Mennonite Church USA Ordains First Openly Homosexual ‘Pastor’

goodNEDERLAND, Co. — Mennonite Church USA has ordained its first openly homosexual pastor, reports state.

According to Mennonite World Review, the Mountain States Conference, a division of the Mennonite Church USA, has approved the ministerial license of a Colorado woman who identifies as a lesbian.

Theda Good, who is in a relationship with another woman, began serving with First Mennonite Church of Denver in 2012, and has a master’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. Her church submitted a letter requesting her licensure last year, and the Conference has been reviewing the matter over a period of many months.

A series of meetings have been held to discuss the request, including with Good and members of her church.

“Much of the work centered around the consideration of a person whose gifts and call to ministry are clearly affirmed, yet is in a committed same-sex relationship, which varies from denominational statements,” the Conference outlined in a press release.

On November 24th, the Ministerial Council met for the second time with Good and agreed to accept her request for ordination. The matter then moved to the Leadership Board on December 1st, who agreed unanimously to ordain Good.

She will receive her license on February 2nd to serve as Pastor of Nurture and Fellowship at First Mennonite Church of Denver.

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The Mountain States Conference has acknowledged that the decision to ordain Good is controversial.

“It is the desire of the Leadership Board to function and communicate with a spirit of deep humility, joyfully acknowledging the work of God in our midst, and with a sense of sadness recognizing the pain that this causes some of the sisters and brothers that we love in Mennonite Church USA,” it wrote.

Reaction to the matter has been mixed.

“I applaud the Mountain States Mennonite Conference for choosing grace over law; for affirming common humanity over the perception of sexuality,” one commenter wrote. “Grace is where love is free to happen. And where there is love, there is God. Because God happens when love happens.”

“If you really loved everyone in the Mennonite Church then you would not be doing what you are doing,” another stated. “Because of your actions you will be bringing a curtain of darkness and shame to the entire Mennonite Church. I feel that you have embarked upon a slippery slope that will only bring pain, confusion, heartache, and disunity. I pray that God will not treat the Mennonite Church like he treated Sodom and Gomorrah.”


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  • Phoebe

    I’m wondering if the Mennonite hierarchy would ordain an actively open adulterer or fornicator or thief? The notion that God’s grace is all over homosexual “love” is clearly a deception of the highest order and a sign of the apostate church to come.

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.…”

    God will not be mocked. But here’s the place of HOPE:

    1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

    We are sinners that came out of various sinful states…. “and such WERE some of you”. 1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”

    The most compassionate thing I can say to you is “RUN”….to His Mercy Seat and Repent of your sinful behavior then draw near to His throne room of Grace while there is still time.

    • Deb

      very well said!

    • Rev. Jefferson

      AMEN!

    • Sam Dunkelberger

      amen

    • soir

      And, if not do not associate with him, in order that he might feel ashamed. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. 2 THESSALONIANS
      3:14
      Understand that social justice becomes central for mennonites and leaving anyone marginalized out is really what the issue is. Thus, tunnel vision and social justice overshadow truth and conviction.

    • Becky Jenkinson

      I could not have said it better, Phoebe.

  • Mark

    The satanic takeover the fake-heretic church continues.

  • Mark

    ““I applaud the Mountain States Mennonite Conference for choosing grace over law; for affirming common humanity over the perception of sexuality,” one commenter wrote. “Grace is where love is free to happen. And where there is love, there is God. Because God happens when love happens.”

    This comment from a church offical is especially insulting to me; My church in NC explains that REAL Grace is the undeserved act of forgiveness. I do NOT see where there is anything graceful accepting the deviant behavior of sheep in wolves clothing / heretics within the Christian church.

    • XJZ

      …Don’t count on her to preach anything out of Romans chapter 1…unless it’s out of the Queen James >falsefalse< Bible. Repulsive and utterly disgusting.

  • GRENVILLE DCRUZ

    Read : 2 Timothy 4:3-4:::: (3)For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
    ———————————————————————
    this Homosexual Pastor is going down straight to “”HELL”” will be burning down there for eternity.

  • ….

