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The NG Kerk's groundbreaking decision on gay marriage and gay clergy have been put on pause

NG Kerk Pause Gay Marriage

17 November 2015

In South Africa, Rapport newspaper reported over the weekend that the Dutch Reform Church’s majority decision – to allow gay people to marry in the church and for gay ministers to be ordained, without having to be celibate – has been postponed on appeal.

According to Rapport, some of the church leaders who originally voted in favour of the changes, have now changed their minds.

The church’s leadership will meet again next week where the issue will be discussed.

Nelis van Rensburg, the NG Kerk's moderator said that he hoped the next discussions over the matter would be done so in a “spirit of love”.

He told South African media last week that the NG Kerk was a “movement for all people...

“We are expanding our walls to make room for more people.”

The East Griqualand Fever reported last week that the NG Kerk in Kokstad stated its disagreement with the decision taken by the church’s general synod.

“We do not hate people, we love all people and we cannot reject people, but it cannot be that ministers and reverends, who are supposed to lead people to God, are allowed to practice what the Bible regards as sin.” Dominie Petrus Fouché was quoted as saying.

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