On August 7, 2015 I stood at the end of the business session of the 56th General Council of the Assemblies of God and made a motion that a Resolution, submitted by myself and five other Assembly of God ministers, be added to the agenda of the business session.
PROMOTION OF SEXUAL PRACTICES CONDEMNED BY SCRIPTURES
WHEREAS, From its inception The General Council of the Assemblies of God has shown compassion for all people who struggle with sins of the flesh and spirit, and can testify that multitudes have been delivered by the power of God; and
WHEREAS, The greatest expression of compassion to those who are bound by sin is “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), because Jesus said, “The truth will set you free” (John 8:32); and
WHEREAS, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT), and other such organizations do not speak the truth as it pertains to sexual practices but are in variance with what the Bible teaches about sin and the need for deliverance; and
WHEREAS, The Scriptures command, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them” (Ephesians 5:6–7); therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the General Council Bylaws Article IX. DOCTRINES AND PRACTICES DISAPPROVED be amended with the addition of a new Section 14 to read as follows:
Section 14. Promotion of Sexual Practices Condemned by the Scriptures
Any Assemblies of God minister or church that promotes, participates, or partners with a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) entity, or any other organization, campaign, or political initiative that would condone or accommodate homosexuality or any other sexual expression condemned by the Scriptures shall be dismissed from the Fellowship.
And, be it further
RESOLVED, That any employee of any General Council of the Assemblies of God-approved institution or agency who so offends shall be terminated.
Donna C. Bustos
Ricky S. Earp
John G. Kilough
James F. Owens
Christopher “C.M.” Rhoades
Donivan Smith, Jr.
We had submitted this resolution to the Resolution Committee of the Assemblies of God in May of 2015. The resolution that we submitted was rejected as inappropriate, because of the language.
It was our belief that even if the language was not perfect, the resolution should have been accepted and debated from the floor of the General Council. We were informed that we could ask for the resolution to be added to the agenda at the end of new business during the General Council.
Over the last year or so there have been three documented cases of Assemblies of God ministers who have affirmed homosexuality, same-sex marriage or stood and supported ordinances giving the LGBT special privileges.
Paul Alexander at the time of his address was the President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and an Assemblies of God minister. He was later dismissed. https://l.facebook.com/l.php…
Adam Long at the time of his article, on a pro LGBT blog, was an Assemblies of God minister. He was later dismissed https://l.facebook.com/l.php…
Ryan Beatty, who stood in support of the city ordinance in Houston Texas giving the LGBT special privileges, was at the time an Assemblies of God minister and still is. He was given discipline from the South Texas District of the Assemblies of God. https://l.facebook.com/l.php…
Also during this time there was an Assemblies of God PAC church in Springfield, MO who’s Pastor, Brian Jenkins, made a youtube video in support of a city ordinance that would give the LGBT special privileges; stating that we are all God’s children. At the time of the youtube video Brian Jenkins was not an Assemblies of God minister. The church was removed from the Assemblies of God.
Recently a young man, Monte Harris, who was an employee of Global University; an Assemblies of God school, wrote a letter to the Springfield Insider supporting gay rights. A week ago he was terminated from his job.
As sponsors of the resolution we felt there needed to be stronger language stating clearly the consequences for those who supported homosexuality, same-sex marriage and the LGBT agenda.
We had many people tell us that they supported the resolution just as it had been written. Those who did not support the resolution could not offer better language.
Part of the frustration we had was that during the business meeting we were told that our resolution was to be considered the same as an Emergency Resolution and therefore would need a two-third yes vote to be added to the agenda. This was the first time we had been given that information although I had been in contact with the General Headquarters asking for the proper procedure.
Another part of the frustration was that much of the business meeting was given over to things that were not business. There were many pastors and voting delegates who had to leave before the last session of the business meeting due to traveling plans. If all the business meeting time had been used for business, we could have presented the resolution a day or two earlier and there might have been a larger voting bloc there. It might not have matter with the outcome of the vote on adding the resolution to the agenda, but we will never know. Our motion to add the resolution to the business meeting agenda failed. Because it was an Emergency Resolution no debate was allowed.
Following the failure of the resolution, Dr. George Wood, our Superintendant, made a strong statement declaring that any minister or employee of the Assemblies of God who supported homosexuality, same-sex marriage or the LGBT agenda would be removed from the fellowship.
I wanted to say thank you all so very much for your prayers during my time in Orlando for the 56th General Council of the Assemblies of God. Over the next few weeks I will be working on a report of the 56th General Council of the Assemblies of God. When I finish that report I will make it available to the body.