Sexual Ethics

Liberal UMC leaders promise ‘wide variety of resistance tactics’ against Church position on LGBT issues

"Church of the Resurrection of Leawood, Kansas, the largest UMC congregation in the United States, hosted a gathering of about 600 pro-LGBT United Methodists called 'UMC Next' this week." - Christian Post

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Meet the Bold Sexologist Questioning Transgender Orthodoxy

“On May 11, after he posted a clinically informed opinion on transgenderism in response to a direct question, [Ray] Blanchard’s Twitter account was suspended for violating its ‘Hateful Conduct’ policy. His account was later reinstated, and Twitter apologized for this ’error.’ (Others have been less lucky.) Here, Blanchard expands on the content of his offending Twitter thread and discusses transgenderism with National Review’s Madeleine Kearns.”

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A Liberal Law Professor Explains Why the Equality Act Would ‘Crush’ Religious Dissenters

The act “says that [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] does not apply to any claim under the Equality Act....This is not a good-faith attempt to reconcile competing interests. It is an attempt by one side to grab all the disputed territory and to crush the other side.” - National Review

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Report: "The ordination process of Southern Baptist churches is a weak spot when it comes to protecting congregations from sexual predators"

"The report, 'Above Reproach: A Study of the Ordination Practices of SBC Churches,' was conducted by Jason A. Lowe, an associational mission strategist in Kentucky, in response to a Feb. 10 Houston Chronicle report on sexual abuse among Southern Baptist churches." - BPNews

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California Installs New Sex Education Guidelines That Teach 5-Year-Olds about Transgenderism

"The California Department of Education has been praised by the LGBT community for approving new education guidelines that discuss the issue of gender fluidity with kids as young as five." - Christian Headlines

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The Bible and "Gay Christians"—Are We Sending the Right Message?

Debate over whether there can be such a thing as a “gay Christian” has raged for a while now, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Much of the conflict is over deeply incompatible views on the authority of Scripture, and the right basic approach to interpreting it. Some of the conflict, though, might not be necessary at all—because it arises from a combination of unclear language and slightly (but consequentially) faulty interpretation.

If we could clear some of this up, we’ll relate the Bible better to the times we live in and—as much as possible—avoid sending the wrong message. Three principles may help.

1. Scripture doesn’t condemn anyone for an “orientation.”

The currently popular idea of sexual orientation as a person’s unalterable sexual wiring has no equivalent in Scripture. Many of us doubt that orientation, in this sense, is even a thing. That aside, what’s clear is that the Bible nowhere judges anyone for unbidden feelings of attraction toward those of their own sex rather than (or in addition to) those of the opposite sex.

Some passages may seem to do that.

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