Memorial 80

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL CONCERNS: Human Sexuality

Whereas, The Wesleyan Church holds a strong biblical view of human sexuality that runs counter to current cultural trends;

Whereas, The apostle Paul advised gentleness and kindness in administering strong counsel (Gal. 6:1; 1 Tim. 2:24); and

Whereas, Even while maintaining our strong position, we recognize the value in communicating our views in a less harsh manner;

Resolved, That paragraph 410:5 of The Discipline be edited in the following manner:

(5) Human Sexuality. The Wesleyan Church abhors the trend to ignore God's laws of chastity and purity, and vigorously opposes public acceptance of sexual promiscuity and all factors and practices which promote it. The Wesleyan Church maintains a biblical view of human sexuality which makes the sexual experience, within the framework of marriage, a gift of God to be enjoyed as communion of a man and woman, as well as for the purpose of procreation. Sexual relationships outside of marriage and sexual relationships between persons of the same sex are immoral and sinful. The depth of the sinfulness of homosexual practice is recognized, and yet Yet we believe the grace of God sufficient to overcome both the practice of such activity and the perversion inclination leading to its practice.

COMMITTEE ON MEMORIALS

Wayne A. MacBeth, Secretary

Committee on Memorials

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