Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Church Statement on Human Sexuality: Homosexuality and Same-Sex "Marriage"

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...I love being a part of the EFCA.  And one of the biggest reasons is that our leaders are not afraid to tackle difficult issues with confidence that God's Word will speak to them and that God's people can grow in their theological acumen and ability to apply the truth to the hard topics of life.

Back in January, our EFCA Theology Conference was "Sex Matters" on human sexuality with an emphasis on homosexuality, a topic that demands clear thinking these days. I highly recommend listening to the audio from that conference. I learned a lot.

Now, here in May, the EFCA's Spiritual Heritage Committee has produced a very helpful document entitled "A Church Statement on Human Sexuality: Homosexuality and Same-Sex 'Marriage' A Resource for EFCA Churches."

Authors Bill Jones, Bill Kynes, Ernie Manges, David Martin and Greg Strand have crafted a careful piece that outlines the context in which they speak, a list of affirmations and their implications, suggestions for a local church policy, and issues to be addressed. There is also a well-informed bibliography in the back.

The document is biblical, theological, practical, thoughtful, compassionate, and wise.

I'm glad to be a part of a family of churches that encourages this kind of careful thinking and I recommend it to you.