DR Church synod’s decision on same sex unions

I am saddened by the recent decision of the General Synod of the NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church) on same sex unions.  This official decision (9 October 2019) will only serve to create confusion around what the Bible teaches on the subject and thus be spiritually unhelpful, misleading and dangerous to people.
 
The decision refers to the appointment of office bearers and the acceptance of members regardless of “sexual orientation and identity”. 
 
The Bible never condemns sexual orientation, but only sinful sexual practice.  Christians may struggle with homosexual temptation or heterosexual temptation, but refuse to act on their temptation and desire.  This fight against temptation is to be commended.
 
The Bible also calls us not to place our identity in our sexuality, or in anything else, except in Christ.  
 
Thus the phrase “sexual orientation and identity” is unhelpful and misleading.  
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Congregation chooses hate above love

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Die Kerkbode, the official newspaper of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa (DRC/NGK), published an article on 18 February 2019 entitled, “Congregation chooses ‘love instead of fear’ with the appointing of gay minister”.

The article’s title is terribly misleading.

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Homosexuality isn’t the same as Apartheid

UPDATED On Sunday 14 July 2019, the Dutch Reformed Church in Stellenberg appointed a minister who is in a same-sex relationship.

While many applaud this as a bold move towards the light, many of us are saddened by this deliberate move away from the clear teaching of the Bible. We are saddened by the attempted redefinition of sin and, therefore, the redefinition of repentance (turning from sin).

The Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa voted in 2015 to permit those in same-sex relationships to serve as ministers.  The synod also voted to permit same-sex unions to be blessed in Dutch Reformed churches. That decision was then appealed in 2016. 

On 8 March 2019 the appeal was upheld and the DRC reverted back to the 2015 pro-LGBTQ decision.

At present the DRC is experiencing huge turmoil as the issue of sexuality continues to be debated.1

Many of those who were pleased with the synod’s original  decision to permit same-sex marriage equate discrimination towards those who practice homosexuality as essentially the same as the discrimination towards black people under Apartheid.

For them, the 2015 synod’s decision was a great moment of liberation to be celebrated.2

However, homosexuality is not the new apartheid.

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