Retrieved 6 June At least five denominations view "homosexual behavior" to be sinful and believe that it is contrary to Scripture:. Homophobia is any statement, policy or action which denies the image of God in another person due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation; which is, treating someone in a discriminatory manner because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Retrieved 24 June Archived from the original on 23 October
However, other Lutherans, including the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference and International Lutheran Council another worldwide bodies of Lutheranscompletely reject homosexuality.
Views about homosexuality among members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. In the Church of Sweden allowed blessings of same-sex unions, and in allowed same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay clergy. United Church of Christ National Bodies. Rosicrucian Fellowship Esoteric Christians. Archived from the original on 29 July They are welcome in the Church. The Roman Catholic Church believes that marriage is only between one man and one woman, and opposes same-sex marriage at both the religious and civil levels.
In Augustthe governing body of the church, General Council - which gathers trianually to determine the leadership and direction of the church - selected Rev. Many Presbyterians in New Zealand are active in the Association for Reconciling Christians and Congregations,  an ecumenical group that supports the full inclusion and participation of all people in the Church, including gay and lesbian persons. Preceding the incompatibility clause, the Book of Discipline clearly states that "homosexual persons, no less than heterosexual persons, are individuals of sacred worth. Homophobic attitudes, words, and behaviours are inconsistent with the nature of Christian conduct and a violation of the worth and dignity of all people. Homosexuality is not a 'valid alternative lifestyle.