Another mainstream Christian denomination has caved in to the homosexual agenda. The Disciples of Christ (DOC) — also known as the “Christian Church” — voted at its recent General Assembly in Orlando, Florida, to affirm openly homosexual individuals as welcome members and leaders in the life of the denomination. In a resolution passed at the DOC's July 13-17 leadership assembly, gender identity and sexual orientation were equated with race and ethnicity as categories the denomination would now embrace. However, the Rev. Sharon Watkins, the DOC's president, emphasized in a letter to members and leaders that individual churches throughout the denomination would not be required to receive homosexuals as members, perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, or allow a homosexual pastor.
The denomination's controversial resolution called upon “the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to recognize itself as striving to become a people of grace and welcome to all God’s children though differing in race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance or theological perspective.” The resolution further called upon members and churches “to affirm the faith, baptism and spiritual gifts of all Christians regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.” The resolution insisted that neither sexual orientation nor gender identity “is grounds for exclusion from fellowship or service within the church, but we celebrate that all are part of God’s good creation.”
The Christian News Network reported that among the churches and organizations that lobbied for the change were Midway Hills Christian Church in Dallas, Texas; Foothills Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas; Bethany Christian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina; and St. Andrew Christian Church in Berkeley, California. Additionally, a homosexual group within the denomination calling itself the Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples Alliance took an active role in pressuring for the change.
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