Steve Chalke and others on Homosexuality and Gay Marriage

UPDATE: My recent interview with Sam Allberry, a conservative minister who also experiences same-sex attraction is worth a watch on this subject. I am increasingly convinced that how we choose to respond to this issue is the biggest challenge we will face in the next few years as churches in the West.

I thought I would simply today catalogue some recent statements from various Christians about homosexuality. You will see that there is quite a spectrum of opinion represented here, as I have explained previously. I have no intention of getting into this debate myself, but I think that it is important for all of us to understand just how broad the range of opinion is within the Church today on this subject. As an example of this range of views, Timothy Dalrymple, editor of Patheos Evangelical has argued Christians should treat gay marriage like say divorce rules, an issue they may disagree on but don’t campaign for the rest of society to have laws matching their perspective.

The past 50 years have been a time of incredible social change. In the UK 50 years ago homosexual activity was illegal. I know of nobody today who would suggest that should still be the case. But it is a measure of how quickly things have changed that in the USA, Louie Giglio a leading pastor can now be disinvited from doing an act of national prayer because he once taught that the Bible disagrees with homosexual activity.

Society as a whole is definitely changing it’s opinion on homosexuality. A recent survey by Lifeway revealed that in the USA there has been a big reduction in the numbers of people who believe homosexual activity is a sin. Rev. Cindy Andrews-Looper is an example of a minister who does not hold a conservative view on homosexuality she commented on this survey, “Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn anyone. To use the gospel to condemn anyone is missing the point.” 37% of American’s do still hold the view that homosexual activity is a sin, however.

Sadly, overt hostility and at times violence towards homosexuals is far from over. We must unequivocally condemn such behavior, and vocally express our disagreement with attempts by some African countries to create new laws which in some cases would make homosexual activity a capital offense. Whatever our views on homosexual activity, I hope all Christians will agree that we must be known for being truly loving towards our homosexual friends, family, and work colleagues.

As a friend of mine pointed out to me recently in a private conversation, at his workplace he is the only person who holds to a traditional view of marriage and sexuality. He is also the only friend of the one homosexual who works there. Imagine the impact of millions of Christians befriending homosexuals who are still ostracized by many in Society. Jesus was known as a friend of those that others did not want to associate with.

In the Church there is now a debate about how Christian’s should respond to this change in society. All over the secular and Christian news today is a statement by Steve Chalke on his position on homosexuality which is now very different from most Evangelicals. Here is a video of him speaking about this:

His current position is summarized in the following extract form an online paper he has published:

“Promiscuity is always damaging and dehumanising. Casual and self-centred expressions of sexuality – homosexual or heterosexual – never reflect God’s faithfulness, grace and self-giving love. Only a permanent and stable relationship, in which respect and faithfulness are given and received, can offer the security in which well-being and love can thrive.That’s the point. One tragic outworking of the Church’s historical rejection of faithful gay relationships is our failure to provide homosexual people with any model of how to cope with their sexuality, except for those who have the gift of, or capacity for, celibacy. In this way we have left people vulnerable and isolated. When we refuse to make room for gay people to live in loving, stable relationships, we consign them to lives of loneliness, secrecy, fear and even of deceit. It’s one thing to be critical of a promiscuous lifestyle – but shouldn’t the Church consider nurturing positive models for permanent and monogamous homosexual relationships?READ MORE

Not everyone will agree with Chalke, for example on Twitter, Hugh Bourne said “It seems that ‪@SteveChalke is desperate to be relevant at the expense of being faithful.”

Tony Campallo, a friend of Chalkes has written an article explaining his own perspective on this.

Steve Clifford, the general director of the Evangelical Alliance said,

“While I understand and respect Steve’s pastoral motivations, I believe the conclusions he has come to on same-sex relationships are wrong.

It is with both sadness and disappointment that I reflect on how Steve has not only distanced himself from the vast majority of the evangelical community here in the UK, but indeed from the Church across the world and 2,000 years of biblical interpretation . . .

Generations of Christians have faced the challenge of making the gospel relevant within their cultural settings. The danger we all face, and I fear Steve has succumbed to, is that we produce ‘a god’ in our own likeness or in the likeness of the culture in which we find ourselves.

Steve’s approach to biblical interpretation allows for a god in the likeness of 21st century Western-European mindsets.” READ MORE

Chalke’s new opinion is very different from that published by the UK’s Evangelical Alliance and summarized in the form of 10 affirmations. Steve Chalke is no stranger to having views out of step with many evangelicals having previously rejected penal substitution as “Cosmic Child Abuse.

