Acts 5

From Cindy Lapp:

In Acts 5, Peter and the Apostles are brought before the religious leaders.  The question is what can be done with people who are teaching against what is perceived to be the will of God. Gamaliel says this:

 ‘Fellow-Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared. After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!’  

For a contemporary example we might look at Hyattsville Mennonite Church which has welcomed LGBT Christians as members since 1986. It has not died out nor scattered even though it has been under discipline from its conference since 2005.  The congregation has grown more diverse in terms of age, race and ability as it has embraced the LGBT Christians who are drawn to the congregation. The joy, generosity, justice, hospitality, and deepening spiritual life continue to grow as the congregation grows numerically.