Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage

Greg Strand – August 12, 2015 3 Comments

What is the EFCA position on homosexuality and same-sex marriage?

The EFCA affirms the inerrancy and authority of the Bible (cf. Article 2). That grounds and guides our understanding of and response to homosexuality and same-sex marriage

We have a policy for those pursuing credentialing in the EFCA regarding “Homosexual Belief and Conduct.” The policy states that the EFCA will not credential one who engages in homosexual conduct or one who does not believe that homosexual behavior is sinful, even though remaining celibate.

We also have a statement on same-sex marriage that provides guidance to local EFC churches who are writing a policy on this issue: “A Church Statement on Human Sexuality: Homosexuality and Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ – A Resource for EFCA Churches.”

Because we affirm the inerrancy and authority of the Scriptures, we must never compromise the biblical standard for sexuality and marriage, while at the same time we must treat everyone, including those who differ with us on this issue, and those who identify as LGBT, with gentleness, compassion, and love, while pointing them to the only hope any of us have, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In sum, the EFCA is “welcoming but not affirming”.

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

3 responses to Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage

  1. This is strange that after all this time there are no comments. Greg, we have had conversations on this matter. Am I the only one on either side of the issue that actually cares who had/has a strong affiliation with the EFCA? So many gay, bi, and transgender persons are more Christian by way of works based on their faith and faith in The Lord than many i remember in Church. The fact that they are single or monogomusly attached, thought scoffed at by Christians, is nonetheless very real. My cousin and his now husband have been together since 1972.

    Not to throw a charge of hypocrisy in you face, but to point our an evolved compassion, consider divorce and remarriage. This was unheard of during the early part of my life time and the early part of my Christian faith. This was only forgivable, as was a child out of wedlock, if it occurred prior to conversion. Christians ate those stories up as part of a grand testimony of a now changed life. So to are so-called ex-gay stories the subject of primetime Christian news. Can LGBT people change? I don’t know and I don’t care. All I know is most all I know including me could not in spite of years of trying. The one who claims he has seems to put on false airs (Stephen Bennett) as one who has a conversion ministry. He claims all can be ‘cured’ because he ‘was’. He seems forced and focused on superficials like constant references to his wife physical appearance.

    As those who divorced suffered or stayed in an abusive marriage suffered even greater because it was “God’s Will” so to do the Christ loving LGBT people today in your midst. Please learn compassion and do so soon. Compassion by the way does not mean they stay ashamed of them selves for your sake. It likewise does not mean you have piety on their horrific brave struggle to change. It means casting out the log in your own eye. So simple, isn’t it, but there is it is.

    • Thank you for commenting, Kimberly. Since your comment is more of an exhortation than a question, I am acknowledging your comment and thanking you for it. There is much more I could say, but that conversation would best be had personally.

    • People can only change by the power of the Holy Spirit, which sadly, most of the professing church does not have since they leave the Holy Spirit out of the “conversion” process and replace it with human decision or infant baptism, neither of which, saves. (Jn 1:13, Acts 8;14-16). So since these false churches have no power from the Holy Spirit to change behavior, then they have to either support homosexuality and other sins, or tell people to be like the Pharisees and clean the outside of the cup by not acting on their lusts, while the inside of the cup is still unclean. But Jesus says that’s hypocrisy (Mt. 23:26) which it is. So that will not make anyone clean enough to enter heaven. Only the power of the Holy Spirit washing our hearts from sin and giving us new desires that replace our old lusts can turn sinners (including homosexuals) into saints. (Ezek. 36:26-27). 1 Co. 4:20, “For the kingdom of God is not matter of talk but of POWER. ”

      God doesn’t judge outward appearances or works, he judges the HEART. (1 Sam. 16:7). So if the heart is still full of sin, then it doesn’t matter how many “good works” one performs, his heart hasn’t changed because it still lusts after evil. The inside of the cup must first be cleaned by Jesus for the whole cup to be cleaned. Mt. 5:28, 1 Jn 3:15, Heb. 4:12, Mt. 23:26.

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