Synod 2016, the general assembly of the Christian Reformed Church, rejected an appeal from the council of Faith CRC in Monee, Ill., to remove several articles from the Think Christian website, which is part of Back to God Ministries International, the CRC’s media ministry. The articles are part of a series on the website under the title “Agendas Aside,” which examine, in some cases critically, the church’s stance on homosexuality. Back to God Ministries responded that it had discussed the matter with the pastor of Faith CRC, created new guidelines for handling sensitive issues, and posted on the website a link to the official position of the denomination on homosexuality. Classis Illiana had previously rejected the complaint. Synod concurred, noting that the staff and board of Back to God Ministries had handled the matter satisfactorily.
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