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A New Command

Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International
Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International
296 Signatures Goal: 250



Of all the distinctives that might define Christians, Jesus identified only one thing that will distinguish his followers:
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35

We recognize, however, that we have fallen short of Jesus' vision for his followers--particularly with respect to our lesbian and gay sisters and brothers. We confess that as a church, we have failed to demonstrate Jesus' love in our interactions with the LGBTI members of our community.

For that reason, we, the undersigned, call on our fellow Seventh-day Adventists to extend the love and grace of Jesus to the homosexual individuals in our Adventist family in the following ways:

1. Acknowledging that a homosexual orientation is most often determined before birth and/or very soon after, by a complex combination of physiological and environmental factors that are beyond the individual's control.
2. Rejecting as a form of violence any programs that attempt to change or redirect one’s sexual orientation, recognizing that orientation is highly unlikely to change and that such attempts have caused deep trauma, even leading some to become suicidal.

3. Acting deliberately and decisively to prevent judgmental and condemning attitudes and actions against homosexual individuals.

4. Providing our homosexual sisters and brothers not only a place in our pews, but also a space on our platforms, allowing all of the gifts God has given them to be used to honor and serve God.

5. Fully integrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members of the Adventist Church into the life of the church community.

These things we resolve to do in Jesus' name, for the sake of the Body of Christ.

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  • Connie Washburn
    Connie Washburn United States, San Jose
    Oct 14, 2014
    Oct 14, 2014
    Like many Christians, I never really researched or questioned the Biblical and historical stance on homosexuality. More horrifying though is that I never took the time to consider that our church was judging and causing our homosexual members pain and fear. May God open all of eyes to accept and love everyone without judgment.
  • James Todd
    James Todd United States, Mariposa
    Mar 31, 2014
    Mar 31, 2014
    I grew up in an SDA home and attended SDA schools through my junior year of college. 20 years ago when I retired from my carrer at General Motors Executive Office, I was hired as organist/choir director at a no-denominational church and subsequently decided to become a member of that church.

    About ten years ago that church voted to become a Reconciling United Methodist church.

    Now at age 82, I remain the church organist and an active member of New Community UMC.
  • A.K. Ross
    A.K. Ross Canada, Calgary
    Mar 18, 2014
    Mar 18, 2014
    It is time that our beloved church starts loving all people like Jesus did, and does, and always will do!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mar 01, 2014
    Mar 01, 2014
    All manner of sin can be forgiven, provided we admit our wrongdoing, repent, and turn away from it. This a lustful desires and practices. God bless a man and a women. This is and end time sin. Repent and sin no more said Jesus. You are fighting against the Spirit of the Lord. We are not save in our sin. The power of the Holy Spirit can give us the freedom of our sin. Jean-Guy
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    Samantha Washburn United States
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    Connie Washburn
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    Herb Montgomery
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    Mykal Shannon
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    Olivia Bankhead United States
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    James Todd
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    A.K. Ross
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    Deidra Watson United States
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