Monday, January 3, 2011

Christian Denominations: Views on Homosexuality

Homosexuality is, and continues to be, one of the most hotly debated issues among Christians today, and even Christian teens have gotten in on the debate. Some denominations view homosexuality as a sin and others have a number of congregations or movements that accept homosexuality as a non-sin. However, most denominations, it seems, tend to fall into the category of "hate the sin, love the sinner," where they condemn homosexual behavior but welcome homosexuals into the congregation. Here is a breakdown of how the largest denominations view homosexuality:

Denominations that View Homosexuality as Sin

Many of these denominations have pronounced that homosexuality is a sin and do not condone gay marriage. However, many of these churches encourage members to witness to homosexuals and allow homosexuals to participate as members of the congregations. Some even acknowledge that homosexuals can be Christians, but others, like Pentacostal Churches believe that gay people must repent in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Still, all of these churches believe that homosexuality is a forgivable sin with forgiveness being provided by God.
Read more about these denominations' beliefs about homosexuality:

Denominations that Have Mixed Views on Homosexuality

Many of these denominations take a more inclusive view of homosexuals. They encourage homosexuals to become Christians, and encourage their participation in congregational activities. Some of these denominations, like the United Church of Christ, allow homosexual members to be ordained as ministers. Other denominations, like the Baptist Church, are divided among groups that consider homosexuality as a sin and others that do not believe homosexuality is a sin.

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