In essence, we have become a culture who now worships itself as God, not only in mind and body, but also in destiny and purpose. We sanction this ‘religion’ through feeling and experience while pronouncing all truth to be relative. How incredibly convenient is that?
We are a people driven, controlled and consumed by our feelings. Very often, truth becomes established according to our experiences. Our self-obsession and rebellion against the rule of God has blinded us.
Christians are commanded to “come out from among these rebellious people.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18) Believe it or not, we do not have to respond to every feeling or emotion that comes along. God gave us a mind and the inner witness of the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. Experience must always be subservient to the principles outlined in God’s Word.
I have been and continue to be very fortunate and blessed in meeting men and women who have emerged from the brokenness of same-sex attraction. When I view and consider the personal difficulties they have had to face, the incredible courage they have displayed not only in facing many difficulties but also in confronting a culture that uses every opportunity to deny the validity of their values, goals, and experiences, I stand back in awe. It is these men and women, former homosexuals and those still struggling, who present a model of everything good and possible.
Frankly, the battle that rages is not over a person’s sexuality, but rather over which spirit will claim that person’s allegiance. The cultural and political battle over homosexuality and related issues has become in many respects the defining moment for our society.
The battle rages over much more than just “gay rights.” The more important aspect of this battle is not the political one; it is the one for the individual human soul.
In his book, Eros Defiled, John White writes, “We are all playing Christian club games while men and women around us are tormented by sin, too timid to bare their bosoms, too ashamed to ask our help.”
It is the response of the Church to the man or woman combating same-sex attraction that will largely determine if he or she will keep fighting. All the counseling, support groups, curriculum, etc. in the world will be in vain if he does not have a church to love him, support him, and relate to him.
We must recognize the existence of homosexually oriented believers in our churches. They exist and a tremendous need for ministry exists with them.
When we preach or teach against the evil of a lifestyle or activity, we should also be seeking alternatives to offer in place of the thing we are condemning. It doesn’t take a lot of expertise to develop ministry to those struggling with same-sex attraction. Some basic understanding of homosexuality is helpful, of course, and the many ministries, churches and professional Christian counselors affiliated with Restored Hope Network can provide an abundance of useful information.
However, a willingness to be involved in the lives of those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction is the starting point from which solid, successful ministry to them can develop.
“Love, and the unity it attests to, is the mark Christ gave Christians to wear before the world. Only with this mark may the world know that Christians are indeed Christians and that Jesus was sent by the Father.” Francis Schaeffer
His Way Out Ministries remains dedicated to raising awareness, educating, encouraging and equipping the Body of Christ to minister transformingly to those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction.
Pastor Phillip Lee
His Way Out Ministries
Member of Restored Hope Network
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