The Cape Town Commitment was published as a conclusion of the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation in 2010, and aimed to be “a statement of our conviction and call to action in global mission in the years ahead.”
The CEO of the Lausanne Movement, Michael Oh, has shared a relevant excerpt of that document, which represents the “best biblical thought and practical Christian response” to the hot topic of homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
This part of the commitment, is especially addressed to pastors and members of local churches.
“REJECT THE IDOLATRY OF DISORDED SEXUALITY”
The document emphasised the sacred nature of marriage as a reflection of “both Christ’s relationship with the Church, and also the unity of Jew and Gentile in the new humanity.”
It also warns against “the abuse and idolatry that surrounds disordered sexuality”, because it “contributes to wider social decline, including the breakdown of marriages and families and produces incalculable suffering of loneliness and exploitation”, it adds.
The Lausanne Movement document admits that this is “a serious issue within the Church itself”, and as Christians is important to live “according to the standards to which the Bible calls us”, so that we will be able to “challenge our surrounding cultures.”
A CALL TO ACTION
The statement encouraged pastors to:
But not only pastors can do something, the local church can also have a great impact, according to Lausanne Movement, if Christians commit themselves to:
You can read the whole Cape Town Commitment here.