Gay unions: consistent witness or pastoral accommodation? An evangelical pastoral dilemma and the unity of the church

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James V. Brownson


I write this as an evangelical, committed to Scripture as the only final rule for faith and practice. I write to those who believe (or at least grant some credence to the belief) that God’s intention for human sexuality is that it find full expression only in the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman. I do not believe “gay marriage” to be sanctioned by Scripture and do not address those issues here. In another article at another time, all these things might be argued in detail, but, for the purpose of this article, these positions are simply assumed, so that I can address a cluster of issues that still arise, even when such things are assumed.

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Homosexuality -- Biblical teaching; Homosexuality; Christian ethics; Pastoral theology; Church work with gays