Skip to comments.Do Evangelical Churches Have to Accept Gay Marriage to Attract Millennials?
Posted on 07/12/2014 10:29:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Must Evangelical churches change or downplay their position on homosexuality to attract millennials?
Millennials, generally defined as those ages 18 to mid-30s, are the most supportive of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, many polls show. A recent Public Religion Research Institute poll had their support at 69 percent, the highest of any age group.
Even among self-described Evangelicals, the millennials showed the highest level of support at 43 percent (though the poll only included white Evangelicals), compared to 33 percent for generation X, 22 percent for Baby Boomers and 19 percent for those 68 and older. The poll also found that 70 percent of millennials "believe that religious groups are alienating young adults by being too judgmental about gay and lesbian issues."
Some Evangelicals have pointed to this and similar studies to argue that Evangelical churches need to end their opposition to same-sex marriage or they will die off.
The church's "obsessions with opposing gay marriage," Evangelical author Rachel Held Evans wrote in March for CNN as she pointed out the PRRI report, is one of the reasons "evangelicalism is losing a generation to the culture wars."
Other media outlets appear eager to report that Evangelicals will end their opposition to same-sex marriage and stop teaching that homosexuality is a sin. "Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage: And the Bible isn't getting in their way," religion reporter Jim Hinch wrote Monday for Politico.
For evidence that Evangelicals are changing their minds on gay marriage, Hinch points to Pew Research polling showing that support for same-sex marriage among white Evangelical Protestants jumped 10 percentage points, from 13 to 23 percent, from 2001 to 2014.
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Rachel Held Evans is a completely obsessed about queers faghag.
Because it is NOT about them only. They are the ones hitting "the real world" and starting to realize the world does not revolve around them excursively, and frankly most are intolerant to anything that does not.
Did the first Church accept such things? No; they preached the Gospel, and they knew it would not be a popular message.
More like the “young adults” are alienating themselves to the truth.
Churches who adapt to Political Correctness end up dying. But the poison is to sweet to avoid.
excursively umm ok got to love auto correct. “Exclusively”
Is inviting Satan to join the choir the Christian thing to do?
This is such a deceptive message.
Whenever they talk about democracy or “attracting” or what science says, they really mean what churches should be forced to accept..
They first presume their stuff is great and then find out they are part of a scam rejected by others and they start attacking after that.
When millennials are head of the church instead of Christ, it will no longer be church.
Indeed, a church is about ministering the truth, not acceptance. gays are welcome if they accept the ministry and testimony of each. This is a blatant attempt at muzzling and shutting up other congregants who have a different word from God to them.
These people are truly of the seed of Soddom and Satan, horrible.
If homosexuality is not a sin, then is there such thing is any sexual sin? If there is no such thing as a sexual sin, then how serious are other sins such as pride?
If we are guilty of committing few sins and those we commit are not serious, then why do we need Christ or the church?
Millenials have more authority than the church, so the church must follow the Millenials?
If Gertrude Stein accused Hemingway’s generation of being The Lost Generation, I can’t imagine what she’d call the millenials.
I’d just call them the Illenials.
They want force people to have sex and be perverted, doing the sins for them... Who needs a pedophile scandal when it is the norm to reward a child for sinning for them.
America needs a Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
No, it will be a mosque where little kids are praised and rewarded for performing sexual acts and suicide/abortion bombings for the imams.
These people are retarded... They really have an evil retarded mind and they compulsively use their wits only for lies and power.
Our current Church has a thriving young adult population. We teach only the word of God. Speaks to everyone at a different level.
Does the Word of God step on toes? You bet it does! Watering down the Word into a feel good tell you what you want to hear message will fill the seats. The hard to swallow stuff truth is what makes you better person. It is also what drives people away.
No Church that follows the word of God can accept gay marriage or abortion. Even though much of America has surrendered to the abortionists I believe abortion is a more serious matter. America is now drenched in the blood of millions of its aborted babies. This is not the blood our country needs to be soaked in right now.
