Building an unsustainable bridge between sin and holiness.
they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of
corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in
'3 common Christian views'
1: "The world thinks gay relationships are OK,
so the church should too."
Christians are beginning it take this view.
does not think this view reflects what the Bible
What the world does is down to the world and the main job of
Church is to present the Gospel to the world and to pray that they will
turn to Christ (Matthew 28:19).
A Christian who makes
Jesus Lord of his/her life should follow the teaching
in the Bible (James
1:22) and understand that God regards gay lifestyles and
relationships as sinful.
2: "Being gay is a sin therefore Christians
should condemn gay people."
gay people think this is what all Christians think.
are wrong. Some Christians have thought this in the past, and
some still do, but they are becoming fewer and fewer. Even
himself sexually pure, refused to condemn the woman who was
to be sexually immoral (John 8:11). Many of these
are at last realising this view is wrong and not Christ-like at all and
are moving to View 1 or View 3.*
"The Bible teaches that gay relationships are sinful.
However, people who identify themselves as gay are very much
by God and should be encouraged to get to know Him better - just like
is known about why gay feelings develop in people (despite a wide
variety of claims). But just because we feel something, or
attracted to someone, does not mean that we are compelled to
that into action. We have choices and we have
ourselves and to others. All of us, in many ways, and at many
times, restrain our feelings and make good choices about what we do
with our feelings and impulses.
people who feel same-sex attractions decide to adopt "gay" as
their identity. It may not feel like they are choosing, but
reality they are making a choice to publically declare they "are gay"
and to live a lifestyle that reflects that. However, there
many people (especially many Christians) who choose to identify as "in
Christ" (2 Cor 5:17), and give their identity as a Christian a higher
priority than any sexual attractions they may feel. They
to follow God's Word rather than sexual feelings. This is not
easy, but Jesus never said the Christian life would be easy.
fact He said, "if anyone would follow me he must deny himself and take
up his cross" (Mark 8:34). If we believe that gay
are sinful, no matter what we feel, or whatever the cost, we should not
participate in them.
TfT, we hold to View 3, which has a biblical balance between truth and
love (Ephesians 4:15).
the Biblical view is that even homosexual attraction is a vile and
sinful affection that must be mortified.
Christian thieves or murderers parade their vile desires? Then no more
so should 'Christian gays' or 'Christian celibate gays' as TFT
note the sinful confusion in attitude 2, of our view of the
vilness of homosexuality and homosexual desires and a concern for
homosexuals who may be beginning to seek repentance and
deliverance from that snare.
this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women
did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in
their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is
unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error
which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their
knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things
which are not convenient;'
affection is ranked with 'unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness,
covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit,
malignity; whisperers, backbiting, hatred of God, being despiteful,
proud, or boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
being without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural
affection, implacable, unmerciful' It is a vile and odious sin, all too
often accompanied by the same evil tendency shown in these
traits of the flesh, 'knowing the judgment of God, that they which
commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have
pleasure in them that do them.'