Rachel Held Evans: Ask a Gay Christian

Rachel continues her excellent series, “Ask a…” with this post in which Justin Lee responds to reader questions:

In the end, I decided that I needed to be consistent in my approach to the Bible: whatever standards I used for deciding this needed to be the same standards I would take to other issues. I spent years prayerfully studying how Jesus and the New Testament writers used Scripture, what the Bible has to say about the nature of sin in general, Jesus’ teachings about the law and the Sabbath, Paul’s teachings on sexual morality and marriage, and how the early church resolved controversial issues of their day. The more I studied, the more convinced I became that we Christians had applied a different standard to the homosexuality texts than we had to other Scriptural texts, and that condemning Christ-centered relationships solely based on gender was actually inconsistent with biblical teaching.

via Rachel Held Evans | Ask a Gay Christian (Justin Responds).