ATTENTION!

Since July 4, we at the Emory Church of Christ have been asked time and again if we are associated with the United Church of Christ. This is no doubt due to the liberal stance this denomination has taken on same-sex marriages. The answer is NO! The United Church of Christ is an American denomination which was created in 1957 with the merger of the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church. Let us say once more, the Church of Christ is not now, nor has it ever been, a part of this denomination.

In relation to their endorsement of same-sex marriages, one of their own pulpit men said it better than we ever could: "This is truly Independence Day for the United Church of Christ. We have declared ourselves independent from the teachings of Jesus and the clear teaching of scripture."

Homosexuality in any form (man with man or woman with woman) is clearly condemned in the Holy Writ (Lev. 18:22, Lev. 20:13; Rom. 1:29–32). If you could see, as the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19), how God feels about such an abomination, I am quite sure they would tell you that it is condemned and God hates it. God is the Divine author of the home, and as Adam said, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh" (Gen. 1:23-24). Clearly God intended for there to be a permanent union between one man and one woman. If, in God's original design, He had created just two men or two women, there would be no human race in existence today. A Church and their so-called ministers may give their blessings to same-sex marriage, but God won't.


DAVID BAKER

for the Emory Church of Christ