The Kuala Lumpur Statement on Human Sexuality - 2nd Encounter in the South, 10 to 15 Feb 97

The Kuala Lumpur Statement

Statement on Human Sexuality
  (2nd Anglican Encounter in the South, 10   to 15 February 1997)

God’s glory and loving purposes have been revealed in the creation of   humankind (Rom. 1:18; Gen. 1:36, 27). Among the multiplicty of his gifts we are   blessed with our sexuality.

  1. Since the Fall (Gen. 3), life has been impaired and God’s purposes spoilt.  Our fallen state has affected every sphere of our being, which includes our   sexuality. Sexual deviation has existed in every time and in most cultures.  Jesus’ teaching about lust in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:27-30) makes it   clear that sexual sin is a real danger and temptation to us all.
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  3. It is, therefore, with an awareness of our own vulnerability to sexual sin   that we express our profound concern about recent developments relating to   Church discipline and moral teaching in some provinces in the North -  specifically, the ordination of practicing homosexuals and the blessing of   same-sex unions.
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  5. While acknowledging the complexities of our sexual nature and the strong   drives it places within us, we are quite clear about God’s will in this area   which is expressed in the Bible.
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  7. The Scripture bears witness to God’s will regarding human sexuality which is   to be expressed only within the life long union of a man and a woman in (holy)  matrimony.
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  9. The Holy Scriptures are clear in teaching that all sexual promiscuity is   sin. We are convinced that this includes homosexual practices between men or   women, as well as heterosexual relationships outside marriage.
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  11. We believe that the clear and unambiguous teaching of the Holy Scriptures   about human sexuality is of great help to Christians as it provides clear   boundaries.
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  13. We find no conflict between cleaer biblical teaching and sensitive pastoral   care. Repentance precedes forgiveness and is part of the healing process. To   heal spiritual wounds in God’s name we need his wisdom and truth. We see this in   the ministry of Jesus, for example his response to the adulterous women,  "...neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more." (John 8:11)
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  15. We encourage the Church to care for all those who are trapped in their   sexual brokenness and to become the channel of Christ’s compassion and love   towards them. We wish to stand alongside and welcome them into a process of   being whole and restored within our communities of faith. We would also affirm   and resource those who exercise a pastoral ministry in this area.
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  17. We are deeply concerned that the setting aside of biblical teaching in such   actions as the ordination of practicing homosexuals and the blessing of same-sex   unions calls into question the authority of the Holy Scriptures. This is totally   unaccceptable to us.
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  19. This leads us to express concern about mutual accountability and   interdependence within our Anglican Communion. As provinces and dioceses, we   need to learn how to seek each other’s counsel and wisdom in a spirit of true   unity, and to reach a common mind before embarking on radical changes to Church   discipline and moral teaching.
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  21. We live in a global village and must be more aware that the way we act in   one part of the world can radically affect the mission and witness of the Church   in another.