The Mormon church announced it will now allow the children of same-sex couples to be baptized and also declared that members of the LGBT community are no longer considered “apostates.”
“At the direction of the First Presidency, President Oaks shared that effective immediately, children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may be baptized without First Presidency approval …” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) divulged in a statement. “A nonmember parent or parents (including LGBT parents) can request that their baby be blessed ...”
Additional new LGBT-friendly doctrine was revealed by LDS leadership, which has lightened its formerly strict opposition to LGBT behavior that considered those engaging in the LGBT lifestyle as living in direct defiance to biblical teachings.
“Previously, our handbook characterized same-gender marriage by a member as apostasy,” the First Presidency declared. “While we still consider such a marriage to be a serious transgression, it will not be treated as apostasy for purposes of Church discipline. Instead, the immoral conduct in heterosexual or homosexual relationships will be treated in the same way.”
It was impressed that the Mormon church will be more embracing and inclusive in its general dealing with the LGBT community.
“The very positive policies announced this morning should help affected families. In addition, our members’ efforts to show more understanding, compassion and love should increase respect and understanding among all people of goodwill. We want to reduce the hate and contention so common today,” the statement continued. “We are optimistic that a majority of people – whatever their beliefs and orientations – long for better understanding and less contentious communications. That is surely our desire, and we seek the help of our members and others to attain it.”
Adopting the rhetoric of LGBT activism, Mormon leadership is evidently turning a new leaf away from Scripture and biblical morality and toward the dictates of the LGBT community to become more seeker-friendly and politically correct in order to improve attendance.
“The former policy – announced in 2015 – had angered liberal and LGBT Mormons, and some 1,500 left the church in protest, according to one activist,” CNN reported.
However, LDS leadership insists that the Mormon church still adheres to the code of biblical morality regarding marriage.
“The church said that its doctrines on marriage and salvation – of which marriage is an integral part – will not change,” CNN Religion Reporter Daniel Burke explained. “LGBT Mormons are expected to be chaste – according to church teachings – but by no longer considering same-sex marriages ‘apostasy,’ the church has essentially lifted the threat of excommunication for gay couples, church experts said.”
Major LDS changes
The radical leftist policy is just the latest reconfiguration of the Mormon church’s previously conservative and biblically adherent doctrine – which has been consistently revised by the church’s leader new leader.
“The change marks the biggest move yet by church President Russell M. Nelson, who has made a flurry of changes to how the church functions since taking over the faith in January 2018,” The Associated Press (AP) noted.
However, the pro-LGBT move is in direct contrast to many of the more conservative policies employed by the Mormon church under its previous leader, under whom Nelson served.
“Thursday's announcement raises new questions about the revelations [declared by LDS leaders], since Nelson had also presented the now-defunct LGBT policy as a matter of God's will as divined by the church's previous president, Thomas Monson,” Burke pointed out.
While many evangelical conservative Christian leaders are averse to making concessions to the LGBT agenda, Equality Utah Executive Director and other homosexual activists consider the LDS move a win and a step forward for the LGBT community.
“Clearly this is a great development for the church,” Williams proclaimed, according to AP. “I think this will go a long way toward healing Latter-day Saint families that have LGBT members.”
LDS President Oaks impressed that it is church leadership’s desire for members and church policies to be “considerate,” and LDS Young Single Adult Bishop Ricard Ostler – an LGBT ally within the church – applauds this move.
"Our LGBTQ members have a difficult road, and I feel these adjustments help us better mourn, comfort and bear their burdens as they make their way forward," Ostler shared, according to Deseret News.