A Mennonite pastor and missionary had his ministerial credentials pulled by the church after he officiated the wedding of his son to another man in Lancaster, Pennsylvania this past spring.
Chester Wenger, 96, was a longtime pastor and missionary who oversaw his son Phil’s marriage to his partner Steve Dinnocenti in June. In September, the Mennonite Church revoked his credentials in accordance with church guidelines forbidding such a ceremony to be performed by pastors.
“I am profoundly reluctant to write this letter because I know there are those it will wound deeply,” the retired minister recently wrote in an online opinion to The Mennonite. “But I have also come to the conviction that I can no longer hide the light the Lord has lit within me, under a bushel. I want to share with you what the Lord has been telling me and my dear life companion.”
Wenger then goes on to list all he has done within the Mennonite tradition and cite Scripture that is meaningful for him, particularly surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage.
“My wife and I are devoted to our Lord, with a firm commitment to the authority of the Scriptures. We strive to be faithfully obedient to Jesus. We invite the church to courageously stake out new territory, much as the early church did. We invite the church to embrace the missional opportunity to extend the church’s blessing of marriage to our homosexual children who desire to live in accountable, covenanted ways,” he noted.
His line of thinking is in direct contrast to the teaching of the Mennonite Church and many of its believers.
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SOURCE: Christian Post – Sami K. Martin