The head of the Assemblies of God, the nation’s largest Pentecostal body,accused President Barack Obama of “twisting Scripture” to defend gay marriage and said the “pro-homosexual, pro-abortion president” is advocating conduct that is “immoral” and “under the judgment of God.”
The church’s statement is reprinted, in its entirety, below:
**AG OPPOSES PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STANCE ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
The Assemblies of God, in reaction to President Barack Obama’s
embracing of same-sex marriage, is voicing its dissent and
objection. According to Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent
of the Assemblies of God, the Assemblies of God is in complete
disagreement with the president’s new position and takes exception
to the president’s taking Scripture out of context to defend his
“The Bible clearly teaches that marriage should be a life-long
commitment between one man and one women,” states Dr. George O.
Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. “There is no affirmation of homosexual behavior found anywhere in Scripture.
However, the Bible is replete with evidence that homosexual behavior is immoral and comes under the judgment of God.”
The president also referred to the Bible, claiming Christ
sacrificing himself for mankind and the golden rule as reasons for
endorsing same-sex marriage.
“Although it has become popular to quote Scripture grossly out of
context to serve a personal or political agenda, it still doesn’t
change what God’s Word clearly states,” Wood says.
Wood adds that in light of what Scripture says, Christians should
not be surprised by individuals and groups twisting Scripture,
citing, 2 Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
In the Assemblies of God’s official position paper on homosexuality, it states, “We believe, in the light of biblical revelation, that the growing cultural acceptance of homosexual identity and behavior, male and female, is symptomatic of a broader spiritual disorder that threatens the family, the government, and the church.”
The paper also states, “Not only do the Scriptures condemn more
flagrant examples of homosexual violence and promiscuity, they also provide no support for the popular modern idea that loving and committed homosexual relationships between two long-term partners are morally acceptable. Homosexual activities of every kind are contrary to the moral commandments God has given us.”
Wood adds that it’s important for Christians to not underestimate
the implications of a pro-homosexual, pro-abortion president, and
what it means for the church. “In no time in our nation have we ever needed to pray more for our political leaders and this country than we need to today,” Wood says.
For more information about the Assemblies of God position on
homosexuality and other areas, see its website at http://ag.org
and click on “Beliefs.”