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-Evangelical Church in Tennessee Comes Out For Same-Sex Marriage

by Dr. D ~ February 2nd, 2015

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And so it begins…a major evangelical church in Franklin, Tennessee (Nashville area) has now come out in support of Same-Sex marriage and in addition will now allow homosexuals to participate in leadership and worship positions.  It has already become a national ‘cause célèbre’ with a report of the change coming in Time:

Three Sundays ago in Franklin, Tenn., twenty minutes south of Nashville and in the heart of the country’s contemporary Christian music industry, pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church preached what was perhaps the most important sermon of his life.

…For the past three years, GracePointe has engaged itself in a time of listening on the topic of sexual orientation and identity. It began around the time that the country star Carrie Underwood, who goes to GracePointe, spoke out in favor of marriage equality in 2012, …

That was a time when, as Mitchell, 46, explains, the position of the church on marriage was classically evangelical. People who were not heterosexual could be members, but they could not serve on the board, lead worship or other church groups. They could be baptized and receive communion, but they could not be married or have their children dedicated.

For congregants on all sides of the debate, the conversation over the past three years has been at times painful, even devastating.

Read the who;le article and also the article about the change in the Christian Post.

Response: And so it begins. Several times last year I stated that before long every evangelical church and denomination in America would be forced to choose and make a decision about homosexuality, same-sex marriage and the Bible.

Notice that in the Time article Pastor Mitchell preaches in support of the change, which is obviously against traditional Biblical teaching, by using a Bible story implying that to fully see and understand Jesus one must go beyond the written word. Which is true of course, but one can argue with him on whether such an ‘epiphany’  would ever conflict with the scriptures.

GracePointe Church is a well known and respected independent evangelical church and it is only the first among many prominent churches who will have to choose between the Bible and the changing American culture. The Presbyterian Church (USA) came out last year and was the closest thing to an evangelical denomination among the mainline churches to make a change in favor of same-sex marriage and homosexual leaders. At the same time, it was rejected in the United Methodist denomination which continues to have a huge conservative EV representation in the Bible belt.

Look for dozens of major evangelical churches to make the leap this year particularly those who have prominent members who are part of the entertainment industry. In fact, the dam may soon break with so many coming out in favor of change that those EV churches who are left maintaining a traditional Biblical stance may be viewed as being ‘on the wrong side of history’ even in some ‘Christian’ circles. As a consequence, Bible churches could increasingly be marginalized and maybe even discriminated against in the near future unless there is a major revival.             *Top

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