Affirming All God's Children
A Place at the Table PDF Print E-mail

 



For us there is no question that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and intersex people -- and those who love them -- are fully worthy of God's love and are called to be fully participating members of God's church.

If you're looking for a church where your sexual orientation or gender identity/expression -- or that of someone you love -- won't get in the way of us supporting you in your relationship with God, you're in the right place. We are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, praying and working for a world where people are able to be themselves and live their truth in the light of God's love -- and with full equality.

So if you're looking for a church that walks the talk of inclusion and advocacy, you're in the right place. We're passionate about equality year-round, and we're regular participants in organizations and events in our community, including Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Our church believes in advocating on behalf of each of our members as a spiritual being. We believe that the spiritual growth of each person is intimately tied with their day-to-day life, and we encourage everyone to examine themselves and look for ways of personal improvement.

God loves you and wants you and those you love to be who God made you to be. God wants you and those you love to believe in yourselves and love yourselves. And so do we.

 

 
Homosexuality & The Bible PDF Print E-mail

 

If you've ever been told that the Bible condemns you because of your sexual orientation, you're in the right place. In fact, nowhere in the Bible are same-sex committed and loving relationships condemned. On the contrary, here's what the Bible says on the subject:

"For God so loved the world that God gave God's only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

In addition, here is the truth that counters three commonly told lies about what the Bible says about homosexuality.

Lie #1: The Book of Leviticus expressly forbids homosexual sex.

The Truth: The purity laws of the ancient priesthood are a code of ethics rooted in a time and culture that is far removed from today's world. Among other things it forbids shaving, wearing clothing made of two different materials, eating rare meat, and many other things. The edict against homosexual sex is part of this code, no more or no less important than the verse that forbids harvesting an entire field of grain or piercing an ear. It is important only as a historical document, not as a set of rules to follow in this time.

Lie #2: Sodom was destroyed for the sin of homosexuality.

The Truth: Sodom and homosexuality were not connected until the middle ages. In Biblical days it was acknowledged that Sodom was destroyed for greed and inhospitality. While some believe that it was probable that the men of Sodom were bent on raping Lot's visitors, this was an act of violence, not an indication of the sexual preference of the male population of the city. There are many references of Sodom in the Bible (Ezekiel 16:49; Mark 6:11; 2 Peter 2:6-8, among others) but none of them mention homosexuality.

Lie #3: There are scriptures affirming the Biblical condemnation of homosexual sex.

The Truth: Many of the references to eunuchs in the Bible refer to homosexual men, not necessarily to castrated males. Jesus himself said: "For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 19:12). The book of Isaiah holds one of the greatest promises to us. "To the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off." (Isaiah 56: 4-5.)

Embrace the truth and reject the lies, the kingdom of heaven is for all!

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Traditional Marriage, or Covenants of Love? PDF Print E-mail

 

 

By Rev. Paul M. Turner

Over the last several years the debate concerning "gay marriage" has risen to new heights of passion and meanness. I suspect the basic reason for this is centered around power and control issues. Those who have defined marriage as the exclusive right of heterosexuals want to continue to control the rules. It is a "Members (who meet the standard) Only Club".

Marriage in today's sense is less about two people who love each other deeply and commit to living in a way that will enhance that love. Rather, it is about tax breaks, exemptions, property and legitimate sex. I wonder which scenario God is more concerned about.

We live in a world where marriage vows are usually not worth the paper they are written on. Yet the idea of a covenant is the total investment of those involved. I wonder if God is more concerned about broken promises or covenants that call on people to go deeper in their relationship than simple vows. Finally, I wonder from a spiritual perspective if a God who by biblical definition is both male and female is really concerned about the gender identity of a couple who are willing to live in covenant with each other.

After all, when Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, in other words which commandment should be the basis of who and what we are, his reply was, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment and the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself: All the law and prophets hang on these two commandments."

If these commandments are where it begins and ends -- I believe our God, the God of Jesus Christ is far more interested in covenants of love regardless of gender identification rather than traditional marriage which does not have a hint of the two commandments.

God Bless,
Rev. Paul M. Turner


To have a Holy Union or Holy Matrimony performed by Gentle Spirit Christian Church requires that the couple have lived together a minimum of six months or have dated in a monogamous relationship for at least one year. Within six months of the completion of pre-marital counseling, and at the discretion of the pastor, the Holy Union/Holy Matrimony may take place.

Contact us if you would like to set up an appointment to begin pre-marital counseling.

 


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