But don’t think for a moment that Chalke is alone in his opinions. Peter Saunders has written about a pressure group called “Accepting Evangelicals” that Steve Chalke is a member of. We are sure to hear more of this group in the future. Arguments on their site and in Chalke’s interestingly mirror that Wayne Grudem’s prediction that moves to have women church leaders would lead to changing attitudes to homosexuality. It will be interesting to see how views in the Evangelical movement develop.

Chalke’s article was also published in a shorter form alongside another traditional viewpoint in Christianity Magazine.

In this context, and to little comment, earlier this month the UK Church of England has announced celibate homosexual clergy may now become Bishops (some of whom are actively in civil partnerships). This is a move that few predicted happening, especially after the recent vote not to allow women bishops.

Sam Allberry is a very good friend of mine who is a minister in the Church of England who recently “came out” as someone who has experienced homosexual attraction all his life. In a highly personal statement he is very clear about his own decision to live celibate,

It is simply not possible to argue for gay relationships from the Bible. Attempts by some church leaders to do so inevitably involve twisting some texts and ignoring others. God’s Word is, in fact, clear. The Bible consistently prohibits any sexual activity outside of marriage.

As someone who experiences homosexual feelings this is not always an easy word to hear. It has sometimes been very painful to come to terms with what the Bible says. There have been times of acute temptation and longing—times when I have been “in love.” And yet Scripture shows that these longings distort what God has created me for.

However much we have to leave behind we are never left out of pocket. Whatever we give up Jesus replaces, in godly kind and greater measure. No one who leaves will fail to receive, and the returns are extraordinary—a hundredfold. What we give up for Jesus does not compare to what he gives back. If the costs are great, the rewards are even greater, even in this life. For me these include a wonderful depth of friendship God has given me with many brothers and sisters; the opportunities of singleness; the privilege of a wide-ranging ministry; and the community of a wonderful church family. But greater than any of these things is the opportunity that any complex and difficult situation presents us with: to learn the all-sufficiency of Christ—learning that fullness of life and joy is in him and his service, and nowhere else.” READ MORE

CNN recently published an article by dissident catholic Daniel A. Helminiak explaining why he believes the Bible does not prohibit homosexual activity, Kevin DeYoung wrote on the Gospel Coalition blog about why he disagreed with that article.

No Pastor today can escape thinking this issue through. Actually no Christian can afford not to consider it carefully either. Sometimes the easiest bit is working out your own opinion. The harder bit is thinking about how to explain that opinion to others in both society and the Church.

Today Steve Chalke will no doubt alienate many Evangelicals by what he has said. But, I would not be surprised if he also alienates some homosexuals by not going far enough in their opinion. In recent months there have been a string of prominent pastors asked by Piers Morgan in interviews what they think on this matter. Here are some links to some of their answers:

  • Mark Driscoll “I believe that all sex outside of heterosexual marriage [is a sin] . . . So, me as a teenager having sex before marriage, that was wrong. People looking at pornography is wrong. Single people having sex is wrong. Homosexuality is wrong”
  • Rick Warren was challenged by Piers Morgan, “”Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it . . .My point to you about gay rights, for example, it’s time for an amendment to the Bible.” Warren replied, “No, not a chance. What I believe is flawed is human opinion, because it constantly changes. What is new is not true. If it was here 1,000 years ago, it will be true 1,000 years from today. Opinion changes, truth doesn’t.”
  • Joel Osteen was asked if his view on homosexuality had changed and replied, “You know, Piers, it really never changes because mine’s based out of the scripture. That’s what I believe that the scripture says — that homosexuality is a sin. I believed it before and I still believe it now…. I’m not mad at anybody, I don’t dislike anybody. Respecting my faith and believing in what the scripture says, that’s the best way I can interpret it.”

About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock has been a blogger since April 2003, and a member of Jubilee Church, London since 1995, where he seves as part of the leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso.

Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus.

Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway.

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  • http://alanmolineaux.blogspot.com/2012/01/message-from-coward.html Alan Molineaux

    I appreciate your outline.
    I am sad that the question of evangelical status is being brought up again.

  • Adrian Warnock

    It was Chalke himself who brought up the idea that he approaches the Bible in a different way to many other Evangelicals. Interestingly he argues that so does everyone who believes women can be leaders in the Church.

