Monday, December 22, 2008

Saddleback Removes Anti-Gay Sentiments On Church Site

Check out the before and after here.
Rachel Maddow discusses the probability (slim) of Rick Warren being uninvited to give the invocation. She also talked about the offending information (see below) that was posted on the Saddleback church site here. 
Andrew Sullivan finds peace with being stuck with Warren on inauguration day. He references Melissa Etheridge's post, the essence of which is: 
"Maybe if they get to know us, they wont fear us."
She's right. It's an ignorance problem.
Here's the original content at Saddleback. It must be a burden to be so self-righteous:
I've heard it asked, "Isn't being homosexual something that a person is physically born with?" First of all, there are absolutely no facts to support this claim. From time to time studies have been reported in the news that seemed to indicate this, but every one of these studies has proven to be wrong. Secondly, even if some physical difference were discovered, it would be no excuse for sin. We know that some people can develop a stronger physical addiction to alcohol than others, but that's obviously no excuse for living an alcoholic lifestyle.

Finally, a word about being judgmental. It's not judgmental to say that what the Bible calls a sin is a sin, that's just telling the truth. Not being willing to talk to someone caught up in sin, or not believing that they can be forgiven, or thinking that you are not just as much in need of Jesus as they are ... that's being judgmental.

Because membership in a church is an outgrowth of accepting the Lordship and leadership of Jesus in one’s life, someone unwilling to repent of their homosexual lifestyle would not be accepted at a member at Saddleback Church. That does not mean they cannot attend church – we hope they do! God’s Word has the power to change our lives.

In equal desire to follow Jesus, we also would not accept a couple into membership at Saddleback who were not willing to repent of the sexual sin of living together before marriage. That does not mean this couple cannot attend church – we hope they do! God’s Word has the power to change our lives.