The one saving grace here is that all this foolishness makes it easier to figure out where the real churches are.
I am a church going Catholic, indulging in the homosexual lifestyle is a Mortal Sin! We are talking about Eternal Damnation. Accepting the “gay” lifestyle and same sex marriage is dancing on the edge of going to Hell.
The question itself presupposes that churches are no more than entertainment businesses that have to tailor their “basic tenets” to whatever draws the most customers.
I came across a show about religion this morning. The speaker said that churches decided politics was dirty and they had no business getting involved. This was in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He said many things happened to get laws passed that were not good for Christians. We were silent far too long. It is way past time for mainline churches to make our views known. Everything he said made sense.
obviously not, but based on the millennials I’ve talked to, they nearly unanimously think being gay is just fine and dandy, so that’s why the churches are doing it. And some of the national denominations are being told to do it by their hierarchy. That’s why for example, many UMC churches have the fag flag flying.
it is not up to a church to “accept gay marriage” (sic!)
a Christian church cannot accept ‘gay marriage” (sic) and remain a Christian church
(some good Christian church needs to file a lawsuit or trademark complaint case ... against any formerly Christian church which “adopts gay marriage” for any reason — let’s at least have these outfits adopt honest labels, names for themselves and STOP trying to masquarade as Christian churches anymore.... they can call themselves Homosexual Recreation Centers, Male Pleasure Palaces, or even “Gay” GloryHoles..... whatever they want .... as long as they stop calling themselves Churches!)
Better question: Should millenials change their support of sodomy to avoid offending a holy God?
If they want to die like the PCUSA
Guess those churches won’t condemn any sin then...don’t want to alienate the sinners. So then pastors can commit adultery with a member of the church, divorce his wife, shack up with that pig then marry in big church wedding. An offense to God welcomed by apostates.
and yet it grew in spite of that.
I agree....preach the full Word and God will honor His Word.
The purpose of the church is not to “attract” anyone. It is to worship and serve The Lord Jesus Christ faithfully and obediently. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to draw (”attract”) lost sinners to repentance.
We are warned that the 'man of lawlessness' (2 Thessalonians 2) will not appear until the Apostasy (1 Timothy 4) comes first.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!(Isaiah 5:20).
I would not want to be the pastor of one of these apostasy churches who will have to stand before The Lord and give an accounting of his actions.
Ask the Episcopal Church USA, Presbyterians Church USA, United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, etc., how their membership rolls have been since they "embraced same sex marriage". Any "millennials" beating down the door to join those "churches"
They shouldn’t be concerned about attracting men, they should be concerned about living by God’s Word.
Some of the wisest words I ever heard about evangelism were - you have to catch the fish before you clean them.
Change the heart (spirit) first, and a lot of these sinful desires fade away. Religion has been fighting in the flesh. We win war in the spirit. Preach the Word, love the people, and let the Holy Spirit do its work to change the folks.
Depends on what you're looking for.
If you want to build YOUR church, probably.
If you want to build the body of Christ, not a chance.
You cannot compromise on sin. It is doing no one any favors.
This going along to get along routine is getting old. The Bible clearly states that as believers we are to get off our duffs and spread the Good News. . .not just invite them into a building! I heard a sermon yesterday that explicitly stated that we are to be like Paul and run the race to the end. . .not sit on a false sense of security. Notice verse 20 Jesus said commanded you NOT suggested to you.
Matthew 28:16-20King James Version (KJV)
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Exactly. If embracing homosexuality is the ticket to church growth, then the PCUSA and other liberal denominations should be bursting with growth. Instead they’re dying out.
Perhaps the question should be asked:
why would someone who embraces homosexuality want to worship someone who taught this:
‘And He answered and said to them, Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female,and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.’(words of Christ from Matthew 19:4-6.)
