Just received this letter from the national office of the Assemblies of God, the network of churches we are affiliated with at LifePoint. I thought the content was very good and worth posting here on my blog. Dr. George Wood is the general superintendent of the AG. I thought this was particularly applicable to us because of the debate on this issue currently taking place in our state. I fully agree with Dr. Wood, and you can consider this an official position that we wholeheartedly affirm at LPC.
Dear NWMN Minister,
The article below was released Thu, 10 May 2012 – 10:50 AM CST via AG News.
The Assemblies of God, in reaction to President Barack Obama’s embracing of same-sex marriage, is voicing its dissent and objection. According to Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, the Assemblies of God is in complete disagreement with the president’s new position and takes exception to the president’s taking Scripture out of context to defend his position.
“The Bible clearly teaches that marriage should be a life-long commitment between one man and one woman,” states Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. “There is no affirmation of homosexual behavior found anywhere in Scripture. However, the Bible is replete with evidence that homosexual behavior is immoral and comes under the judgment of God.”
The president also referred to the Bible, claiming Christ sacrificing himself for mankind and the golden rule as reasons for endorsing same-sex marriage.
“Although it has become popular to quote Scripture grossly out of context to serve a personal or political agenda, it still doesn’t change what God’s Word clearly states,” Wood says.
Wood adds that in light of what Scripture says, Christians should not be surprised by individuals and groups twisting Scripture, citing, 2 Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
In the Assemblies of God’s official position paper on homosexuality, it states, “We believe, in the light of biblical revelation, that the growing cultural acceptance of homosexual identity and behavior, male and female, is symptomatic of a broader spiritual disorder that threatens the family, the government, and the church.”
The paper also states, “Not only do the Scriptures condemn more flagrant examples of homosexual violence and promiscuity, they also provide no support for the popular modern idea that loving and committed homosexual relationships between two long-term partners are morally acceptable. Homosexual activities of every kind are contrary to the moral commandments God has given us.”
Wood adds that it’s important for Christians to not underestimate the implications of a pro-homosexual, pro-abortion president, and what it means for the church. “In no time in our nation have we ever needed to pray more for our political leaders and this country than we need to today,” Wood says.