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Area religious leaders divided on same-sex unions

April 6, 2013

Local religious leaders remain divided on whether couples of the same sex should be allowed to marry....

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Apr-06-13 3:57 AM

"Because God chose fallen, broken human beings to be the conduits of his message of grace and love, we can therefore see evidence of what I call 'human fingerprints' on the scriptures," Reeder said. "When we understand that, we can begin to understand how scriptural prohibitions against homosexuality are as irrelevant today as scriptural prohibitions against eating shellfish, mixing fabrics, or women speaking in church."

How perfectly stated! And I agree 100%.

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Apr-06-13 5:31 AM

Agreed. The od I know includes rather than excludes.

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Apr-06-13 5:31 AM

ooops.. *God

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Apr-06-13 8:11 AM

Maybe the Reverends could give sermons on some of those New Testament scriptures like: 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9.

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Apr-06-13 9:44 AM

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God created man and woman because man should not be alone. He didn't create Adam/Bob He created the union of marriage between Adam and Eve. A sheperd of the Gospel should know this and preach it; that is what God's inerrant Word says. If this country would get back to the Truth and live accordingly, we wouldn't be in so much trouble.

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Apr-06-13 10:01 AM

Exactly Totex. I don't know how a Pastor can claim that the New Testament is silent on the issue of Homosexuality.

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Apr-06-13 10:22 AM

"" Agreed. The god I know includes rather than excludes. ""

Are you implying that when God includes forgiveing a murder, rapist, child molester, that god approves of murder, rape, and child molesting..??

I don't think so.

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Apr-06-13 3:54 PM

I doubt the "religions" that support "gay" marriage will be around too long. It's difficult to maintain a congregation when the members are incapable of reproducing.

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Apr-06-13 6:48 PM

Suggest that you google "Coalition of African American Pastors" and go to their website to see another pastoral view.

Interesting comments on comparison of gay marriage to the black civil rights movement.

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Apr-06-13 7:34 PM

Pitt2philly...what a ridiculous statement! Gays can be from very large families and we have kids!

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Apr-06-13 9:56 PM

ToTexas... If Paul's first letter to Timothy is so relevant to your judgement of homosexuality, perhaps YOU could preach a sermon on 1 Timothy 2:9ff, how Paul says that women should not braid their hair or wear any gold or jewels, that they should "keep silent" and "not teach." Are those instructions from Paul in the very same letter as relevant to you as 1 Tim 8-11? Or do you just proof text in support of your bigotry and leave the rest out? Do you speak out as strongly against every woman you see with braided hair and a gold bracelet? I doubt it. You probably just use the Bible selectively to prop up your own prejudices. That' my guess.

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Apr-07-13 1:02 AM


1Tim writes about women's appearance on several items like appropriate clothing, hair, jewelry, etc during worship. Several of the reasons could be that they shouldn't be dressing to 1. draw all the attention to themselves as opposed to worship focusing on God, 2. attract other husbands to look at them excessively/lustfully, or 3. in a manner that might make poorer women feel jealous or inferior.

Jewelry wasn't as common back then as it is now. Also advanced hair styling is much more common nowadays. Some of what is customary in this modern culture, time and certain geographic areas in the world wouldn't cause the jealousy, lust, or other situations above to be as much of an issue during worship. Conversely, it wouldn't be appropriate to dress this way in some poorer areas in the world where it is not customary. Probably a bigger issue nowadays is how much skin is showing.

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Apr-07-13 1:24 AM

Whether stealing, murder, adultery, coveting, or other sins, God offers forgiveness and salvation to those that accept it.

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Apr-07-13 9:07 PM

"There is concern from some that any national decision approving gay marriage might affect what can be said in church for those who do not approve the practice." The same thing was said for decades regarding race relations. I don't hear any pastors clamoring to renew that issue.

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Apr-09-13 7:17 AM

You're arguing over what a book of fairy tales says?! How bout this, Jimmy cracked corn, and I don't care. It's none of my business what two gay ppl want to do. If they want to get married, have at it.

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Apr-09-13 11:53 AM

ToTexas: that's my point entirely... you go to great lengths to explain away the parts of scripture that you think don't apply to today's world, but you refuse to look at the homosexuality issue through the same historical and cultural lenses. If you like to wear gold bracelets and braid your hair, those verses don't apply. You don't like homosexuality, those verses do apply.

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