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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

US churches feel beat of change: More diversity, more drums

Prophecy Sign:  Growing apostasy in the last days Church

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3 NIV

US churches feel beat of change: More diversity, more drums
U.S. religious congregations are marching to their own drums now more than ever. The National Congregations Study‘s latest look at the country’s churches, synagogues and mosques — the third wave of studies that began in 1998 — finds more congregations:
Open their doors to gays and lesbians in active membership and in leadership.
Show racial and ethnic diversity in the pews.
Encourage hand-waving, amen-shouting, and dancing-in-the-aisles during worship.
Disconnect from denominational ties doctrines and rules that might slow or block change.
Duke University sociology professor Mark Chaves, who directed the study, said he was “surprised” by how much the acceptance of gays and lesbians has risen since 2006, the first time the study asked about gay involvement in religious congregational life.

Progressive Evangelicals Launch Campaign To Expand Christian Support For Same-Sex Marriage
As more states affirm same-sex marriage, U.S. evangelicals continue to wrestle with homosexuality, setting boundaries for what’s acceptable and what’s not, and setting the stage for a heated fall election season. This week, things got hotter.
A new group called Evangelicals for Marriage Equality launched Tuesday (Sept. 9) and is collecting signatures from evangelicals who support same-sex marriage. Its advisory board includes author and speaker Brian McLaren, former National Association of Evangelicals vice president Richard Cizik, and former USAID faith adviser Chris La Tondresse. Cizik resigned from his NAE position over his support for same-sex civil unions. “Our organization is not taking a theological position on the issue of the sacrament of marriage,” said spokesman Brandan Robertson. “We just want evangelicals to see that it is possible to hold a plethora of beliefs about sexuality and marriage while affirming the rights of LGBTQ men and women to be civilly married under the law.”

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