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January 05, 2016

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More specifically: would you allow them to take communion and what would be you consider an appropriate response to public displays of affection at the church by gay or lesbian visitors,( hugging, holding hands, arms around each other, kissing). Etc.

So...just how would you identify a homosexual who comes to your church? Is that in your book as well?

Two practical examples of how this can be worked out practically:

Rosaria Butterfield's experience and testimony involves how the church treated her.

Michael Brown, whose church was warned about homosexual activists coming to demonstrate outside, with his whole church greeted them with refreshments and a heartfelt invitation to join them inside. The activists didn't have the heart to demonstrate against people who would greet their hostility with such kindness.

Tim,
As a rule anyone who considers themselves to not be a Christian should be asked to not partake of communion. Of course, some may wrongly think of themselves as Christians, in a cultural sense. But the Church is not asked to be a communion police.

Public affection - hugging, holding hands, arms around each other - I think it comes to motive. In some countries you will find guys doing those things and there is absolutely no inference about sexual attraction. Kissing - well, that is obviously sinful. Someone would have to ask them to not indulge in that and seek council. Thats when the grenade's pin is pulled. After that you can be assured that folks will try to make the biggest drama of the whole situation.

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