    Psalm 101:3-5 (KJV)
    Psalm 139:20-22 (KJV)
    Romans 1:26-32 (KJV)
    John 12:38-40 (KJV)
    Genesis 9:20-24 (KJV)
    Genesis 19:4, 5 (KJV)
    Genesis 19:9, 10 (KJV)
    Judges 19:22 (KJV)
    Judges 19:25 (KJV)
    Kings 14:24 (KJV)
    I Kings 15:12 (KJV)
    I Kings 22:46 (KJV)
    2 Kings 23:7 (KJV)
    2 Chronicles 19:2 (KJV)
    Leviticus 18:22 (KJV)
    Leviticus 20:13 (KJV)
    Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)
    Malachi 3:6 (KJV)

  • This Nation Is Being Judged

    This is what we call “infiltration.”
    Not that they were a real Christian church, currently speaking,….if they were, this would not have come to pass.

  • http://www.thinkpoint.wordpress.com Steve

    7 tactics for promoting gay marriage

    The seven points below survey distortions of truth used to change the way the public thinks about sexuality and marriage. My purpose in exposing this is not to force my beliefs on others but to expose manipulation and deception. http://thinkpoint.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/7-tactics-for-promoting-gay-marriage/

  • Nancy Louise

    I find things lately appalling. Queerness was manifested at Times Square
    New Years celebration. And in the Rose Bowl parade a same sex marriage.
    America is in deep trouble “giving the finger” to the Bible and God!!!

  • http://Jeffpolen.com Jeff Polen

    What is the purpose of Scripture if the church is supposedly “in the light” by dismissing the Word of God in the name of “grace” and “love”?

    Sure, legalism is bad. But how is it loving to dismiss what the GOD WHO IS LOVE has said?

    • John Watson

      Right on Jeff. What has occurred that the lie of these groups have infiltrated the church. There has to be serious conversation concerning morality. Under the principles of the homsexual community… nobody is wrong. Becuase they live their life with no rules and they cannot apply any rules to others. Well, this spirit of rebellion has now infiltrated the church. But you’re right we have the scripture to guide us. The problem is not homosexuality the deeper problem is the rebellion of man against God.

  • Crist Beiler

    The bible was not written to justify but to sanctify. As long as we continue to read it as justification we will never see the ultimate message that was written for us and that is love. While I don’t agree with the gay and lesbian lifestyle it is still my ultimate calling to love all people as Christ loved each individual human being, with a compassionate heart not a judgemental heart. His arms are open to all mankind and if you the Christian love Him(Jesus)as much as you claim you do you will love everyone no matter what there walk of life is.

  • Terry Miller

    This woman was or will be ordained by a regional group, which does not speak for the Mennonite Church USA. The Mennonite Church USA is opposed to same sex marriage and will not endorse gay pastors. I have been a Mennonite pastor (and Bishop) for many years.

  • http://ChristianNews Nick

    Mennonites: You were wrong to ordain women to begin with, since there are several places in Scripture that make it clear that the pastoral/elder office is for men alone.

    See http://carm.org/should-women-be-pastors-and-elders

    When you decide you are smarter than God on that issue, then it is only a matter of time when
    there is the decision that you are smarter than God about homosexuality, too. Please expel every church leader who voted for the lesbian; that is the only way to begin to deal with the infection of rebellion against God’s standards.

    All denominations need to be vigilant and ready to part ways with those who clearly flout Scriptural standards. They will wrongly be called legalists and unloving people, but God has a description of them: Faithful shepherds over the flock that the Devil wants to destroy and Keepers of True Unity based on truth and righteousness instead of winking at sin.

  • Amanda

    What a bunch of hypocrites you are! I guess judge lest not ye be judged means nothing to you. Who are you to say this person is going to hell? That isn’t your call. You should be ashamed to call yourselves Christians. Its people like you that bring shame to religion. Unconditional love and care for others my foot. All i hear in these statements is hate and disdain. Makes a personwonder who really is going to hell. The soulless haters or the preacher girl who likes girls. Hmmm…

  • sandie

    how can a woman of faith impose her life style on a church body knowing that it will cause divison among believers?

  • sandie

    amanda i would like to respond to your message and especially to
    this part: “What a bunch of hypocrites you are! I guess judge lest not ye be judged means nothing to you”.

    i agree that we are not the ultimate judge of one’s soul. that is God’s job. however, we are asked to discern a lifestyle which refelcts the light and wholeness of the gospel. i believe the church has excluded those of such a lifestyle too long and we/they should be opened to giving an invitation to receive God’s love to all. But
    how can a person living outside of God’s command effectively minister the gospel of God’s light and wholeness when choosing to live in sin?

