Hope United Church of Christ supports...

Hope United Church of Christ supports gay pride

There are 564 comments on the Naperville Sun story from Jul 10, 2010, titled Hope United Church of Christ supports gay pride. In it, Naperville Sun reports that:

Retaining its warm and welcoming reputation as a community church, Hope United Church of Christ in Naperville also is becoming a destination church -- an indication its mission is reaching others.

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Hate Liberal Churches

Bolingbrook, IL

#1 Jul 12, 2010
You got to love the UCC. One if not the most left wing churches there is. Bible, the thing that churches are suppose to hold true says homosex. is a sin. Yes I know there are many gladd people out there who will argue with this, but it is there in black and white. I guess the Bible is just a good story book for the UCC church
Chelmsford Kid

Randolph, MA

#2 Jul 12, 2010
Hate Liberal Churches wrote:
You got to love the UCC. One if not the most left wing churches there is. Bible, the thing that churches are suppose to hold true says homosex. is a sin. Yes I know there are many gladd people out there who will argue with this, but it is there in black and white. I guess the Bible is just a good story book for the UCC church
Thats all the bible is....a good story book. That's why it's called "The Greatest Story Ever Told".....you'd have to be a fool to believe in it verbatim......lol
Hate Liberal Churches

Bolingbrook, IL

#3 Jul 12, 2010
Chelmsford
We can argue over the validity of the Bible. You are not a believer I am. One of us is right... Time will tell. However, If you are a Christian church, by definition, you go by the Bible. To take the Bible and say well we will pick and choose which part we believe in is like playing a baseball game and enforcing some of the rules. You now have 9 outs per inning that way everyone gets a chance to bat. I know the rules state 3 outs per inning but we will just ignore that one.
Minooka Dude

Joliet, IL

#4 Jul 12, 2010
Dear "hate Liberal Churches",

Try a little of Leviticus 19:17, it'll blow your mind.
Hate Liberal Churches

Bolingbrook, IL

#5 Jul 12, 2010
Minooka Dude wrote:
Dear "hate Liberal Churches",
Try a little of Leviticus 19:17, it'll blow your mind.
Ah but I do not hate my brother...The Bibe teaches to hate the sin not the sinner. So leviticaus is a great passage, unrelated to the act of homosexuality but stil a greate passage.
Go w God and go in peace

“Fight bigotry.”

Since: Feb 07

Toms River, NJ

#6 Jul 12, 2010
Hatred is not of God, it's of your own failings, your own fear, your discrimination. Don't blame it on God.
Hate Liberal Churches wrote:
<quoted text>
Ah but I do not hate my brother...The Bibe teaches to hate the sin not the sinner. So leviticaus is a great passage, unrelated to the act of homosexuality but stil a greate passage.
Go w God and go in peace
Hate Liberal Churches

Bolingbrook, IL

#7 Jul 12, 2010
ACLU-Tom wrote:
Hatred is not of God, it's of your own failings, your own fear, your discrimination. Don't blame it on God.
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I am simply going by the bible which is, to the Christian Religion, Gods word.
Where have I discriminated here?... Did I deny a homo anything because he/she is gay. No. I simply stated a fact the the Bible is against Homosex. There for any church which describes their belief as Chrisian, and yet supports homosex. goes against the Bible the "support"
Nice try aclu.. but once again you and your group try to put labels where th ere are none to be had
Frank Stanton

Saratoga Springs, NY

#8 Jul 12, 2010
I've been a UCC member for 15 years. Our church was founded 152 years ago. In the past 20 years, we have had one gay male pastor, and 2 lesbian pastors. About 1/3 of the church members are openly gay or lesbian.

Our church building is 122 years old, and we proudly fly a large Gay Pride Flag from the steeple 24 hours a day, each day of the year.

Members of our church march proudly with our church banner in the local gay Pride Parade each year.

:)

Our church motto is: "As Christians we welcome all. Pull up a seat and grab a beer !"

:)

“II Samuel 1:26”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#9 Jul 12, 2010
Hate Liberal Churches wrote:
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I am simply going by the bible which is, to the Christian Religion, Gods word.
Where have I discriminated here?... Did I deny a homo anything because he/she is gay. No. I simply stated a fact the the Bible is against Homosex. There for any church which describes their belief as Chrisian, and yet supports homosex. goes against the Bible the "support"
Nice try aclu.. but once again you and your group try to put labels where th ere are none to be had
The Bible is not against homosexuality. Where did you ever get that idea from?
Voice of Reason

Joliet, IL

#10 Jul 13, 2010
Not sure where you get that a church is against this or that.

One thing that we learn is that the Lord Jesus Christ, died for our sins. Regardless of what they are. As long as we reach out to him, our sins will be forgiven.
Hate Liberal Churches

Bolingbrook, IL

#11 Jul 13, 2010
Frank Stanton wrote:
I've been a UCC member for 15 years. Our church was founded 152 years ago. In the past 20 years, we have had one gay male pastor, and 2 lesbian pastors. About 1/3 of the church members are openly gay or lesbian.
Our church building is 122 years old, and we proudly fly a large Gay Pride Flag from the steeple 24 hours a day, each day of the year.
Members of our church march proudly with our church banner in the local gay Pride Parade each year.
:)
Our church motto is: "As Christians we welcome all. Pull up a seat and grab a beer !"
:)
Hey if you want to belong to a church who do not abide by Biblical principles that is fine. Freedom of religion. I prefer to go to one where the Bible is seen as the word not just a good starting point
Chelmsford Kid

Randolph, MA

#12 Jul 13, 2010
I feel bad for you people who follow the bible literally.

You've never eaten lobster, shrimp, steamers or any other shellfish because the bible condemns it.

You've never worn mixed material clothing. All cotton, All wool.....how uncomfortable.