    • Joe Canner

      It is interesting that many who are (rightfully, I think) willing to go against 1000s of years of tradition (and apparent Biblical teaching) with respect to the role of women in church are not willing to go against 1000s of years of tradition (and apparent Biblical teaching) with respect to homosexuality. This is not to say that there is a perfect parallel, but hand-wringing about relativism and cultural accomodation rings a little hollow when done by those who themselves have gone against tradition and been criticized for it.

  • Joe Canner

    “Imagine the impact of millions of Christians befriending homosexuals who are still ostracized by many in Society. Jesus was known as a friend of those that others did not want to associate with.”

    Bingo! At another blog here at Patheos there is a vigorous discussion about Chalke’s statement, but unfortunately it focused on the “is it a sin?” question because the moderator wanted to discuss whether churches should perform same-gender marriages. While this is an interesting question, a much more relevant and useful one is the one that you raise: how do we love and serve the LGBT community?

    • http://diesisgain.blogspot.com/ Rob Mason

      My question to that Joe is, which community should be the higher identity? I understand why there is a LGBT(Q) community, but if we’re talking about Christ followers, then irrespective of our national community, our gender community, our family community etc aren’t we to be principally identified by our heavenly community? As such, when patriotism or sexuality or gender or any other thing is elevated to primary identity, doesn’t that become idolatry? However, I appreciate this is a point of semantics, The important point you raise is ‘how do we love and serve everyone [regardless of whatever categorised barrier we put up to differentiate 'them' from 'us'].. and that is a question which requires the sort of soul searching and prayerful reflection identified by Steve Chalke. We may respectfully reach different conclusions, but we really should put in similar effort!

  • http://42.blogs.warnock.me.uk/ Dave Warnock

    Adrian,

    “I have no intention of getting into this debate myself”

    But actually you have done so in two main ways
    a) You link to another post of yours urging people to join a campaign against marriage equality.
    b) the links you include make your position in the debate clear. No +ve link about Steve Chalke unless it is immediately followed by a rebuttal. No -ve links about Steve Chalke are followed by rebuttals.

    Your language as Alan points out attempts to challenge again whether Steve Chalke or others are evangelicals.

    So a #fail on not entering the debate.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock Adrian Warnock

      Well Dave that link doesn’t advocate joining the coalition for marriage. In fact I haven’t joined it myself. I’ve added a link to a piece which argues Evangelicals don’t have to campaign on this issue. Also now linked to the Campollo piece (thanks for the link). Very happy to add some more links supportive to Chalke as well. These are complex issues and there is a broad range of opinion in the church on it all.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock Adrian Warnock

      Well Dave that link doesn’t advocate everyone should join the coalition for marriage. In fact I haven’t joined it myself. I’ve added a link to a piece which argues Evangelicals don’t have to campaign on this issue. Also now linked to the Campollo piece (thanks for the link). Very happy to add some more links supportive to Chalke as well. These are complex issues and there is a broad range of opinion in the church on it all.

      • whodatperson3

        Why in the world is this complicated? God’s word says what it says and we either live by it or we do not. If we do, we are called children of God. If we do not, we are children of Satan.

  • http://science-and-values.blogspot.co.uk/ Andrew Sibley

    I beleive Steve has a point about loving people who are in pain, but his conclusion is misguided. The gospel is about transformation and transcendance, taking us from where we are and changing us into the human beings we were meant to be in Christ. We should refuse to label people gay or straight, and see all as people in need of God’s love.

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  • Rhys Laverty

    At the end of the day, pastoral issues and the Christian imperative to love and bless others aside, Steve Chalke is a cowardly and deceptive false teacher who has departed from the clear teaching of Scripture. Evangelicals have a responsibility to state as much, as they’re called to by the New Testament.

    • David Dean

      Rhys,

      Steve Chalke, I should think, understands that he has walked, with the help of the Holy Spirit, into the light with regard to his further understanding of human sexuality and Scripture, which clearly does not refer to homosexuality. More and more Christians, including evangelicals, are coming to this understanding. Our number grows exponentially! Steve has exercised courage to state what he has stated. He has exercised Christian leadership by stating what he has stated.

      • whodatperson3

        Homosexuality just like adultery, liars, cheats, tax cheats, murderer’s and such. Next you’ll be saying is that is poly marriage and pedophilia will be too. Both being pushed as well.

