On Australia’s radio station, Joy 94.9 FM, LGBT journalists Pete Dillon and Serena Ryan told “Major” Andrew Craibe, the Salvation Army’s Media Relations Director for the Southern Territory, that Ryan had read the Salvation Story: Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine, published in London. Ryan pointed out several parts of The Salvation Story which she found disturbing, including a vitriolic condemnation of homosexuality which cited Romans 1:18-32:
“For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error…. They know God’s decree, that those who practise such things deserve to die — yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practise them.”
Asked whether the Salvation Army as an organization took the wording literally (i.e. that practising homosexuals should be put to death), “Major” Craibe replied in the affirmative.
Truth Wins Out transcribed the discussion:
CRAIBE: Well, that’s a part of our belief system.
RYAN: So, we should die.
CRAIBE: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief.
RYAN: Wow. So, we should die.
Later in the radio conversation, Ryan noted another section of The Salvation Story, on sin:
RYAN: It’s going into Romans again … I accept that you’re out there wanting to help people … I don’t accept that this sexuality that is part of my DNA is a choice. I also don’t accept the support of any religion in a financial sense, and this is what the gay community is up in arms about: that you’re proposing in your religious doctrine and the way that you train — this is part of your training of your soldiers — that because we’re gay, that — we must die. If you go to Romans, book 1, 18-32, it’s all there, mate. I mean, how can you stand by that? How is that Christian?
CRAIBE: Well, well, because that is part of our Christian doctrine –
RYAN (interrupting): But how is that Christian? Shouldn’t it be about love?
CRAIBE: — that’s our understanding of that. Well, the love that we would show is about that: consideration for all human beings to come to know salvation –
RYAN: Or die….
CRAIBE: Well, yes.
(via Pink News UK)
Wow, that’s rough.