Rick Warren Says Church Must Stand Ground Against Gay Marriage

Despite polls showing that a slight majority of Americans now support same sex marriage, the renowned pastor does not believe Saddleback Church should change its stance.

pastor Rick Warren stood by his opposition to same sex marriage Sunday in an appearance on ABC, saying that he does not believe the church should conform to accept growing support for same sex marriage.

“History shows that when the church accommodates culture, it weakens it,” Warren, pastor of the Lake Forest church, said during the interview on "This Week."

“If I’m unpopular for certain beliefs, well, then I’m unpopular for certain beliefs,” Warren said. “And to me, the Bible is very clear that sex is for a man and a woman in marriage only.”

On ministering to the Trayvon Martin community, Warren told ABC that he would be promoting reconciliation.

"Martin Luther King was brilliant in that he knew we do not overcome evil with more evil," Warren said. "Violence only begets violence. Leaders absorb the pain. And you overcome evil with good. I would be promoting reconciliation between all of the parties there, and at the same time I would still be working for racial equality."

Warren also talks about women's health, Mormonism, poverty, the economy and the Jeff Bethke video, Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.

See the full interview with Rick Warren here.

Chris McLaughlin April 20, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Yeah, met00, just that. Just the whole procreation thing and that gay sex doesn't result in propagation of the species. That's the only difference between gay and straight marriage, but it's kind of a big one. That's the real discrimination here, and you can take that up with God or Darwin, whoever you believe in more. The fact that gay sex doesn't make babies is not a red herring. It is the central issue here. The central issue that gays want to dismiss out of hand, which is why the extremes in this debate are making no progress towards an amicable compromise that moves our society forward. Conservatives don't want to budge on the term 'marriage', and progressives don't want to admit that hetero sex is the basis for survival of the species, and has important legal consequences, when you actually have to deal with parenting rights and obligations. Think about this angle: Were your parents gay?? If they were, would you exist?? If everyone was gay, how long would the human species last? One generation?? Christians are real comfortable with these questions, and their answers. It's God's will, or Mother Nature, heck, even atheist Darwinists will readily admit that straight sex is an important evolutionary concept, and the fact that religious people have neatly co-opted that biological reality into their dogma about what God says is the right thing to do is no coincidence. As far as rights, what equal protections are you lacking by not being legally 'married'??
Ashley Nicole Taylor May 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
@ met00 wouldn't that be a "borne ultimatum"?
met00 May 02, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Summer Hemphill May 02, 2012 at 07:25 PM
It's not religion per se that is a breeding ground for intolerance,but its adherents who are among the most biased & prejudicial of all those unlike them !!! Rick Warren is just another judgemental & divinely delusional bigot whose hateful rhetoric is spewed from the pulpit !!! Being religious doesn't make you a better person,its just an indication of how gullible you are !!! How can Rick preach brotherly love while at the same time oppose brotherly marriage ??? Rick Warren is just another callous,insincere moral crusader whose divisive comments incite hatred where none exists !!! Who is this "man of God" to sit in judgement of others,he should be ashamed of himself !!!
John B. Greet May 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Summer, I would discourage you from condemning Pastor Warren for simply following his particular religious belief system or for encouraging others to do the same. He has his beliefs, you, I, and others have ours. Those who do not agree with Pastor Warren's beliefs are free to not attend or become members of his church. Again, where marriage is concerned, for me the answer is extremely simple. So long as we, as a society, use government to extend certain benefits and privileges to one pair of consenting adults through the insitution of marriage, we cannot then misuse government to withhold those same benefits and privileges from a different pair of consenting adults solely on the basis of sex or sexual orientation. Our government *must* be blind to such things as sex and sexual orientation and whenever it is not, we (the owners of government) unlawfully discriminate on those bases. So long as government is involved in the process, gay couples should not have to call their unions something other than marriage if that's what they want to call them. We, in California, should either stop discriminating in this area on the basis of sex or sexual orientation or we should get government out of the marriage business altogether.


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