OneEastern fully supports and applauds the Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo, and we thank God for today’s statement.
Today, the Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo released a statement calling for the full inclusion of sexual minorities in the Church.
“It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation, and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church.”
In regards to marriage, Campolo argues, “God intends married partners to help actualize in each other the ‘fruits of the spirit.'”
Further, Campolo compared the Church’s current stance on sexuality to other issues the Church has wrestled with stating:
“I am old enough to remember when we in the Church made strong biblical cases for keeping women out of teaching roles in the Church, and when divorced and remarried people often were excluded from fellowship altogether on the basis of scripture. Not long before that, some Christians even made biblical cases supporting slavery. Many of those people were sincere believers, but most of us now agree that they were wrong. I am afraid we are making the same kind of mistake again, which is why I am speaking out.