Summary of 1979 Report to General Synod on Homosexuality

In 1979 the Theological Commission focused its attention on how the church should offer care and support to homosexuals. The commission's report to General Synod (MGS 1979, pp. 128-135) concluded that:

  • "Heterosexuality is not only normal; it is normative. Homosexual acts are contrary to the will of God for human sexuality."
  • "While avoiding simplistic and obnoxious social crusades, the church must affirm through its preaching and pastoral ministry that homosexuality is not an acceptable alternative lifestyle. God's gracious intent for human sexual fulfillment is the permanent bond of heterosexual love. This redemptive word must be spoken, with sensitivity, caring, and clarity to any person who would make a perverted sexual choice, and to society as a whole."
  • "It is one matter to affirm that self-chosen homosexual acts are sinful. It is quite another to reject, defame, and excoriate the humanity of the person who performs them. This distinction has often been missed. It is possible and necessary on biblical grounds to identify homosexuality as a departure from God's intent. However...there are no theological grounds on which a homosexual may be singled out for a greater measure of judgement. All persons bear within them the marks of the fall."
  • "The denial of human and civil rights to homosexuals is inconsistent with the biblical witness and Reformed theology."