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In the Netherlands within the Protestant Church congregations (except the conservative or strict ones) the conformation with socially and worldly accepted opinion on homofily is widely spread. There are even gay reverends. Many believers subscribe the non biblical opinion that the love of Christ will justify the act of two persons of the same sexe living together as husband and wife and sometimes even suggest that those passages in the Bible handling about homofily, are culturally determined and thus oldfashioned and outdated. It is not seen as sinful anymore. For most non believers and a very great minority of believers homofily is socially accepted but not always full hearted. So in the churches it is a great struggle, also because there are a lot of church abandoners. In order to win back lost terrain, there is a tendency to act socially accepted. But this goes on the expense of losing the Biblical foundations and the great risc of becoming a false church. In the Netherlands the number of active believers as well as in Protestant and Roman Catholic churches is decreasing increasingly fast. The numbers of closed down churches are increasing every month. I don't know how this is in the States, but the Netherlands are secularizing at a great pace. With all consequences...
Veritas Cafe wrote: Frank you are right,.. you cannot ignore the tenets and responsibilities of the faith and then claim the benefits. I think the core issue is two fold. One,... is the person a believer,... repenting of all sin. Two,... are they growing more Christlike. I know that that is not easy to pin down, but they are essential. Some would make the distinction with behavior and thought, but Jesus tells us that if we lust, we have committed adultery. So again it comes down to has Jesus claimed you and as Romans 8 talks about pardoned your sin. Then are you walking toward or away from your sin. Are you repentant or justifying it? Finally, we cannot and dare not try to tell a HOLY GOD what he meant. He said that having relations with the same sex is sin. There is no appeal. If Christians end up in the 1% with God on this, we are still in the MAJORITY. Truth does not change due to popular opinion. That being said, we must have compassion and love toward those who are struggling to follow Jesus with this attraction, it must be an immense and confusing burden. Pray for them!
I agree on that. Those people are sinners, just like you and me, and burdened with a huge load. But also for them is grace. Keep in mind that we all have our own full backpacks..