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The Good News - Pastor Dee Kelley, San Diego First Church of the Nazarene

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I spoke with my former pastor at Point Loma Presbyterian Church yesterday

And I am sorry to say that he is anti-equality.

As some of you know, my ultimate hope is that GCI grows to rival the size of GCN as an organization and become a physically present body and not just a blog. So I  have undertaken the responsibility of contacting pastors within my region and seeing what I can give to the next editor in the form of advice and organization influence and maybe even finances. So far I have only spoken to my Church (SDFC) on Nazarenes for Equality  and the Presbyterian church I mentioned before. But as you can imagine the going is slow, but not unworkable.

But back to my discussion regarding the Presbyterian pastor.

He does come from a very conservative generation and when I spoke to him, he didn’t seem to have ever truly encountered an opposing argument (he has met Mel White and knows of More Light Presbyterians, however) that was well formed. When I spoke with him, did not seem to be able to retort to most of my points. Instead, he occasionally resorted to conjecture or simply did not have a counter-argument. 

Considering that he attended Seminary in the 70’s, it is not suprising this is the case.

But he was very loving and civilized no less, and I do pray that I helped plant the seeds of understanding with him from our discussion!

-Ian

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This petition will help tell the Nazarene Church that it is the desire of the Holy Spirit and the Body of Christ to recognize the legitimacy of homosexual and transgendered people.

Please reblog! Every signature helps! (We need 250 signatures from Christians)

-Ian

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The Nazarene Church currently takes the position of condemning homosexuals and homosexuality. The Assembly of the Nazarene Church has regrettably diverted from the Christian faith on it’s literal and non-substantive interpretation of the Holy Bible.

"Homosexuality is one means by which human sexuality is perverted. We recognize the depth of the perversion that leads to homosexual acts but affirm the biblical position that such acts are sinful and subject to the wrath of God. We believe the grace of God sufficient to overcome the practice of homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). We deplore any action or statement that would seem to imply compatibility  between Christian morality and the practice of homosexuality. We urge clear preaching and teaching concerning Bible standards of sexual morality.  

(Genesis 1:27; 19:1-25; Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:8-10)”


It is my goal to enable the Nazarene Church as one that Christ would be proud of when addressing LGBT+ Community.

We will do this via petitions, letter writing, and general lobbying within church environments. Let us stay committed to our goals and spread God’s love to everyone. Not just heterosexual-cisgendered folk.

I propose the text be repealed and amended to read:

"Homosexuality is one means by which human sexuality is perverted fulfilled as a blessing from God. We recognize the depth of the perversion that leads to homosexual acts but affirm the biblical position that such acts are sinful and subject to the wrath of God the struggle that faces those with homosexual orientation or transgender identity. We believe the grace of God sufficient to overcome the practice of homosexuality stigma associated with homosexuality and transgender identity due to mispreaching over the ages. We deplore any action or statement that would seem to imply incompatibility between Christian morality and the ethical practice of homosexuality. We urge clear preaching and teaching concerning Bible standards of sexual morality.


You do not have to be Nazarene to help (though it does help our case more so), if you have a Christian faith we invite you to help by writing letters of protest and insight. Please help us bring God’s love to all His Children! (Not just a few.)

-Ian

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San Diego First Church of the Nazarene: Homosexuality and The Church Seminar

What: I’m giving an hour talk/seminar on the ‘Side A’ (Pro-GLB) argument, whilst explaining ‘Side-B’ (Celibacy-Only) argument and why Side-X (“ex-gay”) is unacceptable in the Church. I will also go over some of the science behind homosexuality.

When: 12:30-1:30pm, Sunday March 25th

Where: 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 (Youth Room)

Why:  To promote full acceptance and equality within the Church.

Hope to see you all there!

-Ian