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Nairobi Baptist Church, Sunday Bulletin Insert
August 5, 2007

NAIROBI BAPTIST CHURCH STATEMENT ON:

SAME SEX MARITAL OR SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP
(HOMOSEXUALITY, LESBIANIANISM AND BISEXUALITY)

Information has come to the Leadership of the Nairobi Bpatist Church that this Church supports or is
sympathetic to same sex marital or sexual relationships.  This, we are told, was said on one of the
local FM Stations.

Your Leadership would wish to state our position very clearly, onthis matter.

1.  Two men did visit our Church some three weeks ago during our 11:00am Worship Service.  They
stood up and introduced themselves as visiting with us from New York.

2.  After the service, they introduced themselves to several people including some of us from the
Leadership, as a gay couple and visiting Kenya at the invitation of Homosexual Christians in Kenya,
and to launch a book they had recently written on the subject.

3.  The position for the Nairobi Baptist Church on same sex marriages or sexual relationships is as
follows:

    (a)       Same sex sexual relationships and/or marriages are clearly and categorically
    condemned in scripture as sinful and unnatural (Leviticus 18:22-23 ; 20:13 and Romans 1:24-
    28)  Anyone who, therefore, would seek to justify homosexual practice, lesbian practice or
    bisexual practice would be clearly living in disobedience and rebellion to God’s standards and
    commands.

    (b)       We recognize, however, that there are men and women who struggle with homosexual
    or gay feelings.  Such feelings have their origins from among other factors: sexual abuse
    earlier in life, introduction to the practice in same sex boarding institutions and a higher than
    normal level of sex hormones of the opposite sex in some persons. These feelings and
    struggles are what is commonly referred to as homosexual orientation.  

    Those who struggle with homosexual orientation are not significantly different from persons
    who are heterosexual but also struggle with sexuality in singlehood through non-marriage or
    through widowhood or through marital separation of one form or another.

    Sexual struggles, whether among same sex or opposite sex are not innately sinful.  What is
    sinful is the homosexual practice and equal to fornication and adultery for heterosexuals.

    As in the case of anger, the Bible says you can be angry, but in your anger do not sin.  
    Struggling with any feelings is not wrong itself.  Gratifying those feelings in a manner
    condemned in scripture is what becomes sinful.











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    (c)       In the same way we as a Church can and do provide support for persons facing
    different kinds of struggle, e.g. living alone as a mature Adult, living alone in separation,
    divorce or widowhood, living with terminal illness or living with alcoholism.  We believe there is
    potential in the Church for providing support to persons living with the struggles of homosexual
    orientation.  The support would have the goal of helping such persons not to give in to
    homosexual practice, which is sin.

    (d)       Through most of her history the Church has tended to rank sins.  There are types of
    sin which hurt ourselves and others more than other kinds of sin do, ALL sin before God is
    sin.  Among those who will not inherit the kingdom of God along “homosexual offenders”:

    “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be
    deceived:  Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes
    nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanders nor
    swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)”.

    “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious; sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
    idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition,
    dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like.  I warn you, as I did
    before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-
    21)”.

    The Nairobi Baptist Church cannot, and will not ever support anyone engaging in
    homosexuality, lesbianism or bisexual practice.  But Nairobi Baptist Church will encourage
    persons in our congregation struggling with homosexual feelings (orientation) to call our
    number at the NBC Counseling Centre. We will provide necessary support and Christ’s
    unconditional love, so that same sex feelings will not turn to be acted out as homosexual,
    lesbian or bisexual behaviour, which are all clearly sin.  In the latter, the Nairobi Baptist Church
    cannot and will not be a partner for we are committed always and firmly to remain “Rooted in
    the Word”.




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    John C. Gichinga (Rev.)                                                       Mr. Judah Bett


    SENIOR PASTOR                                                               CHAIRMAN, ELDERS’ COURT



                                      Dated:  August 5, 2007
Nairobi Baptist Church,
Nairobi, Kenya
WRITINGS       
Gay and Christian in
KENYA, UGANDA,
TANZANIA, RWANDA
AND BURUNDI
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