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If God does not withhold blessing from gay people, upon what basis does the church? January 18, 2013

Posted by Phil Groom in Christianity, Church, Watching and Waiting.
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The Blog of Kevin, 17/1/2013: Plucking Blackberries

The Blog of Kevin, 17/1/2013: Plucking Blackberries

FROM THE BLOG OF KEVIN, Plucking Blackberries:

Where I see genuine love, commitment, and a desire for a covenant relationship, I see God. Where I see people who love God, who serve God, who God speaks to and through as much as the next person, I see God. And to deny them equal status, to keep them at the edge like women at the synagogue, is wrong. If God does not withhold his Holy Spirit from gay Christians, how can we withhold anything?

It’s the same question the early church faced when the challenge was whether or not Gentiles could be baptised:

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

— Acts 10: 44-48, NRSV

Who amongst us dares argue with the Holy Spirit? Wake up, O Christians!

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