As reported here, a landmark vote means same sex relationships will now be recognised by the Dutch Reformed Church. It's also voted in favour of ordaining gay ministers and scrapping a so-called celibacy clause. With a 64 percent majority, the church voted in favour of acknowledging same sex unions and allowing gay ministers to be ordained without the need for them to be celibate. The church said the move was a step in the right direction for human dignity.
The Dutch Reformed Church is a South African denomination that traces its beginnings to the Reformed tradition of the first white settlers who came to South Africa from the Netherlands in the mid-17th century, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The church claims nearly 1.3 million members in more than 1,200 congregations. The Bible prophesies that the Church at the end of the age will be characterized by apostasy. Paul tells us that the Antichrist will not be revealed until “the apostasy comes first” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). In His passage on the times preceding His return, Jesus prophesied that “many will fall away” and “most people’s love will grow cold” (Matthew 24:10, 12).
Paul supplies us with clues as to why the end times Church will be weak, vacillating, and full of apostasy. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says that “the time will come when they [Christians] will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.”
Another clue is found in 2 Timothy 3. After describing the disintegration of the culture at the end of the age, Paul points to the basic reason for the breakdown - people “holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power” (2 Timothy 3:5). In other words, there will be no lack of religion, but people will deny the true power of the indwelling Holy Spirit that alone is able to transform society for the good, producing peace, righteousness and justice.