Uniting Church of Australia consents to same-sex marriages at its premises
The Methodist church of old stood for both rationality and a serious study of the scriptures. When they combined with the more wishy-washy end of the Presbyterians to form the Uniting Church, however, the desire for compromise seems to have led to the whole of the new denomination suddenly becoming spineless. I am pleased that the congregation of my old Presbyterian church stood outside the union
And attitude to homosexuality is the litmus test of whether a church is still a Christian church or not. The Bible is crystal clear on homosexuality. It is an abomination. See Jude 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; Mark 10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Leviticus 18:32; Leviticus 20:13. There is ZERO wriggle-room in the scriptures for any expression of approval for homosexuality. You are for the Bible or not. "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth" (Matthew 12:30).
But the Bible is the source of Christianity so rejecting it is rejecting Christianity. So the Uniting "church" may be many things but it is not Christian, nor are its adherents Christians. They are pretend Christians, disciples of the Devil.
I wonder if there are some Bible-loving congregations among the Methodists who might break with their "church" and join the continuing Presbyterians. Such independence of mind would be very Presbyterian and they would be welcomed
SAME-SEX couples wanting to get hitched in a church can now breathe a sigh of relief. This is because the Uniting Church of Australia has finally given the green light for such unions to take place inside its premises.
The church will now have two equal yet distinct views on marriage to show the “diversity of Christian belief” among its members after the denomination’s national body met on Friday night in Melbourne’s southeast.
Members of the church’s national decision-making body agreed to adopt a second statement during a seven-day triennial assembly at Box Hill Town Hall.
“Marriage for Christians is the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of two people to live together for life,” the new additional statement reads.
Under the new ruling, ministers will be allowed to conduct — or refuse to conduct — same-sex marriages.
The existing belief statement reads: “Marriage for Christians is the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of a man and a woman to live together for life.”
Uniting Church president Deidre Palmer said the decision came after years of reflection, prayer and discernment, thanking members for their response to “a difficult conversation for many people of faith”.
“I know that this conversation is painful and difficult for you,” Dr Palmer said while addressing LGBTIQ church members.
“We also acknowledge those who for whatever reason have not been able to support this change — and your pain and difficulty in this space. “Please rest assured that your rights to follow your beliefs on marriage will be respected and protected.
“I thank you all for modelling a loving Christian community, holding together and caring for each other, across our diversity of strongly and faithfully held views.”
Same-sex marriages in the church are expected to start taking place in coming months.