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Same-sex marriage ritual OK'd

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is set to approve a ritual for same-sex marriages in congregations of the 4.5-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark.

Eight of the church's 10 bishops sent the ritual to the country's ministry of ecclesiastical affairs June 11. The ritual states that pastors with a theological objection can choose to not use the rite.

Denmark's Parliament changed marriage laws in June 2012 to allow same-sex couples to marry in civil or church ceremonies.The move follows a 1989 state decision to allow these couples to register as partners, followed by a 2005 decision by six of 10 church dioceses to allow congregations to bless these partnerships.


Donald Bohlken

Donald Bohlken

Posted at 1:10 am (U.S. Eastern) 8/8/2012

The history of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark shows what will happen in the ELCA if we do not reform and begin to comply with clear Biblical principles concerning homosexuality.  Eventually, we wil, if we continue to turn our back on the Word of God, be performing homosexual marriages.

The Bible clearly condemns homosexual behavior as sin.  "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination."  Lev 18:22. "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet." Romans 1:26-27.  See also Gen 19: 4-8, 15, 24; Lev 20: 13; Deut 23:17; 1 Cor 6:9, 10; 1 Tim 1: 8-11; Jude 1: 6-7.

It is our duty to lovingly point out to homosexuals that this conduct is sin and that the way out of sin is to seek forgiveness through the blood and sacrifice of Christ. 1 Cor. 6: 11. To follow the path. of denying the scripture's teachings, which the ELCA General Assembly has chosen, is to assist homosexuals on a path to hell.  1 Cor. 6: 9-10.

God's law on marriage, as set forth in  Genesis 2: 23-24 and affirmed by Jesus Christ at  Matthew 19: 4-6, is also clear.  It provides that marriage was created exclusively as a union between one man and one woman.


Walter Jordan

Walter Jordan

Posted at 3:56 pm (U.S. Eastern) 11/8/2012

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