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“Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”

– 1 Corinthians 10:22

The pope has spoken out about homosexuals. He endorse a civil union. In a comparison with Swedish gay politics ( I am from Sweden), he has thus reached the year 1994, when the law on civil unions for homosexuals came into force.
In a comparison with the sources of Protestantism, perhaps Swedish Protestants (and protestants generally) can be said to have a bit left until the year 1520, when Martin Luther had the pamphlet “On the Church’s Babylonian captivity” published. He then said that the Roman Catholic Church had fallen into a Babylonian captivity, from which she must be freed. Hence the Reformation.
One of the seven sacraments is Marriage. Interestingly, Luther also dealt with that sacrament. He believed that this, together with the Church’s celibacy requirements for priests, created an impossible situation, which often developed into homosexuality among priests.
The sacramental view of marriage thus remains in the doctrines

of the Roman Catholic Church, and when the pope speaks in recognition of civil unions, some Catholics fear that he will cause change in marriage itself, depriving it of its sacramental status as a relationship exclusively between a man and a woman.

Two examples of that reactions:

An American bishop, Thomas of Rhode Island, has asked for more clarification from the pope:
The Church cannot support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships. Individuals with same-sex attraction are beloved children of God and must have their personal human rights and civil rights recognized and protected by law. However, the legalization of their civil unions, which seek to simulate holy matrimony, is not admissible

French Le Monde: “Though the sovereign pope tries to open up to homosexual couples by outright confirming that they are welcome in the Catholic Church, he still remains very determined against their entering a religious marriage, which necessarily only takes place between a man and a woman “.

And one example of the opposite reaction:

A pastor and professor at Fordham University who is gay himself says: “Yes. I personally – and I know many others, gay and lesbian persons and those who are allies and who love us – would want the church to be able to one day recognize the loving commitments of LGBTQ persons in the sacrament of marriage

The discussion is on… ?

Is the “sacramentally valid”, gay wedding ring a political “ring of power” that somehow attracts the pope ?

Be watchful for the next step !

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Hopefully, the gospel will prevail over church politics –  “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel ..”   ( 2 Tim. 2:8)
               Some links on this case: Credo, Voanews, Reuters

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What may be the worst Church-split in Orthodoxy ever..

 

 

   Update 2018 10 18:  A short video with english subtitles from the pressbriefing after the Russian Church’s Synod in Minsk the 15th of October

 

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“Jesus of Nazareth … Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”

 

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(Picture below:)  Lovisa with her grandmother in the kitchen in our Christian community in the Maranatha Church in Stockholm, Sweden, where also I live. She is one of the children that are homeschooled by her parents. For this reason the parents must pay fines.

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According to the new swedish school-law (since 2010), the way to make an application for homeschooling is made so narrow, that it is almost impossible to get permission. Homeschooling families have left Sweden for this reason, and have moved to neighbouring Finland and other countries.

In our Church the homeschooling families have so far stayed within the borders of the Country, and are wrestling with the common day-to-day issues, and also with the problems that the new laws are creating.

When believers in our Church first started out with homeschooling in 1977, the laws were very good, because they did encourage rather than discourage the couples who wanted to home school their children. Since then has taken place – during a number of opposite political majorities in the swedish Parliament –  an altogether strange change for the worse.

 

What do the parents who are homeschooling their children in our Church teach them, so that the swedish authorities found it plausible to punish them ?

– To read the Bible and to believe in Jesus Christ, and to be able to speak and write in swedish, among other subjects.

Home-school ban in Sweden forces families to mull leaving (The Washington Times , July 2010)

HSLDA International  (where bad news from Sweden are not rarely heard)

Black parents are homeschooling their children to avoid racism (Quartz, April 2015)

Samhället förföljer hemundervisande familjer (in swedish Nov. 2014))