The national board of the Union of Free Evangelical Churches presented “recommendations” for churches stating that it “respects the Bible as God’s Word”.
A letter signed by 27 leaders states that the process to bless same-sex couples would be “unlawful, unconstitutional, and illegitimate”.
Commenting on the decision of other national churches would be “disrespectful”, says Bishop Carlos Lopez of the IERE.
The decision was taken at a special online session with 40 votes in favour, 20 against and 2 abstentions. It won’t be finalized until 2025.
St Helen's Bishopsgate church says “there is no long-term security for Church of England evangelical churches”. St Ebbe's clergy states that they “are in impaired communion with the bishops in our diocese”.
The debate in Scotland around the candidacy of evangelical Kate Forbes shows that orthodox Christian values such as heterosexual marriage are viewed as disqualifying for political leadership.
The decision to bless same sex unions “disqualified the Church of England from leading the Anglican Communion”, says the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches.
Theologically conservative groups see the proposals “illogical” and a “Trojan horse” that will lead to future changes in the doctrine of marriage. Politicians accuse the leadership of the Anglican Church of “homophobia”.
It is the first measure of the 6-year-long internal debate on LGBTQI issues. The leading Anglican church says it seeks “a proper 21st century understanding of being human and of being sexual”.
According to a major survey, evangelicals are 37% of the population, Roman Catholics, 33%. 29% said they are unaffiliated believers and 1% identify as non-believers.
Lucio Malan was asked to explain his opposition to same-sex marriage and quoted the Old Testament. He is a member of the Protestant Waldesian Church but disagrees with its liberal approach to sexual morality.
The mainline Reformed Church in the Canton of Vaud was the last to adopt a new marriage rite. The position of the theologically evangelical minority inside the Swiss Reformed Church was defeated again.
In a country with strong LGBTQ movements inside Protestantism, the Federation of Free Evangelical Churches starts to face internal tensions, as seen in the last General Assembly.
Two thirds voted "yes" to the new Family Code promoted by the regime. 20 evangelical denominations asked to vote against.
After a request to change the “ministerial recognition rules”, the denomination opens a hearing process on all levels. “Feelings run deep, and each of us is seeking to be faithful to Christ”.
The proposal passed with 274 votes in favour and 136 against. It states that no minister will be forced to participate. Opponents said the decision “is not biblical”.
A majority of regional presbyteries of the Church of Scotland are ready to approve the draft law in May.
The churches leaving the Reformed Church of America say “it is important to affirm that the Bible is God’s written Word and those who follow Jesus live under the Bible’s authority”.
36% voted ‘no’ in the referendum. The Swiss Evangelical Alliance expresses “sadness” over an outcome that “puts desires of adults over rights of children”.
A two-third majority of the Church in Wales (Anglican Communion) voted in favour. “A change in the Church’s teaching concerning marriage” will be considered soon.
The Swiss Evangelical Alliance opposes sperm donation for lesbian couples: “Children have a right to a father and a mother”. Surveys say a majority would vote ‘yes’ on 26 September.
The EPUdF approved same-sex marriage in 2015. Since then, some churches have left the denomination.
The marriage resolution passed by 254 votes in favour, and 46 against. “This will have profound consequences for the future of the denomination”, say those against it.
The Swiss parliament approved the “marriage for all” law in December, allowing LGBT people to adopt and use reproductive technology. Now two initiatives seek to collect 50’000 signatures to ask the population in a referendum.
LGBT groups speak of a “dark” moment for human rights, but evangelicals see it as a “protection” for families and children.