STATEMENT: Pope’s embrace of blessings for same-sex couples defies God and rejects Scripture

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December 19, 2023

In light of the Vatican granting formal approval for Catholic priests to bless same-sex couples, the Conservative Baptist Network reiterates its commitment to marriage and all sexual intimacy as confined by God’s design and order to one man and one woman for life.

While the Catholic Church said in yesterday’s announcement that it wants to avoid creating confusion, saying that the blessings for same-sex couples should not be given in conjunction with ceremonies of holy matrimony, confusion is exactly what the Pope has infused into the discussion of God’s prescription for marriage.

God’s plan for marriage and sexual relations is not confusing or unclear in Scripture, and saying otherwise reveals a preference for one’s own ideas and desires above God’s. Adding nuance and making distinction between marriage and the acts of marriage is unhelpful at best and diabolic at worst.

The Conservative Baptist Network calls upon Christians not to capitulate to culture’s skewing of marriage and sexuality.

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” – Hebrews 13:4