Pastor Sarah Grace/ October 12, 2020/ About, Spiritual Growth, Wind Haven Church, Wind Haven Ministry, Wind Haven Mission/ 0 comments

Wind Haven Ministry does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

For God does not show favoritism. (Romans 2:11)

These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Wind Haven Ministry does not and shall not discriminate “in the name of religion.”

If religious freedom trumps equality under the law, it provides a “cover” that actually encourages discrimination. We firmly prioritize diversity, equality, and inclusion.

Our Stance on the LGBTQ+ Community

At the heart of the claim that the Bible is clear “that homosexuality is forbidden by God” is poor biblical scholarship and a cultural bias read into the Bible.

This has been proven about racial discrimination and gender discrimination – both of which were targets of traditional, conservative, orthodox Christians (as well as any other group who didn’t “line up” with their doctrine.)

We need to heal this culture of violence, abuse, segregation, hostility, and devaluing other.

Don't Discriminate

Thus, we want to make it clear that we don’t care who you love, we love you and support you. Even more, despite traditional belief, God loves you.

Biblical Hermeneutics – The current biblical interpretation method based on accuracy.

Hermeneutics is what we do when we take a text and ask not just “what does this say,” but “what does this mean?” In asking, “What does the Bible say about homosexuality” (or more appropriately stated, “what does the Bible say about attraction to someone of the same sex,”) our task is to explore what the relevant biblical passages on the topic meant in their original context and what they mean for us today. 

Source: https://www.hrc.org/resources/what-does-the-bible-say-about-homosexuality

Our Basic Faith Position or Stance

1) God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere. 2) We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good. 3) We create our life’s experiences through our way of thinking. 4) There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our awareness of God. 5) Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.

Wind Haven is in accord with the stance of the Unity movement, and is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation.

We affirm that all people are created with sacred worth and that no one exists outside the heart of God. Its basic principles state that God is Good, and because all people exist within God, they also are inherently good. 

We affirm that it is not biblical nor Christ-like to discriminate against, depreciate or devalue any single person or group.

Christ is clear about our role in judgement or condemnation. Synonyms of condemn or judge include depreciate, devalue, belittle, criticize, disapprove, damn, exclude, refuse, segregate, discourage, ban, boycott, limit, blame, rebuke, lecture, reprimand, censure, berate, chastise, attack, abuse, prosecute, or persecute…

This is what the Lord Almighty says, “Administer true justice: show mercy and compassion to one another.” (Zechariah 7:9)

Martin Luther King Jr said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 3:14)

For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? (James 2:2-4)

Because of Jesus Christ, no one is seperated from God…

Discriminate means to differentiate or distinguish, to segregate or to separate.

Acts 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul references two legacies. One is the legacy of Adam… and Jesus became the last of all that Adam was and leaves you a legacy of all that the resurrected Christ is. You cannot be in Adam, you through no effort of your own were brought with all humanity into Christ.Pastor Crisco

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About Pastor Sarah Grace

I'm Pastor Sarah Grace, Co-Pastor & found of Wind Haven Ministry, online Bible Study school admin & teacher, Life Coach, author, web developer, curriculum developer, and scholar. I'm originally from Muncie, IN and currently reside in Warner Robins, GA. Child of God. Mom of three. Blessed by the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God! ' Nerd. Weird. The opposite of normal. Goofy. Compassionate. Survivor. Epilepsy & Fibromyalgia Warrior. Hobbies include: music. singing. reading. photography. yoga. fishing. firearm safety. camping. bowling.

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