The Presbyterian Church (USA) on Tuesday voted to officially approve of same-sex marriage. Though expected, it was sad news. What was even sadder was reading about an announcement from an evangelical church in San Francisco, CA that it has decided, “We will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining”. It is the fourth “mega” church I know of that has shifted. Though, I must question whether they’re “mega” anymore since the decision of these leaders have caused more hurt and pain in splitting their churches.
A few weeks ago Pastor Stan Mitchell revealed to this congregation the official decision of where they would now stand with gay marriage – Grace Pointe church in Franklin, Tennessee now supports gay marriage.
With the change in policy, Mitchell posted on the church’s website that they will now honour and extend full privileges to gay members of the congregation. These privileges include child dedication, leadership opportunities and marriage services, which were previously withheld from them as the church did not yet support gay marriage or relationships. Mitchell said the privileges will be extended “with the same expectations of faithfulness, sobriety, holiness, fidelity … and willingness as expected of all.”
Grace Pointe’s move is not without concrete consequences. Continue reading Evangelical Mega Church Comes Out for Gay Marriage