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Each Saturday morning beginning at 7:30am (PST) on KERI 1410AM, and live streamed at www.wilkinsradio.com, His Way Out Ministries offers a 30-minute broadcast dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out and minister to individuals, families, and churches impacted by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

Season 5, Episode 21
Special Guest: Joe Dallas, ordained pastoral counselor, speaker, and author of numerous books including Speaking of Homosexuality, The Gay Gospel, When Homosexuality Hits Home, and The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality.

Joe begins our broadcast by sharing his story of how same-sex attraction impacted his life and what ultimately caused him to surrender to the Lordship of Christ. We ultimately turn our attention to and discuss: Can Homosexuals Really Change, What is Pro-Gay Theology, What is the Real Crisis We Face Today, Truth and Grace, The Gay Christian, and When Homosexuality Hits Home.

HWOM Podcast with Joe Dallas pt1
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Joe Dallas

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Three weeks ago, a very unexpected storm came my way that I just didn’t see coming. I landed in the hospital for three days largely due to complications in combating and controlling my HIV. It was the hospital stay and then two weeks at home to fully recover that enabled me to ponder and visit places in my heart that even today flood my soul.

Today attempts to divert theological arguments regarding homosexuality rather than solve them are widening. Battles over homosexuality in churches have been raging for decades and continue today. Tragically, Sunday after Sunday, men and women gather for worship as though nothing has happened. Caught in the middle of this dark draft are men and women struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction. What are they to do? Where are they to go? Who will protect and defend them?

It is beyond tragic that much of the Church has become ensnared and bound by the false belief that in order to be effective in ministering to an individual with same-sex attraction, they must have struggled with same-sex attraction as well. Frankly, for the majority, this has become a matter of convenience to do nothing. Compounding the crisis is the absence of conviction.

One of my absolute all-time favorite movies, directed by Robert Redford, is A River Runs Through It. It is a story about a Presbyterian minister in Montana with two sons. One son most definitely takes a more conventional approach to life while the other is a bit of a rascal. The two men take undeniably different paths in life but remain held together by the bond of family unity and respect. Sadly, at the end of the story, the renegade son is shot in a gambling dispute and dies. At the end of the film, the father is preaching. His sermon comes from Scripture and focuses on the often limitations of love. He says, “Often times those we love are the most unwilling or unable to accept our love. We reach out, but what we offer is not accepted. And, so we find that the help we offer is unwanted – but, we can love them all the same. We can love completely, even without complete understanding.”

Caught in the middle of the spiritual vacuum of “say nothing, do nothing” with regard to homosexuality and related issues, is the repentant homosexual that has not only abandoned the sexual sin of homosexual practice but a whole network of support and an identity as well. Surrendering unconditionally to the Lordship of Christ, they enter Church (many for the first time in their lives) with nothing. God, having brought them to a place of repentance, feel very frightened, vulnerable, and very, very alone.

I freely admit that I remain perplexed and deeply troubled by those in the Church that are terrified, if not paralyzed by the gay rights movement, and want to see any further legitimization of homosexuality stopped dead in its tracks but remain hesitant and unwilling to offer ministry to those who desire to come out of the behavior. This makes absolutely no sense.

Today, more than ever, we are in need of churches that will not sidestep truth or grace but offer crystal clear truth on a host of issues, including homosexuality, toward every person. Frankly, this is exactly what the Church was called to be from the beginning and it is exactly what people are looking for today. It is a Church just like this that saved my life.

Over these past 28 years of my new life in Christ, I have shared numerous times the heart-wrenching fact that all those I once ran with are now gone. To this day, their names, faces, their laughs, haunt me. I clearly and vividly remember a phone call with my closest and dearest friend just before he passed away with AIDS. He remained in San Francisco long after God had transported me back to Bakersfield in 1985 when and where everything in my life changed. The last thing he said to me over a phone conversation was, “Phillip, we don’t understand what has happened to you, but whatever it is, keep it up.” Indeed, I continue to be haunted by waters.

Many know and understand the importance and significance of reaching the unreached peoples of the world for Christ Jesus. What about the unreached homosexual population? We, the Christian community, have a lot to learn about bringing Jesus to the gays and lesbians who hopefully will one day knock at the doors of our churches. How about, “If you struggle with homosexuality and feel trapped – there is hope! Come on into Church and investigate the roots and causes of your struggle with homosexuality. We will walk with you as you look past the surface, deep into your heart, and consider God’s will for your life.”

It is the clarity of the Holy Scriptures that should compel each and every faithful follower of Christ Jesus to be a light where there is darkness, rather than hiding our witness from those who need it. Today, no one, with integrity, can continue to condemn a behavior or a group of people while doing so very, very little to see things improve.

