美國福音路德宗的進步!

最近,美國福音派路德宗(Evangelical Lutheran Church)大會通過容許專一有固定伴侶的同志當牧師。以往該宗派其實已容許單身的同志作牧師,如今祗是更上一層樓,開明程度更大而已。當然,對於該宗派內某些保守人仕,可能導致他們離開;這便又體認分裂教會都是由這些保守教牧所引發。由於觀點不同,因而堂而皇之地離開似乎是今日基督教習以為常的事;誰不知這便陷入了自以為是和分黨結派的錯誤中。試問若在民主自由的社團中,若公開投票贊成了,所有的人是否應遵守這遊戲規則而服從大會決定?!焉能在投票後不合乎自己看法便不合作地離開;若果不贊成投票便應該不出現或在投票前抗議,卻絕不可以在投票後搞事。對於基督教中常有這種幼稚的表現,我總認為是他們缺乏做人處事的成熟和禮儀。若果教會中人也是這樣低能,難怪其他人看在眼裏便笑在心裏,你叫他們肯信耶穌才怪!話說回來,這次美國福音路德宗實在比美國聖公會還開明,足見時代不斷進步,教會也在不斷進步中。

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  1. Actually I would like to ask what you think about the Evangelical Lutheran Church accepting homosexual Christians as pastor? To me, this does show that this Church doesn’t discriminate or look down at homosexuals, which is a good thing for the Church to really take care of this group of people. I do agree that a Church should love and welcome all kinds of people including homosexuals, as we are all sinners, but then the Church has the responsibility to tell them what the Bible says and help them to stay away from sins. Clearly to be homosexual is a sin according to the Bible, just like telling lies is a sin. Of course it takes time for a homosexual to change, just like we may still commit sin after we believed in Christ. However, the Bible says 作監督的,必須無可指摘,只作一個婦人的丈夫。Obviously a Christian who is still homosexual cannot be counted as “無可指摘" and therefore, not appropriate to be a pastor.

    1. It depends on how we interpret the Biblical texts on so called “homosexual". I don’t think it’s a sin due to religious and cultural reasons. So the church should accept anyone who is gay and called to be pastor.

      1. Okay… but I would like to ask how would you interpret this sentence “只作一個婦人的丈夫" as a requirement to be 作監督的? Perhaps you may explain this can be interpreted as having only one ‘partner’ whether this partner is of same sex or not.. However, can we really distort the meaning of the term being used in the Bible? Is this really appropriate?Can we just change the meaning to suit our own will?

        Sometimes there may be things that the Bible doesn’t explicitly say whether it’s alright to do or not. However we can always infer from between the lines of words in the Bible what is the plan of God and what pleases Him. So I would like to know what you think about why God created a man and a woman, not two men at the very beginning… To me, this clearly manifested what God planned for human beings – that for a man and a woman to form a bond between themselves is pleasing in His eyes and is what He wants us to follow. Perhaps the Bible didn’t explicitly say no to homosexuals, but at least from what He laid out in the beginning (a man with a woman), this should shed some light to us to admit at least this is His original plan.

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