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Principles

All people are created in the image of God and have inherent worth and value. As Christians we celebrate God's intention in creation, that sexual intimacy be reserved for the exclusive, life-long commitment of marriage, between one man and one woman. Recognizing humanity’s brokenness, we affirm the need for all people to engage in the journey towards wholeness in Christ including those dealing with sexual and gender identity questions. We uphold the biblical principle to love our neighbour and affirm that same-gender attracted people should be treated with the respect that is consistent with communicating the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The Issue

Since the Charter’s recognition of sexual orientation as a protected category in Canadian law, there have been tangible attempts, resulting from court cases and provincial human rights tribunals, to limit the religious freedoms already defined in the Charter. In particular, initiatives to draft hate crimes legislation on the basis of sexual orientation and the redefinition of marriage has put pressure on the religious freedom of Christian individuals and organizations who uphold biblical teaching about sexual practice. Even as we advocate for religious freedom in Canada, we are reminded that God has called the church to relate graciously to all people, including same-gender attracted people. The church is to provide a safe, supportive environment in which one can experience God’s healing love, as we guide all people to a restorative relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Issue: Sexual Orientation

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Looking for support on your personal journey? Try Reconnecting.ca, a site produced by New Direction Ministries of Canada.

   
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