Listen. Do you hear the waters?

Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive Director
His Way Out Ministries

His Way Out has been faithfully ministering to men and women seeking a way out of sexually broken lifestyles since 1994. We could not do it without the support of Christians like you. Every dollar that you give to His Way Out Ministries helps to further this vital ministry. Won’t you take a minute to prayerfully consider a monthly donation to His Way Out? Please consider making a one-time donation or set up a secure monthly PayPal contribution on our donation page at https://www.hiswayout.com/donate/. Thank you, Pastor Phillip Lee

His Way Out Ministries Podcasts are dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out and minister to individuals, families, and churches impacted by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

Dr. Michael Brown

Season 3, Episode 23
Dr. Michael L. Brown, founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry, Director of the Coalition of Conscience, and host of the daily, nationally, syndicated talk radio show, The Line of Fire, joins Pastor Phillip Lee to continue their discussion, focusing on the question, “Can you be gay and a Christian?” Scripture is abundantly clear that ‘change’ is possible. Today however, especially in America, little is being offered which promotes this truth about homosexuality.

Listen online or download the podcast.

Authority and the Process of Change with Michael Brown pt2 – Download MP3 –

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Few things are more effective than people who learn how to be “a friend (who) loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:17) while not being afraid to uphold God’s truth that “better is open rebuke than hidden love.” (Proverbs 27:5)

Pure, true, undefiled love seeks nothing higher than the welfare of people – all people. Today, Christians with gay-identified loved ones are often eager to share the Good News of Christ, but they wonder how they can do so without sounding judgmental. Churches too, want to be involved with ministry to homosexuals, but they are often hesitant being too unsure of how to proceed.

Personally, I remain convinced more men and women would find freedom from sexual and relational brokenness if they would stop being told what they want to hear, instead of what they need to know. God is more than able to bring good out of trouble and no matter what the issue may be regarding a person’s sexuality, God can heal it!

When considered objectively, the Scriptures are not silent concerning homosexuality. Within the totality of Scripture, the practice of homosexuality is always mentioned as a violation of God’s divine intent for human sexuality. The major references to homosexuality in Scripture are:

Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10; Genesis 19′ 2 Peter 2:7 and Jude 1:7.

There is no way Biblically to arrive at any other conclusion than the practice of homosexuality is a perversion of divine order. Furthermore, to stand and condemn homosexual practice in all its forms is not a symptom of homophobia or narrow-minded bigotry. It is to stand on the side of righteousness and truth and to be obedient to the One who said, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) For The Body of Christ, God the Father is the only One we should seek to please.

Sometimes, I believe we Christians over spiritualize things when what really needs to take place is a willingness and follow-through of taking practical steps. Therefore, permit me to offer a few illustrations and ministry guidelines when seeking to reach and reason with an individual in the throws of a battle with same-sex attraction.

Question: I have a hunch someone I know is struggling with homosexuality. How do I approach him?

Answer: When approaching anyone based upon a “hunch,” the potential for doing more harm than good is considerable. Your goal is not to expose someone’s homosexuality but to unearth and minister to the underlying problems. First and foremost, educate yourself on the factors that contribute to same-sex attraction. This will enable you to look beyond someone’s behavior and see a person.

Question: How do I introduce a gay person to Christ?

Answer: Why should ministry to a gay person be approached differently from ministry to anyone else? Evangelism should never be considered or conditioned on an individual’s difference. Also, introducing someone to Christ isn’t the end. The Lord directs us to “go and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19)

Question: Should we or how do we bring up the subject of homosexuality in our family?

Answer: Absolutely! There is nothing healthy about avoidance or denial. Freedom comes to those who choose to live in the light. (Ephesians 5:8) Call a family meeting with all the family knowing in advance the topic of discussion.

Question: Should we tell our friends and church family about our son coming out or remain silent?

Answer: Most families (Christian families in particular) become riddled with guilt and shame when becoming aware of a child’s homosexuality. However, remaining silent is unproductive and not healthy. If your church is not a safe place to seek caring support, find it elsewhere. Also, should you discuss your child’s homosexuality with others, extend to your child the courtesy of knowing whom you’ve told.

Question: Should I call or mail information to someone that isn’t interest in change?

Answer: Be careful. First, lay aside your need to prove to him the error of his ways. Pray the Holy Spirit will convict him. Ultimately, if your motives are not pure you just might have an opposite effect.

Question: How so we respond to our daughter wanting to bring her partner to our home?