You are allowed to own slaves. What kind of religion condones owning another human being?

Glad I'm not Christian........as "Hate Liberal Churches" stated a few lines up:

"To take the Bible and say well we will pick and choose which part we believe in is like playing a baseball game and enforcing some of the rules."

So I guess it's all or nothing with you guyz. I myself love a nice bushell of steamers and steamed lobsters in the summertime. You'll NEVER know what you're missing........
Frank Stanton

Saratoga Springs, NY

#13 Jul 13, 2010
Hate Liberal Churches wrote:
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Hey if you want to belong to a church who do not abide by Biblical principles that is fine. Freedom of religion. I prefer to go to one where the Bible is seen as the word not just a good starting point
Oh, we don't use the bible. We got rid of all our old bibles years ago. We use "Pastor Laura's Poetry and Home Beermaking Guide".

:)
intheknow

Round Lake, IL

#14 Jul 13, 2010
don't ask, don't tell.
Wilmer

Romeoville, IL

#15 Jul 13, 2010
Chelmsford Kid wrote:
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Thats all the bible is....a good story book. That's why it's called "The Greatest Story Ever Told".....you'd have to be a fool to believe in it verbatim......lol
Only a fool says there is no GOD. This story book founded this free nation you live in now. Thanks to the story book you can attend school, go to the hospital, be proteced by the law of this nation under GOD. If this book is just a story book you should do your home work and see how this story book was founded. 39 authors, not just a story book, but 66 books, written over a period of 1,500 years, over 100 versions, written by political leaders, educated individuals under Pharao's palace, kings, tax collectors, composed in 3 differenet continents and 3 differnet languages hum..... I could go on and on. NOT JUST A STORY BOOK. THE GREASTES BOOK EVER WRITTEN. Soldiers carry it for protection, it transforms inmates into law abiding citizens. The problem with it is that it judges the heart of all mankind and people dont like that. The truth has to be measured, by what standard. The word of GOD. GOD BLESS.....
Frank Stanton

Saratoga Springs, NY

#16 Jul 13, 2010
Wilmer wrote:
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Only a fool says there is no GOD. This story book founded this free nation you live in now. Thanks to the story book you can attend school, go to the hospital, be proteced by the law of this nation under GOD. If this book is just a story book you should do your home work and see how this story book was founded. 39 authors, not just a story book, but 66 books, written over a period of 1,500 years, over 100 versions, written by political leaders, educated individuals under Pharao's palace, kings, tax collectors, composed in 3 differenet continents and 3 differnet languages hum..... I could go on and on. NOT JUST A STORY BOOK. THE GREASTES BOOK EVER WRITTEN. Soldiers carry it for protection, it transforms inmates into law abiding citizens. The problem with it is that it judges the heart of all mankind and people dont like that. The truth has to be measured, by what standard. The word of GOD. GOD BLESS.....
You haven't read Pastor Laura's poetry, have you ?

:(
Frank Stanton

Saratoga Springs, NY

#17 Jul 13, 2010
Hate Liberal Churches wrote:
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Ah but I do not hate my brother...The Bibe teaches to hate the sin not the sinner. So leviticaus is a great passage, unrelated to the act of homosexuality but stil a greate passage.
Go w God and go in peace
Why do people like you constantly use the tired phrase "Hate the sin, not the sinner" ? It is NOT Christian. Why do you insist that that phrase s a Christian command or belief ? You guys made it up ! Why do you use a stupid cliche that is not only NOT Christian, but not found anywhere at all in the bible ?

Are you on drugs ?!
Happy

Naperville, IL

#18 Jul 13, 2010
The Bible's stand is VERY clear on homosexuality. It is an abomination. Let's also be very clear - I believe every single word written in the Bible and I know my Savior loves me and every sinner out there. Even though God forgives our sins if we continue to blatantly sin then we are WRONG. It's useless to argue with people who do not believe. Homosexuals who are PRACTICING their lifestyle do not belong in the role of preacher or teacher. However those homosexuals who vow celibacy are forgiven their sins and are welcomed into the Kingdom of God forever. The right-wing liberals use the Bible for their own purposes. It is very easy to skew facts to prove baseless arguments based on the agenda of the persons pushing their beliefs and ideas. No one need to reply - I'm sure many can argue that I am wrong, however, I know I am not because I read my Bible and believe what it says. We all stand before God at our death - can you afford to be wrong in your belief that homosexuality is a God given blessing? I think not.

“II Samuel 1:26”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#19 Jul 13, 2010
Happy wrote:
The Bible's stand is VERY clear on homosexuality. It is an abomination. Let's also be very clear - I believe every single word written in the Bible and I know my Savior loves me and every sinner out there. Even though God forgives our sins if we continue to blatantly sin then we are WRONG. It's useless to argue with people who do not believe. Homosexuals who are PRACTICING their lifestyle do not belong in the role of preacher or teacher. However those homosexuals who vow celibacy are forgiven their sins and are welcomed into the Kingdom of God forever. The right-wing liberals use the Bible for their own purposes. It is very easy to skew facts to prove baseless arguments based on the agenda of the persons pushing their beliefs and ideas. No one need to reply - I'm sure many can argue that I am wrong, however, I know I am not because I read my Bible and believe what it says. We all stand before God at our death - can you afford to be wrong in your belief that homosexuality is a God given blessing? I think not.
It is??????? Where, pray tell, does it say any such thing??????

“II Samuel 1:26”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#20 Jul 13, 2010
It truly is a sad sad thing to see religious bigots trying to hide their very own bigotry behind G-d, the Bible, and Christianity. Furthermore, it does NOT work at all! They are actually quite transparent.

Nowhere in the Bible does it state that homosexuality is a sin!

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