Lutherans Reject Easing Gay Clergy Rules
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A national meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America rejected a proposal Friday that would have allowed gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy under certain conditions.
The measure would have affirmed the church ban on ordaining sexually active gays and lesbians, but would have allowed bishops and church districts called synods to seek an exception for a particular candidate - if that person was in a long-term relationship and met other restrictions.
Delegates voted against the measure 503-490. Even if it had won a simple majority of votes, that wouldn't have been enough; the proposal needed a two-thirds majority to pass.
Earlier in the day, delegates voted 851-127 to keep the church
All denominational debates in the Protestant Church are really about 1 issue; and it's not the issue of homosexuality. It's really an issue of whether or not ancient Scripture is actually the Word of God in this day and time. If Scripture is just a good book, then there is not ( to many people) any reason to deny active homosexuals the right to be a priest/pastor.
However, if Scripture is ACTUALLY the Very Word of God, then it stands across time and eternity as correct in all it says. And it says very clearly in both the Old and New Testament sections that homosexual behavior is an afront to God; sin to be resisted.
Well the ELC has put off active homosexuals in the pulpit -- for the moment. But some elite group will undoubtedly over rule the people and "legalize" homosexual clergy. JB