[02.18.08] A group of Australian pastors recently issued an apology to the gay and lesbian community for not accepting them within their churches reports abc.net.
“We really recognize that the church has been completely silent on the issue of embracing a homosexual community and if anything actually, has been quite hostile,” said pastor Mike Hercock, a spokesman for the group called 100 Revs.
Hercock says homosexuals are more likely to suffer from depression, which he believes is directly correlated to the church’s treatment of the community.
In recent months Sydney’s Anglican bishops have vowed to pull out of a top global meeting this year because of the church’s acceptance of gay bishops and same-sex marriages.
Other leaders, however, claim the church at large has continuously reached out to homosexuals.
“The church is loving to all individuals and all groups, but it can’t compromise on biblical truth as revealed by the Creator,” says Fred Nile, a former minister who resigned from the Uniting Church after it ordained a homosexual minister.