Answer: First and foremost, clearly define the moral standards of your home while remembering your child’s gay friends are not going to encourage righteousness, so where will they see authenticity? Tolerance is a two-way street, and it’s perfectly fine to ask your daughter to extend to you the same tolerance she expects from you. In many cases, to arrive at a godly decision with many concerns that will surface – take homosexuality out of the equation.

Question: Should we force our child to go to counseling?

Answer: While letting your child know there is an option to same-sex attraction, forced counseling rarely works. Encourage your child to speak with an ex-gay man or woman.

Ideally, if one wanted to know how God feels and thinks about homosexuality and homosexual people, one should only have to look at the response of the Christian community. Our calling and mandate then, is to be His visible expression of both His heart and His mind towards homosexual people and homosexuality itself. Our challenge is to be full of grace balanced with truth.

Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive Director
His Way Out Ministries

His Way Out has been faithfully ministering to men and women seeking a way out of sexually broken lifestyles since 1994. We could not do it without the support of Christians like you. Every dollar that you give to His Way Out Ministries helps to further this vital ministry. Won’t you take a minute to prayerfully consider a monthly donation to His Way Out? Please consider making a one-time donation or set up a secure monthly PayPal contribution on our donation page at https://www.hiswayout.com/donate/. Thank you, Pastor Phillip Lee

His Way Out Ministries Podcasts are dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out and minister to individuals, families, and churches impacted by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

Pastor Phillip Lee & Dr. Michael Brown

Season 3, Episode 22
Dr. Michael L. Brown, founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry, Director of the Coalition of Conscience, and host of the daily, nationally, syndicated talk radio show, The Line of Fire, joins Pastor Phillip Lee to focus on sexual morality. It is not a matter of each individual’s personal interpretation but is a matter of authority, God’s authority. It is imperative the Church protect and defend The Authority of Scripture.

Listen online or download the podcast.

Authority and the Process of Change with Michael Brown pt1 – Download MP3 –

All past episodes of His Way Out Ministries Radio Broadcast are available by following THIS LINK or selecting the “Audio Podcast” category to the right.

It is helpful and important to remember that our sexual drive is good, not evil. However, it is easy enough to fall into the error of seeing our sexual feelings as the enemy, an unfortunate part of our being that keeps us defeated in our Christian walk. Our sexual longings have become distorted, but they are, nevertheless, a marvelous creation and a wonderful part of who we are as human beings.

So, how do men and women control their sexual behavior? Is it really possible to stop impure thoughts? How do we find purity in our sexual desires when we have indulged in homosexual fantasy or practice?

Renewing one’s mind and training ourselves is a cooperative effort between God and man. We see this principle throughout the Bible when God calls a man to a purpose and says, in essence, “Here’s the goal.” This is what MY part is in achieving it and here’s YOUR part. We’re not equals in our partnership with God, of course, and He doesn’t need us to fulfill His purposes, but in His wisdom, He’s chosen to include us in them. And so, when fulfilling them, we trust Him to do what we cannot do, and He entrusts us to do what we can.

Question: Is it a sin to have homosexual feelings? Does God condemn you for being attracted to other members of your own sex? No, being tempted is not the same as sin. The Bible distinguishes carefully between such feelings and sin. Inappropriate feelings, in biblical terminology, fit into the category of temptation. Being sexually attracted to another person is not the same as committing adultery in your heart (see Matthew 5:28). For it to become sin, you have to act on the temptation, either in your mind or your body.

All Christians have to deal with inappropriate sexual feelings and attractions. Those of us overcoming homosexuality are not unique; we do not belong in a different subclass than the rest of the Church. Sexual struggles are a part of being human! For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way just as we are – yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)

Every time we are tempted, it always begins with stimulation, which we choose to let in or not. If we let it in, we begin entertaining it, which often leads to indulgence. We are never going to avoid stimulation. To avoid or not embrace the truth that stimulation is unavoidable means our lives will remain in a constant state of frustration.

So, when do homosexual temptations become sin? The book of James sheds light on this important question: But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin. (James 1:14-15) There is always a time gap between conception and birth. A homosexual thought occurring in our mind can be either killed or nurtured. If it grows, it gives birth to sin. That is where our ability to choose comes into effect. We can choose whether or not homosexual thoughts (temptations) will become sin. If we nurture them, they will grow into lust. Simply defined, lust is the desire to have what is not rightfully mine.

Lust can involve much more than just sex. We can lust for emotional intimacy and seek it by forming relationships that avoid sex but are riddled with deep and exclusive emotional bonds that are inappropriate. We can even lust for good things, like marriage and children. Such life experiences can be wonderful, but we won’t possess them unless God gives them to us.

