Resolution Concerning Homosexuality
Whereas the Holy Scriptures state that God created male and female and declares sexual union was established exclusively for the male-female relationship (Genesis 2:24) and is consecrated in the marriage relations; and Whereas the Holy Scriptures also declare that “…a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be united to his wife, and they shall become one flesh…” (Genesis 2:24, 25; Mark 10:7, 8); and Whereas the Biblical record clearly condemns homosexual activity: A. Leviticus 18:22, God reveals homosexual practice to be an abomination in His sight. B. Romans 1:26, 27 declares homosexual activity is a lust of the flesh which is unnatural, degrading, and totally contrary to God’s will. C. I Corinthians 6:9, 10 reveals that homosexuals are to be denied entrance into the eternal Kingdom of Heaven if they do not repent, receive Christ as their personal Savior, and abolish their homosexual life-style, Therefore, by the authority of the Holy Scriptures, we, the Evangelical Methodist Church, believe homosexual practices to be sin leading to spiritual death and eternal punishment. Moreover, we agree that no individual who practices homosexual acts shall be permitted to be an official member of any Evangelical Methodist Church; nor shall any known practicing homosexual be a candidate for the licensed ministry of the Evangelical Methodist Church. Therefore, any person who does not positively affirm that he/she is not a homosexual may not become a member of the Evangelical Methodist Church. Every Board of Ministerial Relations and every local church pastor will ask for this affirmation during their respective interviews for licensing of ministers and the confirmation of church leaders. We, the Evangelical Methodist Church, uphold that all individuals are entitled to certain rights and protection of civil law; nevertheless, we oppose all civil legislation that supports homosexuality as a normal life-style based upon sexual preference. Moreover, the Evangelical Methodist Church opposes all civil legislation which would force us to compromise our religious beliefs on homosexuality. Hence, the Evangelical Methodist Church stands upon its constitutional right, under the first amendment, to oppose homosexual practices according to our religious conscience and Biblical understanding. Whereas we recognize that the Bible verifies that homosexuality is no greater sin than adultery, murder, stealing, etc., we, therefore, affirm that homosexuals are redeemable according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, we encourage all Evangelical Methodists to present God’s plan of salvation and deliverance from sin to all homosexuals. Moreover, all homosexuals who seek faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and cease to practice homosexual acts, the Evangelical Methodist Church welcomes into the fellowship of the Church.
Passed by the General Conference of the Evangelical Methodist Church meeting in Wilmore, Kentucky in July, 1990.