EA distances self from Steve Chalke15 January 2013
The Evangelical Alliance (EA) has distanced itself from one of British Evangelicalism's leading lights, Baptist minister Revd Steve Chalke, after he voiced support for gay marriage.
Writing in Christianity magazine, Mr Chalke, an author, broadcaster and charity founder who was awarded the MBE in 2004 for "services to social inclusion", argued that Scripture could be interpreted to condemn only promiscuous homosexual relationships, not committed ones. He added: "When we deny [gay people] our blessing on their commitment to lifelong, faithful relationships, we make them doubt whether they are children of God, made in his image".
In a statement Steve Clifford, general director of the EA, said he believed Mr Chalke's views on same-sex relationships were "wrong". He said: "It is with both sadness and disappointment that I reflect on how Steve has not only distanced himself from the vast majority of the evangelical community here in the UK, but indeed from the Church across the world and 2,000 years of biblical interpretation."
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