A leading evangelical Church in West Germany which has 2.6 million members has voted to allow same-sex marriage.The Rheinische Evangelische Kirche voted overwhelmingly to allow future gay marriage and to legitimise as marriages the blessing ceremonies that have already taken place. Priests who oppose the move will be allowed to refuse, and couples will be offered an alternative pastor.read more: http://goo.gl/qB9UjZ
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Nothing like having "alternative pastors" in your midst.
It is bad enough that nations approve. Now the church .... The so called evangelical church.... is jumping aboard. No surprise.
Some folk from our house fellowship attend their Sunday services here in our locality. It is a very liberal church and feminism is rampant. Apart from the pastor and a handful others, most of them are unsaved, including the presbytery. It is more of a mission field rather than a church.
Dear Narrowpath, I thank God for those of you in Germany who hold to the truth of the Word of God. Bruder Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in 1937: "The promise of grace is not to be squandered; it needs to be protected from the godless. The proclamation of grace has its limits. Grace may not be proclaimed to anyone who does not recognize or distinguish or desire it. Not only does that pollute the sanctuary itself, not only must those who sin still be guilty against the Most Holy, but in addition, the misuse of the Holy must turn against the community itself. The world upon whom grace is thrust as a bargain will grow tired of it, and it will not only trample the Holy, but also will tear apart those who force it upon them. For its own sake, for the sake of the sinner, and for the sake of the community, the Holy is to be protected from cheap surrender. The Gospel is protected by the preaching of repentance which calls sin sin and declares the sinner guilty.The key to loose is protected by the key to bind. The preaching of grace can only be protected by the preaching of repentance." from a paper titled 'Statements about the power of the keys and church discipline in the New Testament'.