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<--See also: "The Sunday Trap"
I have a genuine love for the church that I grew up in. I have basically stopped going to church because it causes tension with my family members and I as I have elected to stop taking communion. One of the requirements of communing the church is that a person must be instructed in the teachings of the church and hold them to be true. I no longer consider the teachings of the church to be absolutely true. For example, I don’t believe that person is damned to hell because they don’t believe in Jesus. That’s what got me started on my movement away from the church but it’s stance on homosexuality is pretty much the driving issue.
In my time there I have seen four pastors and countless vicars come and go. There has not been one sermon, prayer, or point made about homosexuality. It really has been largely positive with broad preaching about the saving grace of Jesus. Today while conducting the congregational prayer the pastor spent a good time about the abomination which is same-sex marriage. He even went further to condemn the secular civil unions.
Until that moment, the only time homosexuality was even brought up was during catechism were we learn the doctrine of the church. So that’s how I knew about the church’s official stance on the matter.
It stems from the Sixth Commandment. I’ll quote from the book:
You shall not commit adultery.
What does this mean? We should fear and love Go so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other.
The definition of marriage as being between a man and woman is supported by Gen. 2:24-25 and Mark 10:6-9.
The stance on homosexuality stems from Rom. 1:24 & 26-27 and 1 Cor. 6:9-10.
I think that I have moved away long ago from paying attention to the literal reading of biblical scripture and accepting philosophical notions that don’t make sense to me because it cannot explain my own experience in life. I have lost faith. Not in God but in the church because I see it as fallible as I am.