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Pope more concerned with Truth than popularity

Pope BenedictWhilst many Protestant churches seem to more concerned with the populist, but essentially secular agenda of ‘saving the planet’ rather than the saving of souls to eternity, the Pope has stood up boldly to declare God’s concern for our world in terms of His plan for the traditional family.

In a manner which speaks of Pope Benedict being more concerned for God’s Truth rather than for popular standing and the following of contemporary trends, he has affirmed heterosexual marriage as the bedrock and God's pattern for a healthy society.

Unsurprisingly his remarks have provoked a backlash of accusations from pro-homosexual groupings – including those within the church.

The Rev. Ian Galloway, Convenor of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council said that Pope Benedict had "missed the point" and "the Kirk considers that climate change in the global priority that will affect the lives of people whatever their sexuality".

Meanwhile Mark Dowd, strategist for Christian environmental group Operation Noah, said the comments betrayed "a lack of openness to the complexity of creation".

Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement head Rev Sharon Ferguson said the Pope's remarks justified "gay bashing". And Vladimir Luxuria, a transgender former Italian MP stated: "I'm someone who was born as male and has a spiritual and female soul, and it's contradictory that a Pope just thinks of people just made as flesh and not made of a spiritual aspect."

The Roman Catholic Church opposes gay marriage. And reflecting the adage “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner", the Church teaches that while homosexual orientation is not sinful per se, homosexual acts are.

So while many protestant denominations (some of which denounce the Pope as the AntiChrist) reflect an ambivalence and confusion over the matter of human sexuality, and the Episcopal Church - amongst others - is fragmenting over the issue, it seems that the Roman Pontiff is quite clear on what he believes and what his church should teach and work to maintain.

Read further in The Herald and on the BBC's website.

Ed footnote: That groups with the term 'Christian' in their title support lifestyles which are in contradiction to the creational order is indicative of the fact that the word 'Christian' has ceased to become a meaningful term in describing views and affiliations within the body of Jesus Christ.
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Christians Together, 23/12/2008

C.Brian Ross (Rev) (Guest) 24/12/2008 18:53
For a long time now, it has saddened me that in a number of areas of morality and human life, it is the Church of Rome whose leadership is prepared to stand up and be counted. I recall telephoning the Diocesan Office of the late Cardinal Thomas Winning to thank him for taking a clear stand on a particular issue, while I looked in vain for a Scriptural comment from the Moderators of the General Assemblies of the various Presbyterian churches; the General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Scotland; any spokesman for the Brethren Movement, or the Charismatic Movement; or any other prominent Chritian leader. The words "by their fruit you shall know them" spring to mind! There is much in doctrinal terms with which I would be diametrically opposed to the Pope; but in this issue I would gladly stand beside him. "He who is not against us is for us."

C.Brian Ross (born in N.Ireland; foundation Master of a Junior Orange Lodge; member of, and then Chaplain to, a Senior Lodge; member of a Black Preceptory to the degree of Red Cross; ordained C of S minister; Baptist deacon; Charismatic leadership team member. In other words, one of the last people who would be a "natural" suppporter of Rome in any shape, manner, or form!)
a h 26/12/2008 19:03
Just a pity they worship idols, teach the doctines of devils, venerate the profane; Historically they cover up sexual abuse, take payments for the dead in purgatory, pray to the dead, torture dissenters and help SS war criminals escape to South America at the end of WW2.

Good job they've redeemed themselves eh?
Peter Carr (Guest) 30/12/2008 16:39
I find the Popes comments in relation to homosexuality and the rain forests sadly lacking in biblical insight concerning the fall of humanity and the sad and devestating marks that sin has left on the human race (Cf. Rom 1: 18 ff). His comments are also lacking in an adequate theology of sin, not to mention severely lacking in Grace!!

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