Heard Larry Williams talking about this with media commentators this afternoon. He and the others can't understand why gays and defacto's would be banned from church leadership.
Their problem is that they...and most non-churchgoers...don't actually understand the issue.
The media were quick to pillory Brash for hypocrisy over family values...yet those same journalists see no inconsistency over a de facto or gay church leader preaching family values.
The reality is that Christ was explicit: marriage meant one man, one woman, a gift from God. Other variations on the theme were simply the result of uninhibited people following their own desires.
The entire message of Christ was about transcending those lusts to strive for purity. He recognised that we all fall short...hence his sacrificial and atoning death for our faults...but likewise the clergy were expected to lead by example.
Thus...while gays and defacto couples are welcome in congregations and are as worthy as anyone else in that role...they do not meet the standard for unhypocritical leadership.
The Rev Margaret Mayman for example cannot deliver a lecture on Christ's message about marriage unless she chooses to be either a hypocrite or dishonest about the scriptures.
To grant Mayman's wish might make liberals happy...but it would be a further deviation from real Christianity towards the grim parody that modern liberal religion has become.
If you look at the empty churches nationwide, they're all liberal ones. Bible-based churches are booming.
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