  • Steve

    we must seek truth in the whole Bible. From the Torah to the Prophets to the new testament. Everything must be tested through the foundation of the scripture. Otherwise we have no markers are boundaries to live by. Homosexuality is clearly throughout the entire Bible not blessed or even closely sanctioned by God. When we see decisions being made that clearly forsake the commandments given by God in the Scriptures we put ourselves in direct opposition to Gods plan of redemption. We are clearly told in John that if you love me you will keep my commandments. It should be quite clear then that many have forsaken their love of God. Let us pray that the veil of deception would be lifted off the ones who like the five foolish virgins did not take the time to keep the oil filled in their lamp. Many in the church have no oil and will be found lacking the love. The test lies in if we are following his laws or instructions throughout the entire scripture.

  • Mike

    I just read (Letter to Mennonite Church USA on Palestine & Israel) that the Mennonite Church USA is pro-“Palestine”. My thoughts: Since the “church” already violated God’s promises to Abraham, no wonder unbiblical doctrines are excepted since the Spirit is far from them.

  • Mike

    I’m sorry, I meant “accepted”.

  • Jim Snyder

    I saw the liberalization of the Mennonite Church when I attended Goshen College in the 70’s. This ordination action does not surprise me one bit. When ‘God’s’ people continue to vote for politicians who support abortion at any level, endorsing homosexual behavior because ‘God is love’, then the people, in my understanding, are let to their own devices. I left the Mennonite Church soon after graduation, when I matured, because I could not agree with the selective teachings that we’re going on.

  • cbeggs

    This recent event in the Mennonite church reminds me of how Satin
    deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden. He told her that God didn’t
    mean it when He said she would die if she ate of a certain tree. Well
    we die don’t we. I think it is time we realized Satin is doing the
    same thing today deceiving people. God is a God of love, but He
    is also a righteous and just God.

  • Lane

    I once was blind until I met Jesus Christ. I Don’t think that it’s a Mennonite or a denominational issue. It’s an issue of what’s right and what’s wrong. A wise man once told me that there are only two kinds of people in this world today, righteous and the unrighteous and that’s biblical. It has nothing to do with skin color, nationality or gender preference. It has to do with what God calls sin and homosexuality is clearly a sin. And if we, as a body of Christ, have gotten to the point where we no longer stand up for the truth, then we are in trouble. Christ saved me because I repented of my sins and asked him to forgive me. He did and I changed. You cannot preach forgiveness if you are not willing to call on those in sin to repent. Jesus called on us to repent, the disciples did and we must do the same. And we must be willing to take the persecution that comes with standing up for the truth. And when we do, we will then see the church begin to grow. In the end of the bible it warns those who add to the word or take away from it what will happen to them. Personally, I’m not smart enough to add anything to it but I’m not dumb enough to leave anything out. Jude 7

  • Ola

    God’s warning to the entire children of disobedience, “Righteousness exhort a nation; sin is a reproach to any people … Men with men (likewise women with women) working that is unseemly … And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient … Who, knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them … Let no man deceive with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” – Rom. 1.27-32, Eph. 5.6.

  • http://hopewell--reading.pa.us.mennonite.net Frantz

    The documentation on this controversial issue can be found at http://mountainstatesmc.org/Licensing_Decision_Documents
    In the MCUSA there is difference between ordination and licensing. You can read more at http://mennoniteusa.org
    Many other Christian, Jewish and religious agencies and organizations are struggling with this issue. Let us seek direction from the biblical text with love and mutual respect .

  • Travis Kratzmeyer

    sodomite ” For this cause GOD gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: Romans 1:24-27

  • Bruce Alan Wilson

    “Scripture interprets Scripture.” Ezekiel tells us that the sin of Sodom was lack of hospitality and failure to care for the poor. It had nothing to do with homosexuality.

    • Nelson Minica

      True, those are the listed sins, and as Ezekiel does not list which abomination(s) so that particular abomination may have been just one of many. God desires all people to be free of any sin, not slaves to it… http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com

      Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of
      bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters,
      neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. – Ezekiel 16:49

      And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. – Ezekiel 16:50

      Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. – Leviticus 18:22

    • http://www.180movie.com John Wesley

      You speak of interpreting scripture with scripture. Read Jude you hypocrite. “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”