Responses flood in …

The Church of England Newspaper has had a flood of responses, both positive and negative to our article “Towards a Theology of Gay Marriage?” (4th March 2011)

Over the last two weeks it has published ten letters of which six were positive and four were negative.

You can read all the letters by following the link on the Press page of our website.

Here are a few extracts (negative and positive) to whet your appetite …

Sir, I do hope your contributor, Benny Hazlehurst (March 4), realises the lid is now well and truly off of Pandora’s box… it is surely a false compassion that encourages such practices that are contrary, not only to God’s revealed will, but questionable in the area of bodily health? …

We are in an ideological struggle with this Going Against Yahweh (GAY) sexuality as part of revolutionary unbelief’s pagan legacy… Rather than driving forward the pro-GAY antifamily agenda and promoting further confusion our Church leaders and the government would do well to uphold the Christian religion and its civil consequences…

 “I was intrigued at the use of Holy Scripture to justify the position of the author. Genesis 2:24 is clear, ‘Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.’ This portion of God’s word is so clear as to need no explanation…

I find it difficult to comprehend the rigidity of thinking which regards the desire of two gay people to publicly express, before God, a lifelong commitment to each other as anything other than a cause for celebration…

I hope your readers will also find time to study this topic of ‘Gay marriage’ by talking to its supporters rather than just hiding behind barricades of ‘The Bible says..’ and by analysing the deeper issues raised by the article – of love, relationship and respect for humanity in all its God-given diversity…

Most of us yearn for the right person to make us complete. This longing is as strong in homosexuals as anyone else. I think it is time for the Church to applaud, respect and honour the love and commitment that two same-sex people have for one another and to bless that love and commitment. In so doing, we would not be ignoring scripture but recognising that all human love is a deep and God-given gift…

Just as we now wonder that there was a time when slavery was justified on the basis of scripture, so will a day arrive when evolved Christians will wonder that scripture was once used to condemn and demonise others on the basis of aspects of innate identity such as gender or sexuality…

To read the letters in full follow this link. Let us know your reactions…

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  1. I’m glad it prevoked response, particularly for the training ordinand – the people who will go out to congregations soon with a different, more open mindset as a result of some thinking. Good stuff.

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