Fla. megachurch requiring members agree to statement affirming biblical definition of marriage

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Christian Post: Florida megachurch is requiring members to sign in agreement with a statement defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman and stating there are only two biological genders.

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville has garnered controversy in recent days for its new statement of “biblical sexuality,” which reads as follows:

“As a member of First Baptist Church, I believe that God creates people in his image as either male or female, and that this creation is a fixed matter of human biology, not individual choice. I believe marriage is instituted by God, not government, is between one man and one woman, and is the only context for sexual desire and expression.”

First Baptist Senior Pastor Heath Lambert told The Christian Post Friday that church leadership had “been considering such a statement for a while,” believing that “now was the right time to have a clear statement on these controversial issues.”

“Our church is in a strong and stable place. We are not in conflict on these issues, and we do not want to be. So, we wanted to clarify our position now,” said Lambert.

The new requirement for membership “was a decision made by our entire congregation,” Lambert said.

“It had the unanimous support of our pastors and all of our lay leadership,” the pastor added.

“The church approved this unanimously,” he continued. “That means, by definition, that our entire church stands behind this. I have heard of a few people who have said they are leaving our church, but our church as a whole is excited about the statement and supportive of it.” Read More …

Opinion: The beginning:

The United Church of Christ has allowed same-sex couples to get married since 2005.

The Episcopal Church established a rite of blessing for same-sex couples in 2012 and prohibited discrimination against transgender people.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted in 2015 to redefine marriage as “a commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman,” formally allowing same-sex marriages within the church.

Obama Evolved:

CNN, May 9, 2012

Obama announces he supports same-sex marriage

Francis acknowledged that Catholic bishops in some parts of the world support laws that criminalize homosexuality or discriminate against LGBTQ people, and he himself referred to the issue in terms of “sin.” But he attributed such attitudes to cultural backgrounds, and said bishops in particular need to undergo a process of change to recognize the dignity of everyone. Francis’ comments, which were hailed by gay rights advocates as a milestone, are the first uttered by a pope about such laws. But they are also consistent with his overall approach to LGBTQ people and belief that the Catholic Church should welcome everyone and not discriminate.

Pop quiz:

What does the Bible say about same-sex marriage?

  1. It is up to church authorities to approve or disapprove
  2. Same-sex marriage is not mentioned in the Bible
  3. Same-sex marriage is against Biblical teaching in both the Old and New Testaments

The rhetorical question above is answered in the Old Testament …

Genesis 2:4 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”

Genesis 5:2 “He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.”

Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”

… and it is answered in the New Testament:

Romans 1:26-27 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

The First Baptist Church of Jacksonville took a stand for God’s word. Who’s next?

2 COMMENTS

  1. I need to make a correction,my statement was to be he needs to do what the Lord said and stand against this, forgive me I have bad hands it’s hard for me to type and this is a new phone I am still learning it.

  2. May father God in the name of Jesus the name above all names bless exceedingly the first Baptist Church of Jacksonville Florida and I charge all other churches in our nation and throughout the world to adhere to what father God said he said it and that settles it as far as Pope Francis is concerned has he even read the Bible if he has then he’s purposely omitting what God has said about such things and that would make him a heretic an apostate and he needs to do what the Lord said and stand against us and it is a crime homosexuality has been condemned as an abomination before the Lord people need to understand this the Lord has spoken
    Not only that Pope Francis omitting this is helping to condemn people to the lake of fire where there is no possibility of Mercy reprieve or parole he needs to stop doing unholy teachings

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