Statement released in June 2012 by Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops:
The Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops (“Joint College”) recognizes that every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and we seek to minister to all men and women in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Our most important foundational belief is that we live in harmony with the principles of God’s Word.
We highly esteem the marriage covenant. This gift from God has been given to us along with the clear teaching in Sacred Scripture and we affirm that this gift, which pertains to our lives’ most intimate relationships, is to be expressed through a union that is life-long, monogamous and gender specific. The importance of gender in defining the marriage covenant is affirmed throughout the Bible, including the specific teaching of Jesus Christ Himself (Saint Matthew 19:4-6). Our public teaching and practice is based on what the Bible teaches concerning homosexuality. Christian marriage is to be between one man and one woman. We believe that this is God’s design for humanity established at creation.
The act of homosexuality is a sin according to God’s Word. God’s intent in creation was that male and female would be complimentary, that the privilege of sexual expression would be between male and female only, and this expression would be only in the context of marriage. Both heterosexual and homosexual sexual behavior outside of marriage violates the human spirit and distorts God’s intent for our lives. The Holy Scriptures condemn homosexual practices (Genesis 19:4-10; Leviticus 18:22; 30:13; Romans 1: 26-28; and First Timothy 1:8-10), and we follow this instruction and example of Jesus. Click here to continue reading.