Biblical Rationale Summary 2:
After reading the Bible carefully following the interpretive guidance of Living Faith, and with a sense of accountability to our LGBTQI sisters and brothers, can we still reach the conclusion made 22 years ago in the HS1994 statement?
“Scripture sees evidence of sexual distortion to God's creation pattern in adultery, rape, incest, promiscuity and homosexual relationships.” (6.1.9)
Surely, on the matter of lumping “homosexual relationships” with adultery, rape, incest and promiscuity the answer can only be no. Indeed, we can agree that when either heterosexual behaviour or homosexual behaviour involve adultery, rape, incest and promiscuity the Bible is very clear in its rejection of such behaviour. Does the Bible clearly and unequivocally prohibit covenanted faithful same-sex relationships? Clearly not. A careful reading of the Bible, and prayerful consideration of the teaching and example of Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit should lead us towards repentance from harmful condemnation of our LGBTQI sisters and brothers who seek to follow Christ in covenanted relationships.