Letter to the Editor: Church-goer takes issue with Pendleton Christian Church


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PCC will be voting to sever ties with the Disciples of Christ denomination due to their willingness to “embrace homosexuality.” Furthermore, they are amending their bylaws so LGBT-identified persons cannot serve in leadership roles or enter into a marriage covenant. PCC has maintained its conservative stance, though biblical scholarship has demonstrated that there are no biblical teachings about homosexuality.

I am married in a hetero-normative appearing relationship; however, I am offended by the implication that I, or anyone who does not conform to a heterosexual standard, may be unfit to serve in the church, or to assume that those who are LGBT live a life of sinfulness. The church is doing a great injustice to those seeking Christ - young or old, gay or straight. Those who identify as LGBT will experience religious abuse and oppression under their purview. Family members with LBGT loved ones will be forced to live in oppressive silence as they support their family. The effects of religious abuse are well documented. Many people have been negatively impacted mentally, spiritually, and emotionally by statutes and teachings just like this.

 

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