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Apostacy and Betrayal

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Posted June 26, 2013

Screenshot20130626at122318PMEpiscopalean Church splits over gay rights

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In the past five years, the Episcopal Church has found itself pushed to the forefront of the culture wars. After Gene Robinson, an openly gay man with a longterm partner, was elected Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, Anglican bishops from all over the world quickly decried the move. Conservative congregations in the US and Canada left the national churches. Some aligned themselves with the Anglican Church of Nigeria and its outspoken leader, Archbishop Peter Akinola.
Posted June 26, 2013

Screenshot20130626at124416PMPresbyterian Church splits over gay rights

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More than 200 Presbyterian congregations nationwide have been torn asunder over the Presbyterian Church USA's new rules and the ordination of its first gay minister.The rift has resulted in lawsuits, sold churches, broken friendships and scattered congregations. The Presbyterian Church, with roughly 3 million congregants across the country, has attracted independent thinkers dating back to 16th-century followers of John Calvin, a leader of the Protestant Reformation, Wilkins said. Five Presbyterians signed the Declaration of Independence.
Posted June 26, 2013

Screenshot20130626at10015PMMethodist Church splits over gay rights

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In June, the Blaze reported that a growing roster of pastors in the United Methodist Church (UMC) are no longer willing to stand for the denomination’s ban on gay marriage. In fact, these rogue Methodist clergy have been pledging to defy the church and officiate same-sex marriages (some already have been active in doing so), despite the potential for church discipline. With the passage of gay marriage in New York and with numerous other states — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C. (commonwealth) — allowing homosexuals to wed, the angst over this ban seems to be increasing among various clergy members.
Posted June 26, 2013

Screenshot20130626at11131PMAmerican Baptists splits over gay rights

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The American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest severed ties with the national denomination on Thursday, concluding a yearlong battle over the theological interpretation of homosexuality. The Board of Directors of the Pacific Southwest voted unanimously to confirm a late April decision by delegates from the region’s 300 churches to withdraw from the American Baptists Church, USA. As in other historic mainline denominations, divisions over homosexuality have threatened the unity of 1.4 million-member American Baptists for years.
Posted June 26, 2013

Screenshot20130626at71027PMLutherans splits over gay rights

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The ordination of gay clergy continues to create tension within Christian denominations in America. The Presbyterian Church (USA), United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church and the American Baptist Church USA have experienced tremendous internal discord over the issue. But perhaps the most dynamic schism today involving gay ordination is within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Last month, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs publicly announced it had left the ELCA. Bethel Lutheran and Faith Lutheran have also quit the denomination.
Posted June 26, 2013

Screenshot20130626at73416PM1Tension among Southern Baptists over gay rights

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Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said one of the most interesting things from a Christian perspective is how churches lined up on opposite sides of the issue. “The issue of homosexuality is one of those that demonstrates the great divide between liberals and conservatives when it comes not only to theology but in particular to the interpretation of Scripture,” Mohler said in a podcast commentary May 9. “Liberals are able to turn to the scriptures and find a way out of the very clear biblical teachings that make clear that all forms of homosexual behavior are sinful,” Mohler said. “In North Carolina there were many Christians who were surprised by the churches that took such an aggressively liberal stance.”
Posted June 26, 2013

Screenshot20130626at82935PMGay Underground at Biola University

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LA MIRADA, Calif. On the same day President Obama became the first U.S. president to come out in support of same-sex marriage, a group of students announced the presence of the "Biola Queer Underground" at this small evangelical university, touching off a highly-charged debate about Christianity and homosexuality. The group launched a website and posted flyers around the Biola University campus May 9 with the following message: "We want to bring to light the presence of the LGBTQ community at Biola.
Posted June 26, 2013

Screenshot20130626at73416PM1aTension among Southern Baptists over gay rights

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Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said one of the most interesting things from a Christian perspective is how churches lined up on opposite sides of the issue. “The issue of homosexuality is one of those that demonstrates the great divide between liberals and conservatives when it comes not only to theology but in particular to the interpretation of Scripture,” Mohler said in a podcast commentary May 9. “Liberals are able to turn to the scriptures and find a way out of the very clear biblical teachings that make clear that all forms of homosexual behavior are sinful,” Mohler said. “In North Carolina there were many Christians who were surprised by the churches that took such an aggressively liberal stance.”
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