True Freedom Trust

Building an unsustainable bridge between sin and holiness.

'While 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 bondage.'
Taken from TfT's site:
'3 common Christian views'
View 1:  "The world thinks gay relationships are OK, so the church should too."

Many Christians are beginning it take this view.  

TfT does not think this view reflects what the Bible teaches.  What the world does is down to the world and the main job of the 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. 

View 2:  "Being gay is a sin therefore Christians should condemn gay people."

Many gay people think this is what all Christians think.   They are wrong.  Some Christians have thought this in the past, and some still do, but they are becoming fewer and fewer.  Even Jesus, himself sexually pure, refused to condemn the woman who was found to be sexually immoral (John 8:11).  Many of these Christians are at last realising this view is wrong and not Christ-like at all and are moving to View 1 or View 3.*

View 3:  "The Bible teaches that gay relationships are sinful. However, people who identify themselves as gay are very much loved by God and should be encouraged to get to know Him better - just like anyone else."

Little is known about why gay feelings develop in people (despite a wide variety of claims).  But just because we feel something, or are attracted to someone, does not mean that we are compelled to put that into action.  We have choices and we have responsibilities to 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. 

Many people who feel same-sex attractions decide to adopt "gay" as their identity.  It may not feel like they are choosing, but in reality they are making a choice to publically declare they "are gay" and to live a lifestyle that reflects that.  However, there are 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 choose to follow God's Word rather than sexual feelings.  This is not easy, but Jesus never said the Christian life would be easy.  In 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 relationships are sinful, no matter what we feel, or whatever the cost, we should not participate in them. 

At TfT, we hold to View 3, which has a biblical balance between truth and love (Ephesians 4:15).

Nonsense, the Biblical view is that even homosexual attraction is a vile and sinful affection that must be mortified.

Should Christian thieves or murderers parade their vile desires? Then no more so should 'Christian gays' or 'Christian celibate gays' as TFT terms them.

*Please 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.

'For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And 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;'

Homosexual 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 other 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.'

The founder of the New Perspective on Paul, E. P Sanders - a heretical position widely embraced among neo-evangelicals - writes as apologetically as other liberals on the subject of depravity
E P Sanders on Paul p.135 (h/t PN)

Others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
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