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October 14, 1997
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October 3, 1997
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A question from Rick Parson of Greenwich, CT:
What is the Promise Keepers view on homosexuality? I know they talk about sexual purity, but what about monogamous male relationships? I know they also talk about no pre-marital sex... should they espouse gay marriage as a way for gay men to achieve sexual purity?
Reverend Alice Anderson responds:
My impression is that many in the leadership are violently opposed to homosexuality of any form regardless of the mutuality of relationships and the integrity of any of the individuals involved. They seem to be saying that embracing sexual purity would mean not acting on any homosexual orientation, God-given as it may be, in fact that only sex within heterosexual marriage is capable of being pure.
Coach McCartney led the movement in Colorado to pass Proposition 2 which would have severely abridged the civil rights of gays. Leaders in the PK movement are not neutral on this issue. They espouse an agenda that would prevent gay and lesbian people from having more power in our society and would severely limit some rights these individuals already enjoy.
Promise Keepers' Vice President Paul Edwards responds:
Promise Keepers shares the same historic stance taken by Evangelicals and Catholics: that sex is a good gift from God to be enjoyed in the context of marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that the Bible clearly teaches that the practice of homosexuality violates God's creative design for a husband and a wife and that it is a sin (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:24-27; I Corinthians 6:9-1 0). Moreover, the Bible states that any form of immoral behavior, sodomy, fornication, or adultery is an abomination to God. Therefore, Promise Keepers does not compromise its message to accommodate prevailing cultural norms.
Because we have experienced the love of Christ, we desire to share His love with all men. While we have clear convictions regarding the practice of homosexuality as a lifestyle, we invite homosexuals to be recipients of God's mercy, grace, and forgiveness, available to everyone through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We therefore support their being included and welcomed in all our events.