Exactly. The millenials are not conceived by the Holy Ghost, they are not born of a virgin and didn’t suffer under Pontius Pilate and weren’t crucified, dead, and buried and never rose from the dead and never ascended into heaven and never sat at the right hand of God the Father Almighty and never will come to judge the living and the dead.
Therefore, they do not meet the qualifications for head of the Christian church.
Exactly. According to the logic of these folks, those denominations should by definition be bursting at the seams with members. Isn’t happening is it?
BOY, do they have a LOT of growing up to do.
It will be very painful for the TRULY spoiled. Where was their father to implant BACKBONE. My daddy did so with me.
It REALLY helped to a have a faith that taught what the parents were trying to inculcate.
The Catholic Church taught that sin was BAD, not a "repercussion of upbringing" or a "personal choice of what I decide is "right and wrong."
Catholic Church = moral absolutes
Pope Benedict had it right by saying that the greatest scourge of our century was MORAL RELATIVISM.
Bingo. The Panzer Pope nailed it.
Pope Benedict said that the greatest scourge of our century was MORAL RELATIVISM, or as you said, "evil is good."
The PANZER POPE nailed it.
Ironically, most of those “Christian” denominations that celebration abortion and homosexuality are suffering from an aging elderly white population, and they’re not getting any new members to replace the older ones that die off. Conservative traditional Christians are also leaving churches like the Episcopalians in droves. Worse, they can’t even get liberal members of churches who support traditional marriage (Catholics, Southern Baptists, etc.) to jump ship to a “tolerant” mainline protestant church.
No. In fact, they’d do a lot to further the survival of the flock by actively promoting traditional marriage AND having children.
Encouraging family formation creates a buffer against the political system.
Encouraging traditional family formation will offset the bad life outcomes that go up three to ten times in likelihood when there is a married father in the home. Everything from poverty to addiction to mental illness to crime are far more likely in broken homes, and all are most likely in unmarried homes. You can’t say “do what is best, be married as husband and wife” and support it if you also support homosexual unions.
Promoting traditional marriage has the additional benefit of increasing the number of likely members in 20 years. Two men married to each other are a PC photo op, but 95% won’t have kids, and those that do are bloody unlikely to fit into a traditional church in our culture.
We need a system akin to Christian arranged marriages, with all adults consenting, of course. Help many religious individuals find like minded mates, whereas many religious men are pushed out of church by the groups seeking to promote feminism and too many girls assume they are going to marry a minister.
A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? No.
Defying the secular culture, churchgoing Christians are sticking to Biblical teaching. ..
Regnerus surveyed 15,378 persons between the ages of 18 and 60, but he focuses in particular on respondents under 40. Significantly, Regnerus did the important work of differentiating between those who identify merely verbally with a particular religious tradition and those who actually attend church weekly.
While support for same-sex marriage characterized a solid majority of those identifying as atheists, agnostics, liberal Catholics, and liberal Protestants, only 11 percent of young Evangelicals actively expressed support for same-sex marriage.
Approximately 6 percent of religiously active Evangelicals expressed support for abortion rights, while over 70 percent of their non-believing peer group said they believed in abortion rights.
Evangelical Christians were also drastically less likely to believe that cohabitation is a good idea. While upward of 70 percent of those who claim no religious affiliation or those who are spiritual but not religious agree that cohabitation is acceptable, approximately 5 percent of Evangelicals agreed that cohabitation is acceptable. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/
DO NOT BEND! HOMOSEXUALITY IS WRONG!
Accepting the gay lifestyle and same sex marriage is dancing on the edge of going to Hell.
...I guess someone forgot to tell the seminaries that vital piece of information in the first postconciliar decade...
Any “millennials” beating down the door to join those “churches”
...plenty of these millennials are joining the mega churches, where worship consists of having song and fun, and ‘preaching’ is meant to be ‘interpretive’...
...by the way, all denominational churches, in addition to the ones you named, are suffering from this poaching...