Evangelicals form network to support gay and lesbian Christians
A new network has been formed by Evangelicals who believe the time has come to move towards the acceptance of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships.
Accepting Evangelicals has been set up for those Evangelical Christians who are increasingly uncomfortable with the hard-line statements being issued by some Evangelical groups. Noting the damage that this has caused to "both to the church and the mission of the Gospel", the network seeks to operate at every level of church life, and develop a 'positive Christian ethic' for gay and lesbian people.
People are currently being invited to join the new network which is open both to those who believe that the "Bible does not condemn loving, faithful same-sex relationships which are built on mutual commitment and self-giving love", but also to those who, although they do not personally hold such a view, "are willing to accept the integrity of those who do".
The Network will present a challenge to other Evangelical groups such as the Evangelical Alliance, which claims to represent a million Evangelicals in the UK, but which had until now have rejected same-sex partnerships as legitimate for Christians.
The Courage Trust which works to support Lesbian and Gay Evangelicals had to leave the Evangelical Alliance because of its support for same-sex relationships.
Accepting Evangelicals has however said that it intends to engage constructively with Evangelicals who oppose the acceptance of such relationships. But it also intends to redress public perceptions that all Evangelicals are opposed to same-sex relationships.