Today, many have adopted the opinion that for any man or woman to be saved and healed from same-sex attraction, they must not have even a hint of a homosexual orientation. In other words, victory over temptation is not good enough.
Causes me to ask, “Is my right standing with God the Father determined by that which may sorely tempt or is it in the truth of Scripture which clearly states, “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white, I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and His angels. (Revelation 3:5)
To say to someone struggling with homosexuality that, “With God all things are possible,” (Matthew 19:26) is completely correct. However, to communicate that “He will” totally and completely eradicate your homosexual orientation is a bit presumptuous and altogether different.
Most people cannot even begin to imagine what an intense battle a Christian faces when sexual orientation and traditional Christian teachings against the practice of homosexuality collide. Too often, the anguish of the individual is not considered or appreciated by those that have never struggled with same-sex attraction.
That is exactly why the Christian community should be a safe haven for homosexual persons to be honest about their orientation thereby giving the Church a grand opportunity to encourage each other on to lifestyles that glorify Christ.
Isn’t that what Jesus would do?
Of course, as followers of Christ, the practice of homosexuality should never be encouraged or affirmed. However, when any man or woman has the courage and the integrity to disclose their battle with homosexuality, that in and of itself should never be taken lightly and viewed as an opportunity to share Christ’s love and acceptance for and to the individual.
The delicate balance, if not challenge, is our willingness to keep the lines of communication open and enter into the relationship without compromising truth or love. It means not backing down from the truth of Scripture and remaining dedicated to reaching men and women in a Christ-like way.
Since love is basic to Christianity, His love must be extended to all persons – including those that struggle with same-sex attraction. This, I am convinced, is exactly what Jesus would do.
Pastor Phillip Lee
His Way Out Ministries
Member of Restored Hope Network
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