Evangelicals and Discussions About Homosexuality

Homosexuality has been a controversial subject for as long as the Church has existed. Changes in the definitions of marriage have only exasperated that situation. The Church does have something to say about homosexuality but it has not always very productive in its articulation.

Here are some things that may be helpful for Christians to reflect on when discussing homosexuality either publicly or privately.

  • Homosexuality is not necessarily a choice. People with same-sex attraction do not choose that. It is not as simple as either being born gay or choosing to be gay. The actual situation is much more complicated.
  • While the Bible has something to say about homosexual activity, the Bible does not have anything to say about same-sex attraction.
  • There is no role for the Church to judge the lifestyle of those outside the church. (1 Corinthians 5:12)
  • Homosexual sin is not worse than heterosexual sin.
  • Evangelicals should speak according to knowledge and not just emotion.
  • Homosexuality is not just an issue, it is about people.
  • The Church does need to address the problem of suicide among LGBTQ youth.

None of these things are an argument against the traditional view of homosexuality. They are just things to be considering when speaking about homosexuality.

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2 thoughts on “Evangelicals and Discussions About Homosexuality”

  1. Hey Steve, how’s it going? It’s been great to read your posts. Yeah, you and I agree all these points. I’ve been telling people in the church that as Christians and as a church we are not ready to deal with this IF a person with same-sex attraction were to walk into our church, or come out and disclose the challenge they’re dealing with.

  2. Stephen,

    Thanks for this, please permit me to poke a bit at this:
    – While the Bible has something to say about homosexual activity, the Bible does not have anything to say about same-sex attraction.
    What about Romans 1 “In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.” ?

    My take on this would be that temptation is not a sin, so being tempted, as you put it “same-sex attraction” is no more of an issue than me being tempted to overeat, or under-pray. I would feel that this is the bible speaking on same sex attraction, in the same way as it speaks of heterosexual attraction.

    I heartily agree with everything else you’ve said, and it grieves me to see the church take a huge stance on this and drop all sorts of other issues that we should deal with, and be in the middle of.

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