        The bible is true, long ago, today and for ever. Just because someone wants to say that homosexual marriage is ok, or women pastors are as well doesn’t mean it’s right. Both are wrong and I’m sure they’ll be some blasting on the 2nd one as well.

        This man isn’t a pastor or at least a good one. His ‘light’ is actually darkness and many will perish because of it. God change is heart and save his soul.

        • http://diesisgain.blogspot.com/ Rob Mason

          You forgot gluttons and gossips… oh wait…

      • d l talley

        “…his further understanding of human sexuality and Scripture, which clearly does not refer to homosexuality.” Seriously?

  • reverend robbie

    There’s nothing wrong with being gay or allowing gay people to marry regardless of what you think is the proper interpretation of the Bible. It’s that easy. Just end bigotry toward homosexuals, please, starting with any prejudice you may harbor within yourself.

    • Lauren

      It’s not good to live by feelings or what’s “hip” at the moment. You’re asking me to subscribe to your view, and just easily give up what the Bible says. And it’s fascinating how, when some issue is popular, dissenters are called ____phobic, or anti-________. The whole gay rights thing is not even a valid concept, but just about people who refuse to take responsibility for their sin, and want everyone else to support them for that. It’s all rather childish.

    • whodatperson3

      Robbie,

      There’s lots wrong with homosexuality just like adultery, liars, cheats, tax cheats, murderer’s and such. Next you’ll be saying is that is poly marriage and pedophilia will be too. Both being pushed as well.

      The bible is true, long ago, today and for ever. Just because someone wants to say that homosexual marriage is ok, or women pastors are as well doesn’t mean it’s right. Both are wrong and I’m sure they’ll be some blasting on the 2nd one as well.

  • Oco

    Thanks for the Link. It sounds as though Steve has come across Christians with same sex attraction that have been treated terribly by their Churches – that needs to be acknowledged and where bigotry exists it needs to be shown to be just that. We’re part of a fallen world, and whether we’re straight or Gay our sexuality is not what it should be. I used to have a pastor who called himself an non practising adulterer which I’m sure reflects the sexuality of many straight married Christians. Our fallenness is beyond dispute but it is how we respond to this – is it in repentance and faith, or through carry on in our sin and fudging the issue. The woman caught in adultery is a wonderful example of Jesus challenges the bigotry and the sin. Jesus lays down the Challenge to the crowd, that he who is free from Sin should throw the first stone, but is equally challenging to the adulterous women – go away and Sin no more. Being homosexual isn’t sinful, but sex outside of marriage is. We need to care for our Christian brothers and sisters that struggle with same sex attraction, I think Steve is probably right that sexuality is a taboo topic and we need to address it more often and bring it under the eternal wisdom of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit or we are likely to follow the world on this, or allow those that struggle with same sex attraction to think that we follow the world (Bigotry or endorsing homosexual practice) whereas we should be loving and encouraging our Brothers and Sisters in the Lord to remain faithful to Jesus Christ in every aspect of our live, knowing that He loved us and gave himself for us.

  • Joe S

    Being truly loving towards our homosexual friends includes recognizing the fact that gay people no longer refer to themselves as “homosexuals”. The word has been “gay” for about 30 years now.

    You can still hold to a traditional view of marriage and sexuality and have the common courtesy to address a person/group by the name they use for themselves.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock Adrian Warnock

      Well maybe I’m saying this as a medic. Or maybe as a Brit. But I have never heard anyone suggest that the term homosexual is in any way offensive. It’s an accurate term that at least on this side of the Atlantic I have also heard gay people use of themselves.

      • http://42.blogs.warnock.me.uk/ Dave Warnock

        My experience is that many people have moved on from homosexual, in part because it is too specific and not inclusive.

        So LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) and more inclusive versions tend to be used (the inclusive versions vary but often add Queer and Intersex).

  • David Dean

    ” a conservative view on homosexuality”

    I do not know what that means. I think, believe and understand that we must have a view of human sexuality that reflects reality. It is real that humans are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. If conservatively minded people reject reality, it will be hard to help them to understand human sexuality.

    • http://42.blogs.warnock.me.uk/ Dave Warnock

      David Dean, I agree.

  • Alex Booyse

    Atheists approach the Bible in a different way. Imagine if we all approached the child abuse laws of the country in our own way. It’s not Mr Chalke who sets the moral standard of what is sin and what is not. For some God is only life insurance. But last I looked He’s not in the life insurance business. The Meerkats are. God is God and bows to nobody.