Question: Should any man or woman just simply accept homosexual feelings as a thorn in the flesh and not seek to overcome them?

Many men and women find that their homosexual or lesbian desires decrease in intensity when their emotional needs are being satisfied through healthy relationships. The deeper and more emotionally satisfying these relationships are, the less we will be tempted to meet those emotional needs through inappropriate sexual acts or emotional dependency.

Resisting Temptation

Never begin your day without prayer. A daily discipline for every Christian includes prayer and Scripture reading because they’re essential, and part of your prayer life includes putting on your armor:

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth. (Ephesians 6:14) The truth you take in keeps you from falling for the many lies you’re likely to encounter on any given day.

Put on the breastplate of righteousness. (v.14) It is through prayer you’re built up spiritually, strengthening your faith in the righteousness of Christ that’s been imparted to you.

Shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. (V.15) This keeps you gospel aware, that is, aware that there’s a heaven and a hell, and that everyone you encounter is bound for one or the other.

Take the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (v.16) By exposing yourself daily to the Word of God, your faith grows and your protective shield is strengthened. Your enemy’s attacks, relentless as they are, can’t harm you.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (v.17) Knowing your position in Christ, being reminded of it daily, and getting into the habit of speaking the Word regularly, all three cover your thought life and arm you with what you need to deal with the aggressions of your opponent.

Every time we say no to lust, every time we refuse to entertain the dirty thought that just passed through our unruly brain, it’s an act of worship. So don’t resist sexual sin just for the sake of purity, make it an act of worship.

Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God. (Romans 12:1)

Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive Director
His Way Out Ministries

His Way Out has been faithfully ministering to men and women seeking a way out of sexually broken lifestyles since 1994. We could not do it without the support of Christians like you. Every dollar that you give to His Way Out Ministries helps to further this vital ministry. Won’t you take a minute to prayerfully consider a monthly donation to His Way Out? Please consider making a one-time donation or set up a secure monthly PayPal contribution on our donation page at https://www.hiswayout.com/donate/. Thank you, Pastor Phillip Lee

His Way Out Ministries Podcasts are dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out and minister to individuals, families, and churches impacted by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

Pastor Phillip Lee

Season 2, Episode 2
The so-called “enlightened understanding” of homosexuality that some now claim, discards traditional Christian teaching and literally has compromised the Church’s integrity by misrepresenting Christianity. The crisis we face today is the Lordship of Christ and the Authority of Scripture.

Listen online or download the podcast.

Homosexuality and Revisionists with Pastor Phillip Lee – Download MP3 –

All past episodes of His Way Out Ministries Radio Broadcast are available by following THIS LINK or selecting the “Audio Podcast” category to the right.

Today, much of American culture has been consumed by the grip of political correctness with regard to homosexuality and related issues. Any public expression of disagreement with any aspect of the homosexual movement, or with homosexuality itself, is met with accusations of homophobia and verbal gay-bashing. The relentless quest by gay activists is a non-stop crusade for acceptance and to gain society’s stamp of approval on homosexual behavior. Even within the Church, the right to withhold affirmation and the right to believe that homosexuality is not on a moral par with heterosexuality remains under constant bombardment.

The strategy of shifting the debate about homosexuality away from religious beliefs and psychology by pro-gay activists to the realms of human rights and social justice has been and continues to be nothing short of genius. Equally within the realm of genius has been the relentless pro-gay camp campaign and strategy of portraying homosexuality as a condition and not a problem. This component of the strategic pro-gay agenda has evolved to same-sex attraction not needing to be fixed but rather to the mode of acceptance and approval.

Tragically, much of the Church has become desensitized by the bombardment and constant flooding of homosexual imagery through homosexual-related messages, media, and people sharing their stories about ‘gay is good.’ It is an undeniable fact that homosexual imagery has influenced many into thinking that it is just another part of life.

We, the Church, are continuing to pay a very high price due to our reluctance, and sometimes fear, in not talking about and educating ourselves on the subject of homosexuality leaving the culture to teach our children and adults in terms of what to think and believe.

With far too many Christians having mostly ignored the extremely detailed and strategic pro-gay manifesto, how is it we are surprised by the effectiveness of their propaganda and relentless campaign? For far too long, we, the Church have been in the defense-mode, bobbing and weaving just to fend off the impact of the gay rights movement.

The gay-Christian movement is picking up momentum due to the reinventing of Scripture. It goes something like this: “Revising the Scriptures on homosexuality is appropriate and correct because in light of new scientific evidence, we now understand that people are born that way. Therefore, homosexual behavior and relationships should be endorsed.”

