UPDATE: Lutherans To Allow Sexually Active Gays As Clergy

Leaders of the nation's largest Lutheran church have voted to allow sexually active gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy.

Gays and lesbians are currently allowed to serve as ministers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America only if they remain celibate.

The proposal passed Friday night with 68 percent approval.

At 4.7 million members and about 10,000 congregations in the United States, the ELCA is one of the largest U.S. Christian denominations yet to take a more gay-friendly stance on clergy.

The final decision on whether to hire gay clergy in committed relationships will lie with individual congregations.

Critics predict that its passage will prompt individual congregations to split off from the denomination.


Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination are set to decide whether gay and lesbian pastors in committed relationships should be allowed to lead individual congregations.

The 1,045 delegates to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's convention in Minneapolis are scheduled to vote Friday on the gay clergy proposal.

Gays and lesbians are currently allowed to serve as ELCA ministers only if they remain celibate. If delegates approve the proposal, the church will join a growing list of mainline Christian denominations to liberalize attitudes toward homosexuality.

Critics say the proposed policy goes against clear Scriptural guidance that homosexuality is sinful, and have predicted some congregations could split with the ELCA over the issue.

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  • by Angel Bailey Becky Location: Havelock NC on Aug 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    To be gay or not to be gay that is the ?. but if you bi it;s like a 2 way street .why should anyone judge me for all sin in there own ways .pardon me for gays in havelock
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    OSOC - you still didn't explain your answer. I didn't ask if you live beyond your means, I was referring to others: ie credit cards, loans, etc.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    Tim, is there even such thing as a true christian? There are more abombinations than homosexuality in the bible, and I am pretty sure that no one can possibly live their lives according to the way the bible dictates.
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 04:47 AM
    The truth is there is no such thing as a homosexual christian. They are either a homosexual or a christian. It is completely impossible to be both as the bible says no homosexual will inherit any part of the kingdom of god. Now what part of this don't any of you people understand? The bible is very clear about this sin. In my opinion any church that approves of this type of behavior is not a church at all but just some type of a weekly social function without any merit at all. Regardless to some people's claims homosexuality is by choice only and nobody is born with it. It is choice by free will influenced by evil. My advice to all is repent now and be saved.
  • by Lesbian or not is the ? Location: Havelock on Aug 27, 2009 at 05:47 PM
    i goto church do you hate me more or less are you mad at the gov. or something why do you hate child hate is not for the people or church please read you bible ,love is the answer
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Aug 27, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Lesbian or not is the ?, sorry, I do not support a sexual choice as a "right". You can bend the rules for a mere choice of a sexual perversion, but that is all it is.
  • by Lesbian or not is the ? Location: Havelock on Aug 27, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    Living in havelock with the Corp. some are ok some are not woman should have the right to be with who they want and same for a guy, but if someone outs you to others that might damage you carrer.will they make you take therapy or other treatments . or just kick you out or fire you .and what about a man fantsy of two women wow lesbians .does that make you gay? what some men wantin marrige. the same one pointing fingers with blame some wanting the same.are we still in the dont ask dont tell or else.I support womens rights and also mens let the rainbow shine but we all should have the right to choose gays not a illness
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Aug 26, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    Derek, its attributable to one president who submitted it, with both houses. I don't live beyond my means nor do a lot of people. A smaller group do. The ones that don't back credit cards, cars and mortgages is a small percent. You can verify that online. The American dream is to work hard and do the best you can to be successful. The liberal dream is not to anything and live off the rich. That is the same liberals that are controlling both houses and the president and spending 9 trillion dollars. Yea, time, time to spend it as quick as possible since most will never be re elected for this. If that doesn't get them, the health care bill will.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Aug 26, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    I don't think you can attribute what we are spending on one particular administration, but to all of us as a whole. Why? Tell me what the American dream is and why we live beyond our means. Time is catching up, and it looks like it is just around the corner.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 24, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    Yep, those same people along with the "no new taxes", Obama is a socialist and don't taze me bro. My real point is 9 trillion dollars and counting. You dodged that point, I guess that is Ws fault again as usual and according to the liberal agenda you mentioned was no yours. OK, I will give 600 billion accountable to W, fill us in on the rest please. I am not talking about past debt, I am talking about his budget. Now here is your new debackle, seniors I have talked with see this country going to.....gay marriage, social healthcare, actually the entire liberal agenda. Even witn posted on this with liberals unhappy with the direction? Well, even Obama knows he will be a one term if he takes it all. In the past, there were the 80 million some democrat and republican voters, in the next election, the elderly will show to the polls. They have done this before and with a vengence. I will also say, social healthcare includes medicare. They are already rationed, this just spreads it thinner.

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