  • Nigel Warner

    Thank you for this Adrian. It seems to me that the views that you have gathered here and the links that allow all opinions to be viewed in their original form is a great blessing. I really appreciate the effort you have gone to and the humility with which you have sought to simply present things without shaping them. Thank You!

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock Adrian Warnock

      Thanks Nigel! It’s a really important issue, and anyone who thinks all Christians think the same on this is mistaken

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  • sarah

    I have appreciated Tony Campolo’s article and also agree that the church has much to be ashamed of in how we have treated gay people. However, I believe that the whole issue is that any sexual relationship outside that of marriage (one man one woman) is wrong. I (by God’s grace) lived my life celibate for nearly 36 years and then got married. I didn’t believe sex before marriage was right then, and i don’t now; and since getting married I see why. And I have gay friends who are Christian who live celibate lives, as a shining example of faith and whose Christian lives have been an inspiration to me. Perhaps one of the problems we have here is that the church devalues singleness and celibacy in this day and age and therefore people feel it is a pressure and their right to marry/ to express the sexuality in this way….?

  • Dave M Johnson

    It’s interesting that Chalke’s theological position on this issue is formed using trajectory hermeneutics, which is a methodology often associated with a theologian called William Webb (who lives in my local area here Canada) who is known for his book ‘Slaves, Women and Homosexuals’, Essentially the position (Webb has a website detailing this better than I can) is that certain verses in the bible were written (by the authors in the cultural context) to point toward an ultimate ethic that the spirit is directing the church toward, which can either be found in other verses or that are elsewhere, and provides 18 criteria on how to identify them. Webb uses this hermeneutic to argue against slavery and for egalitarianism in marriage and church leadership, but interestingly he concludes that verses on homosexuality are not part of a trajectory. The criticisms (and you can find these by people like Grudem, Mohler, Piper etc) are that it distorts the canon of scripture so that some verses have precedence over others and that the true ethic on some verses is found outside of scripture.

    I think this is going to be an issue to watch over the coming weeks, months and years, both in Canada where I live, the UK where I was born and elsewhere in the world. The way that evangelicals interpret scripture is being challenged by a high profile church leader and there needs to be a theologically and intellectually articulate response. Chalke rightly points out that people have too often been not shown love and grace even when the currently prevailing evangelical position is held, and churches need to be ready to minister to these people at this especially when homosexuality is being promoted so heavily by government, education and media. I also have a feeling that the evangelical church in the UK will have a lot of pressure put on it by the government, media etc to either conform to ‘modern trends’ or else be ridiculed, marginalized, have it’s integrity attacked and further still encounter legal issues for standing against the prevailing secular culture. If the currently predominant position on homosexuality is indeed right then I think the evangelical church needs to learn to better communicate the intricate brilliance of this model to society.

  • Adam Marshall

    I would like to hear from those who are pro-homosexuality/ pro-”gay marriage”. Does this mean that God now entitles me to have anal sex with my wife provided that it is “an expression of love”? Do you think this is something the apostles would have agreed with/ done? And Mary Magdalen? I’m afraid you are listening to the doctrine of demons. God comes first, not free-will. That is the order of things.

  • Kish

    There are a number of issues here.

    1) The arguement that says Steve Chalke (and others like him) are going against thousands of years of Bible interpreation is like when the Pharisees crucified Jesus as he dared call himself God. This is not an arguement against a different viewpoint.

    2) The Evangelical Community are divided on women leaders again most denominations have moved on and accepted in the Acts church there were women leaders and prophets so they could well be wrong on Homosexuality.

    3) It is quite clear the there are Gay people who were born that way (not all as some are nurtered perhaps) i.e. God created them that way and God loves his creation. Therefore why was this the case? Before we say we are born sinful when it comes to sexuality hetros can marry Gays cannot. A loving God would not allow this.

    4) In the time of Sodam and Gomorrah gang rape was the normal occurance which is why God wiped them out rather than them being Gay although many were. Again in the New Testament people were into orgies of both sexes and I believe this is what Paul was writing against.

    5) There is the arguement that says we can love the Gay people but not accept their sin. There is truth in that as we are all sinners but I agree with Steve Chalke when he says the Christian Homosexual community are not themselves and are treated like second class citizens. Some have left my former church. Others have come back to Christ as gay people in churches which accept them and bless their relationships.

    6) Why do the Evangelicals not cry out against people who live together who are not married? Many churches including some New Frontiers accept these people and encourage them to marry but not force or kick them out the church.

