The statement "affirms marriage as a covenantal union between a man and a woman" and states "that outside of the boundaries of marriage, the Bible calls for abstinence. Homosexuality and Presbyterianism. Houston Chronicle. However, even in denouncing homosexual behavior, he called for empathy and compassion from followers. Moral conscience requires that, in every occasion, Christians give witness to the whole moral truth, which is contradicted both by approval of homosexual acts and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons. The denomination commissioned a study on the "peace, unity, and purity" of the church which found that homosexuality was not, in and of itself, a stumbling block to ordination. Assemblies of God USA.
Assembly Actions on the Matter of Homosexuality ".
The task group will report to the Conference inand again no later than One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. We must speak the truth in love to our fellow men and women, and there can be no love that denies the truth. No .
But tolerance of the reality of homosexual unions, and even the disapproval of discrimination against people because they engage in sinful sexual behavior, is different from the elevation of that behavior to something protected by the force of the law:.