Perceived pro-WO wording recommended for church manual, debate ensues — ADvindicate

To me this is heavily connected with the decision about WO so I think it was a wise call to wait. I'm a little confused about why the delegates who don't think it is connected care about holding off. As far as I can understand it won't hurt them and it would maintain harmony with those who are worried that it is connected.

Gonna keep praying for everyone involved with this. I know that God's will will be done. What I worry about is all my brothers and sisters in Christ. Whatever the outcome, I pray that if anyone disagrees with it that they will take it up with God in prayer before making any rash decisions. I have my own beliefs based on my personal studying and I've told myself that if I disagree with the outcome at GC that prayer will be my first order of business. Heaven forbid that I or anyone else should misunderstand something and be lost over it.
The world of asexuality in the christian religion is fairly quiet as far as I can tell. Most times people seem to confuse it as celibacy and praise an asexual for their amazing self-control. That's about as far as it goes. However I have also heard stories here and there on the internet about people who have been put down for being a christian asexual. The main reason I keep seeing is that God told humanity to be fruitful and multiply, and that isn't what asexuals are doing.

Let me share something from my own experience. Both of my parents are Christians. My dad is the head elder of our church and is involved in many other ways. When I "came out" to my parents, neither of them made any sort of fuss. To this day I don't think they believe me, and are still waiting for grandchildren. I have to give my dad some credit though. When I was looking for answers in my bible about how God views asexuality, he pointed out a wonderful verse to me that I think fits quite well. Let me share it here with whoever may read this.

 10 His disciples said to Him, "If
such is the case of the man with his
wife, it is better not to marry."
 11 But He said to them, "All can-
not accept this saying, but only
those to whom it has been given:

 12 "For there are eunuchs who
were born thus from their mother's
womb, and there are eunuchs who
were made eunuchs by men, and
there are eunuchs who  have made
themselves eunuchs for the king-
dom of heaven's sake. He who is
able to accept it, let him accept it."

- Matthew 19:10-12 NKJV

This is only a part of a conversation between Jesus, the pharisees, and the disciples. The pharisees came to Jesus asking about whether a man can divorce his wife for any reason. For the full context I recommend reading from the beginning of Matthew chapter 19. Personally I like to see the context of a verse before I believe what someone tells me it means. Context can be everything.
What I got from these texts is that if a person needs that sexual intimacy, then they should look for a partner to be joined in marriage with. If a person can live without it in comfort, that is also acceptable. The problem comes in when people aren't joined together by God.
I understand that asexuals aren't eunuchs, but based off of these verses, I don't see how God could have any problem with us either. The way the word "eunuchs" is used in these verses also appears to me to refer to more than just people missing parts. It seems like Jesus is referring to various cases that cause people not to have sexual intercourse.

Well, that was my little biblical study on asexuality and Christians. I wish I had more, but even this small amount seems to sufficiently cover the material. It is my hope that fellow christian asexuals with similar questions to what I had will find this to be a useful resource.

God bless~

January 2016

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