A two part series on Human Sexuality
24th Nov part 1 God & Human Sexuality
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1st Dec part 2 God Wrath and Sexuality
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Thinking biblically about current issues is very important.
But sometimes it’s difficult knowing how to put the Bible’s teaching together when we face perplexing or controversial problems. Ethical issues constantly confront our society whether it’s big picture global warming; or matters of life and death like abortion or euthanasia. At the moment one challenging area of ethics is the nature of our sexuality:
- is it a fixed or given aspect of who we are as humans? or,
- is sexuality an aspect of life we can choose to define ourselves?
The answers influence how we regard ‘marriage’ and family life in our society (including sex education in schools; and who should be able to foster or adopt children). Within our church life issues such as, what is an acceptable lifestyle before God, and, who is suitable for leading congregations, are under review across the world. So in the next two sermons we will be considering the ethical question about human sexuality
In a recent Guardian interview I referred to the Anglican Church’s most definitive statement in modern times on sexuality, resolution 1.10 from the 1998 Lambeth Conference (a worldwide gathering). It rejects homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture, but calls on Anglicans to
“minister pastorally and sensitively to all, irrespective of sexual
orientation, and to condemn irrational fear of homosexuals, violence
within marriage and any trivialisation and commercialisation of sex”.
It also states the church cannot advise the “legitimising or blessing of same sex unions nor ordain those involved in same gender unions”. As well, it speaks of faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman “in lifelong union and abstinence for those not called to marriage”.
So how did Lambeth reach such a view?
By examining the Bible’s teaching which we’ll be doing. Gary