The British Prime Minister supports same-sex marriage and declared that churches are "locking out" homosexuals because the churches will only approve of marriage as the Bible teaches it. A representative of the Church of England objected to this mischaracterization, pointing out that homosexuals are welcome in churches:
He said the suggestion that the church was ‘locking out’ a section in the community was a “misinterpretation” of the church’s position.
“As Christians we advocate and show pastoral care and love to all in the community, following Christ’s command to love our neighbour as ourselves,” said Mr Thomas.
“However the church’s mission is to bring God’s word to God’s world. God designed marriage to be the union of one man and one woman, reflecting the union of Christ as bridegroom and his church his bride. That purpose will never change.
“God is not a person with whom even UK prime ministers can negotiate a more congenial set of commands.
“We utterly deny that by supporting the biblical definition of marriage anyone is being ‘locked out’ from meeting God through Jesus Christ and experiencing his transforming love.”
Christians' position on this is no different than any other sin. All of us are sinners and are welcomed, but all of us are also called to confess our sin and live lives under God's authority. No sinner is "locked out" of church. But when sinners come, the church under God's authority will offer them reconciliation with God through repentance, forgiveness, and grace on God's terms, not our own.