Excerpts from To Baptize or Not: God’s Love and Image article written by Dcn. Nicholas Denysenko in defense of Abp. Elpidophoros baptism of surrogate children of two “married” homosexual men. (see: Elpidophoros Baptizes Surrogate Children of “Married” Homosexuals) Denysenko is a false teacher who contradicts the true teachings of the Church.
by Dcn. Nicholas Denysenko –
The outcry over the decision to baptize these children [surrogate babies of homosexual “married” men] represents today’s zeitgeist. At the official level, many of the world’s Orthodox Churches have taken sides in the culture wars on human sexual identity.
Orthodox rejection of same-sex attraction, relationships, and marriage categorizes LGBTQI people as a special type of sinners that warrants expulsion from the community.
The official Church teaching on homosexuality does not represent a consensus within the Church.
Many theologians believe that the issue is unresolved and requires much more study, consultation with the scientific community, prayer, and reflection, even if synods [referring to OCA Synod Official Statement specifically] attempt to mute public theological discussion of the topic.
The homophobic spirit of some Orthodox who have a binary view of the world (e.g., saints or sinners) diverts attention away from the truly pastoral issue at hand: the relationship between God and the children of this couple, and any other couple or single parent for that matter.
Source: Public Orthodoxy. (Minor organizational edits and bolding of key phrases done by blog editors done to enhance readability.)
See also: OCA Synod Categorically Rejects Same-Sex Unions and Homosexual Self-Identity.