Stances of Faiths on LGBT Issues: Church of the Nazarene
According to its website, The Church of the Nazarene is “a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition,” founded in 1908. There are almost 23,000 Nazarene churches globally with nearly 2 million members. Perhaps the most well-known member of the Church of the Nazarene is Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, an evangelical nonprofit, which routinely condemns LGBT persons and families.
The Church of the Nazarene declares that all sexual acts that occur outside of the context of heterosexual marriage are sinful. The Church of the Nazarene’s official statement on human sexuality says this:
The Church of the Nazarene believes that every man or woman should be treated with dignity, grace, and holy love, whatever their sexual orientation. However, we continue to firmly hold the position that the homosexual lifestyle is sinful and is contrary to the Scriptures.
We further wish to reemphasize our call to Nazarenes around the globe to recommit themselves to a life of holiness, characterized by holy love and expressed through the most rigorous and consistent lifestyle of sexual purity. We stand firmly on the belief that the biblical concept of marriage, always between one man and one woman in a committed, lifelong relationship, is the only relationship within which the gift of sexual intimacy is properly expressed.
However, in Pastoral Perspectives on Homosexuality by the Nazarene General Superintendents, the church concedes that homosexuality may, in fact, be an inherent trait in gay and lesbian individuals. Regardless, the church maintains that sexual intimacy between individuals of the same sex is sinful.
At this time no national LGBT affinity group exists for the Church of the Nazarene.
Church of the Nazarene
Global Ministry Center
17001 Prairie Star Parkway
Lenexa, KS 66220