A Disciples of Christ Church in San Diego that describes itself as “radically inclusive” has purchased a billboard atop a gay bar with a message to the LGBT community, declaring, “God takes pride in you, so do we!”
The Mission Gathering Christian Church first promoted its billboard endorsing gay pride on Twitter last month as something that the Bible would also treat as that which is “right and good.”
The church told Fox 5 that the billboard, which appears along the route of the San Diego LGBT+ Pride Parade, set for July 14, is meant to welcome those that “have traditionally been marginalized by the evangelical church.”
In 2013, the Disciples of Christ, also known as the Christian Church, became one of a number of mainstream Protestant Christian denominations to affirm openly homosexual individuals as welcome members and leaders in the life of the denomination.
Last year, a national coalition of more than 150 evangelical leaders signed a new statement affirming their beliefs on human sexuality, including that marriage is between one man and one woman and approval of “homosexual immorality” is sinful.
In the Nashville Statement, The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood denounced the increasingly post-Christian Western culture that is denying God’s purpose for humans, as male and female, and said that it presents “a great challenge to the Christian church” which can either “blend” in with the “spirit of the age” or hold fast to God’s Word.
“Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be,” the statement reads.
“WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness. WE DENY that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree.”
John Piper, co-founder of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, called the statement in a news release, a “Christian manifesto” on human sexuality.
Taken from: The Christian Post