Statement on Homosexuality
This Association regards homosexual desires and behaviour as sinful and contrary to God's intent for His children (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Deut. 23:18; Rom. 1:27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). It rejects the contention that homosexual desires, behaviour and/or lifestyle are simply another form of sexuality equally valid with the God given male-female pattern. We acknowledge that each person may have a tendency or predisposition to a particular sin, or temptation to which he or she is especially prone. Being tempted is not a sin; acting on the temptation, by indulging in wrongful thoughts, words, or deeds is sinful (James 1:12-15).
We urge Pastors and Congregations to initiate Scriptural teaching: in appropriate situations so as to counter the growing social and cultural approval of homosexual attitudes and mindset. At the same time, we encourage pastors and congregations of this Association to minister redemptively with homosexual persons with whom they come in contact, realizing that each one is a person whom God loves and for whom His Son died. Also, we encourage congregations and pastors to show love and compassion to those who have facilitated, encouraged, enabled or participated in homosexual activities or in its lifestyle, and assure them of God's complete forgiveness to all who repent (2 Cor. 6:11).
Accordingly, we shall not allow the ordination or continuation in ministry of those who advocate the acceptance of homosexual desires, activities or lifestyle. Neither shall we allow the ordination or continuation in ministry as pastors of self-professing or practising homosexuals. All those who advocate such positions, or who profess or practice homosexuality, shall not be allowed to continue in this Association, until there is evidence of repentance and amendment of life.
A "Statement on Marriage and Human Sexuality - Scriptural and Confessional Authority" was adopted at the 2011 General Convention. Click here to download.