    7) The accusation that people pick and choose bible verses is applicable to ALL Christians as no one interprets the Bible litereally.

    • Katherine Appello

      God is not just fluffy love love, he is also rightly so about judgement and justice and perfect holiness, which can and will never change. His standards don’t change, so marriage is forever one man and one woman, though those of the Bible had concubines etc.., never made it right, always was wrong, just like all sexual sin is wrong, and all sin is wrong and we must seek the Holy Trinity to give us strength to come out of all sin living. God love the sinner, but will forever loath the sin to vomit, nothing changes that, period and we are not to be of the world or of the dark, nor love the things of this world, no matter what tendencies Satan seeds within us.

  • http://www.dlm-evangelical-ministries.org daniele luciano moskal

    In the past twenty years or so there has been a major campaign to not only accept the practice of Homosexuality and Lesbianism, but to glorify it. Advocates have hijacked the beautiful word “gay”, which is more rightly applied to happy people enjoying light hearted pleasure. We are subjected to T.V programmes and magazine articles on a daily basis, which almost infer that sexually straight people are the odd ones out. We are seeing more and more Christian Church leaders in this once God-Fearing nation of Great Britain, who based its Laws on the Ten Commandments, (who say then have been ordained, anointed and called of God), compromising their faith and pressurised to accept homosexual ministers, lesbianism and gay homosexual acts. I would have to question whether or not they are fit to lead, teach or preach in God’s Holy Church. The Church of the true and living God is ‘the Church’ – His Church and not any denominational Church. God said: “I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!” God also said in His Word – the Holy Bible: “Be holy, for I am holy! ” And “without holiness we cannot see Him or even be in His presence!”

    The homosexual lobby is trying to present itself as natural and as normal as the heterosexual practice. The Holy Bible describes homosexual relationships in two words – an abomination.
    Why? Because the male and female sexual organs are for the procreation of children by husband and wife within the bond of marriage. The homosexual act breaks this anatomical “law”. It does not work. Homosexuals never produce any progeny. Holy wedlock was instituted by God Almighty between one man and one woman for life (Adam and Eve); not Adam and Steve or Mary or Martha!

    God did not institute any such union between a man and another man. God absolutely condemns any and all such relationships. There is no Biblical alternative to heterosexuality within the vows of holy matrimony. How then can there be any discussion on homosexual “rights”? Both Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the three mainstream religions of this world despise homosexuality.
    Homosexual practices are a diabolically deviant act and an unnatural discrimination and abomination against womankind. It implies that half of the world’s population is the wrong gender!!
    The great majority of society cannot but hate the homosexual act as being exceedingly filthy. It is impossible to assess its depravity. The Holy Bible condemns absolutely any and all such relationships. The New Testament puts an emphatic ban on all homosexual behaviour.
    Why then do the Church and the Government seek to comply with such “so-called” rights? There is no basis for such “rights” anywhere in the Scripture. For it is written: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites … will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6: 9-11).

    There seems no reasonable doubt that homosexual conduct must be clearly labelled as sin. But the Holy Bible distinguishes sharply between sin and the sinner. Everyone has a weakness of some sort, and homosexual tendencies are not to be put in some special class of their own. As sinners, we all need the support of other Christians, and homosexuals need this supportive fellowship more than most because loneliness is their worst enemy. Some fear that the danger of ostracism, if they own up to their feelings in a Christian fellowship (where the Truth is taught), is too great a risk to run. Where this is true, the Church bears a large measure of blame. God accepts us as we are, and His Church can hardly do less. But God also seeks to change us, and again the homosexual is no exception to the rule. Some Christian homosexuals find that their whole sexual orientation undergoes a radical change when they open their lives to God’s awesome deliverance and healing power. Others have to fight the same old temptations, in God’s strength, all their lives. But, as many heterosexual men and women have found, the single life is not a second-best if it is part of God’s will. Jesus Christ the founder of Christianity Himself lived a perfectly fulfilled human life, even though He never married!!

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  • Dannyboy

    Society has not really changed its mind about same sex marriage and homosexuality. Rather, the homosexuals and the liberals in the mainstream media have brainwashed the public by bombarding them with pro-homosexual propaganda and withholding information about what homosexual programs are doing in schools.

  • Anne Brewitt

    JESUS is the same yesterday today and forever, just because culture has gone it’s own way, does NOT make it right Steve.


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