In the latest of its #TVCStories series of testimonies from church members, The Village Church's Cymone Lonon recounts her same-sex relationship and the emptiness she felt being away from the church.
Beginning with a prayer, Lonon thanked Jesus for "loving her more than she ever could or ever would." She recounts the examples of relationships within her family, which were not strong nor a good example of unfailing love. "My whole life I watched my grandparents sleep in separate rooms," Lonon shared on the church's website. "My father cheated on my mother and left our family before I was born. My aunt fled her abusive husband. At the mere age of 18, my brother felt he was doing the right thing by marrying the mother of his child, only to find out his now ex-wife was pregnant with another man's child three months after their wedding."
Lonon states that she never knew true love, and accepted what she thought it was, based on the first person who gave it to her, which happened to be a woman. She says she exchanged the truth of God's word for lies, and loved the creature rather than the creator. Lonon began to distance herself from her friends and family as she sunk deeper in with the young woman she was dating. more >>
(You all know how much I don't like the term "Ex-Gay", but for the sake of not having a super long title, and since it's the most recognized term for people like me, I've chosen to use it here. Please don't assume that by using that term I mean that I have ceased to experience same sex attraction or have experienced any kind of sexual "re-orientation.")
With the ever quickening shift of our culture away from a moral/biblical view toward sexuality, I think there is a very real temptation for some Christians, especially in the American Church, to shift alongside the culture and adopt a different (unbiblical) view of sexuality…or just to sit back and remain silent about it. And I don't think my concern is unwarranted, because it's already happening. I'm not going to call out any names, ministries, or church denominations in this blog—-I don't wish to give them any more publicity than they have already attained.
What I do want to do with this blog is urge every Christian that stumbles upon it not to compromise the gospel for the sake of social acceptance—or for the sake of anything else for that matter. Do not listen to the voices out there demanding your silence in the name of what they call "tolerance." Do not reject, or even subtly neglect, the truths in the Bible–such as truths about the sin of homosexual behavior–just because they are hard for the world to hear and accept. Don't listen to the professing "Christians" telling you the Church has misinterpreted the Scriptures for 2,000 years and that the Bible really does not condemn homosexual behavior. And please, do not throw out the truth of God because you hear of gay kids being bullied or committing suicide—these stories are horrifyingly sad—but the condemn-able sins of the bullies do not make homosexual behavior any less of a sin. We should all (regardless of religious affiliation) be deeply troubled about kids being bullied for being gay (or weird, quirky, ugly, etc. for that matter) and do all we can to combat it, but denying the revealed truth about God regarding homosexuality cannot be an option for the Christian. more >>
My name is Jennifer Johnson and I am the Director of Outreach at the Ruth Institute. Since you linked to an important document created by my organization in your post titled, Conservatives Can't Be Pro-Marriage and Oppose Gay Marriage, I would like to respond to you.
You said that you haven't found a conservative to "give you a satisfactory answer" as to "how gay marriage tangibly undermines traditional marriage arrangements." That's unfortunate, and I'm not very surprised. However, this kind of answer is the kind of answer we specialize in here at the Ruth Institute (which by the way is no longer part of NOM). more >>
The advocacy group "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" responded to recent criticism from Christians arguing against the recognition of same-sex marriage by saying supporters of EME are not compromising Christian beliefs and are instead focused specifically on gay unions receiving the same government recognition and rights as traditional married couples do.
"We've been very clear in our Statement of Belief that it's not our intent to water down our faith or compromise our deeply-held Christian beliefs," EME spokesman Brandan Robertson told The Christian Post. "That's why we've focused specifically on government recognition of same-sex relationships — bestowing the same rights (e.g. hospital visitation, funeral preparation) and tax treatments on a committed same-sex relationship as we do on opposite sex relationships."
Asked to respond to an op-ed by Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, in which he wrote that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages, Robertson said Walker was misinformed. more >>
The willingness of religious congregations to accept gays and lesbians as members, and even volunteer leaders, increased significantly between 2006 and 2012, except in the case of Catholic churches, a new study shows.
The overall acceptance of gay and lesbian members increased from 37.4 percent to 48 percent, but decreased from 74 percent to 53 percent in Catholic churches, over the six years, according to Duke University's National Congregations Study, which involved interviews with representatives of 1,331 American congregations.
The number of congregations open to gays and lesbians in volunteer leadership roles also increased from about 18 percent to 26.4 percent, the study says. more >>
A federal appeals court panel has upheld New Jersey's law banning sexual orientation change therapy for minors, in agreement with a lower court decision.
Three judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in King v. Christie that while they held some disagreement with an earlier district court decision, they still affirmed the decision against the plaintiffs.
At issue was New Jersey's A3371, a law passed in 2013 with strong bipartisan support, which bans conversion therapy for LGBT minors. more >>