May 16, 2012

Bishop Makes Statement in Response to Same-Sex Marriage Issue

MEMPHIS, TN – In response to the recent same-sex marriage controversy, Bishop Brandon B. Porter of Greater Community Temple Church Of God In Christ released the following statement on behalf of his local congregation and TN Central Jurisdiction of which he is the prelate:

“The same bible that first introduced marriage as a sacred union between a man and a woman as well as a union that serves as a vehicle for procreation has foreshadowed a time to come when people would begin to challenge its precepts and “do those things that are not convenient” (Romans 1). This current same-sex marriage issue is simply a testament to both the truth of the bible and the fulfillment of prophecy.

As a fourth generation member of the Church Of God In Christ, pastor for over thirty years, and bishop of the largest jurisdiction in the state of Tennessee, I feel it obligatory to render a response on behalf of my church. I maintain that COGIC has always concurred with the biblical perspective and that we uphold the viewpoint of marriage as defined by the Defense of Marriage Act that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. It explicitly states that for purposes of Federal Law marriage is "a legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife" and defines spouse as "a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife." We believe that marriage, as so defined, is the fabric that perpetuates the strength of family. Consequently, our doctrine condones neither same-sex marriage nor civil unions.

I think it necessary to stick to our convictions when it comes to our faith and moral issues. However, when it comes to the political processes, we need to focus on issues that directly affect our nation – like the high price of gas, inadequate health care, growing unemployment, etc. Whereas the gospel, or preaching, initially affects a person at a time, legislation affects a people at a time. Remember that the gospel gives us a choice; legislation does not!”

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Bishop Brandon Porter

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