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Presbyterians are getting with the times
At this point and day in age, who cares, as long as two people love each other; why not?
I mean, really, who is it hurting? Does it really concern another individual who anyone vows to share their life with?
It's a personal choice ... There are a lot of things people do that I don't agree with, nor do I make the same personal choices, but who am I to say one can't do (it) just because it's not my choice?
...So if a pastor is willing to marry anyone, be happy that two people, regardless of their choices, has found a person to commit to. Obviously, the church has come to terms with the times and is accepting.
It's in black and white
Read the Bible, people. It is there in black and white, just before 'don't mark up your body,' that a man shall not lay with a man. That is why (God) created man a mate: to go forth and replenish the earth.
Margarette Ann Butler Faircloth
Let people do what they want
We need to let people be who they want to be and let them marry who they want to marry. It's not our decision; it's theirs.
Remember the church's true meaning
I think if more people worried about their life and not what other people choose to do, the world would be a better place.
It's okay if you choose not to live the way I choose to. I am happily married to my husband, but if someone else chooses to be with a woman or man, shouldn't that be their decision?
(Most churches) are always talking about how people live their life and what they do and how they do it; they should be focusing more on God...
People forget the true meaning of God and church.
Shelley N Blake
No matter what, sin is sin
... I find hypocrisy in those that quickly condemn a homosexual as they sit eating in excess, or turning a blind eye to their children's promiscuity.
Sin is sin ... we are to have internal reflection before we choose to point out the speck in our brother's eye.
However ... the Bible is clear that sexual immorality, whether same sex or heterosexual, is considered sin.
...Christian walk is about sacrificial living, and not having it be all about one's self.
Marriage: Really between just two people?
"Marriage is between one man and one woman" — says the man or woman on their third marriage with stepchildren.
Judge not, lest ye be judged
Ironically, homosexuality also poses a challenge for heterosexual Christians. We may let feelings of contempt or fear lead us into the sin of self-righteousness.
But Jesus and other New Testament leaders taught by word and example not to be self-righteous or shun or discriminate against those we consider to be "sinners" (Matthew 9:10-13, Luke 7:36-48, 18:9-14).
Further, Jesus told us to eliminate the sins in our own lives rather than passing judgment or looking down on others. For if we judge other people harshly, we will, in turn, be judged harshly.
Gay marriage: a slippery slope
It absolutely hurts other people and it's not love. It is lust. A "church" who gives in to the ways of the world is not the true church.
God says homosexuality is an abomination. It is not of God. If we continue to allow these "little" things in, things will just continue to get worse.
About pastors who would marry same-sex couples...
I would have a problem with a pastor marrying a same-sex couple. He is not obeying God's word if he performs that marriage.
Shirl Griffin Long