Frankly, both condemning and endorsing homosexuality miss the mark. A huge and significant shift needs to take place. The question is “Are we, the Church, willing to turn that high-powered perception upon ourselves and ask ourselves some very hard questions?”

  • Are we willing to take responsibility for harsh words or inappropriate actions and apologize for any wrongs we may have committed out of ignorance?
  • Are we willing to share the Scriptural truths about homosexuality such as, No one is born with same-sex attraction and change is possible?
  • Do we, the Church, truly see ourselves as God’s vehicle to reach wounded, broken, hurting humanity – which includes the sexually and relationally broken?
  • Are, we, the Church, truly willing to educate ourselves on the complexities of same-sex attraction thereby dismantling the many lies and replacing them with the Scriptural truths about homosexuality?

In other words, might we, the Church, become much more proactive in educating and equipping ourselves regarding true Christian ministry to those with unwanted same-sex attraction? In doing so, we would move from the defense mode of the past several decades to reversing the current tide through understanding and education. I would submit that the real enemy we face today is ignorance and fear.

According to Scripture, there can never be any justification for treating homosexuality as morally equivalent to heterosexuality. That said, we, the Church, are being asked to lower the bar on the clarity of Scripture with regard to homosexual practice which ultimately means faithful followers of Christ Jesus are being asked to set themselves in direct opposition to moral values clearly outlined in God’s Word.

Today, as the saying goes – “The ball is squarely in our court.” We, the Church, cannot and we must not underestimate ourselves. We, the Church, hold the only answer there is to the crisis of homosexuality. In other words, “Are we willing to be the change we wish to see in the world?”

If we, the Church, truly desire to see current trends change regarding homosexuality and the many related issues, our response requires a combination of compassion and understanding. Scripture is abundantly clear in that homosexual practice is only one of the many types of behavior condemned in the Bible. Therefore, to condemn homosexuality really is an expression of compassion because it seeks to warn, if not rescue those snared by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

I still believe in and have every confidence in the Church’s ability, through Christ, to lovingly communicate to the sexually broken that God’s mercy and grace are sufficient for transformation.

The key is education, education, education!

We are all in this work together through Christ!

May God help us on that day when we are asked to give an account of how we responded to the difficult issue of homosexuality so that we might hear Him, say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21

Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive Director
His Way Out Ministries

His Way Out has been faithfully ministering to men and women seeking a way out of sexually broken lifestyles since 1994. We could not do it without the support of Christians like you. Every dollar that you give to His Way Out Ministries helps to further this vital ministry. Won’t you take a minute to prayerfully consider a monthly donation to His Way Out? Please consider making a one-time donation or set up a secure monthly PayPal contribution on our donation page at https://www.hiswayout.com/donate/. Thank you, Pastor Phillip Lee

Each Saturday morning beginning at 7:30am (PST) on KERI 1410AM, and live streamed at www.wilkinsradio.com, His Way Out Ministries offers a 30-minute broadcast dedicated to equipping, educating, and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out and minister to individuals, families, and churches impacted by the brokenness of same-sex attraction.

Season 5, Episode 20
Part two of our followup podcast with Marylee Shrider, Executive Director of Right To Life Kern County. The Mission of Right To Life Kern County is to promote respect for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.

There is no doubt we are living in an age of reckless sexuality; sex before marriage, adultery, homosexual practice, addiction to pornography. Today, there does not seem to be any right or wrong. If there is something (a behavior) that is wrong – what is it?

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RTLKC Followup with Marylee Shrider pt2
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Phillip Lee and Marylee Shrider

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“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Today, those who favor homosexual practice remain unwilling to concede any ground, at times denying the standards of their respective denominations and applying relentless efforts to revise the historic teachings of the Church. Under the banner of ‘fairness’ and ‘tolerance,’ many are purposed to muddy the water regarding homosexuality by claiming there is not a clear answer to the issue. Further attempts to persuade the moral legitimacy of homosexual practice such as the presence of “love” and “commitment” are frequently offered to try and supersede the moral code of Scripture and justify homosexual relationships.

While many Christians, as well as non-Christians, believe that homosexual practice is wrong, many remain confused because our culture and even some church leaders approve of active homosexuality. Many people do not want to be labeled as prejudiced or bigoted; they want to be loving, compassionate human beings, but at the same time, they do not feel right about approving of homosexual activity. They cannot articulate their reasons for opposing ‘gay’ with some being quite gun-shy because at some point they did speak out in favor of traditional morality but they were treated as if they were ignorant, labeled as homophobic, unloving – even unchristian. As a result, they have learned to just keep quiet and avoid the topic altogether.

From time to time, I have been conversing with a Christian on the subject of homosexuality to have them make this statement, “This whole ‘gay thing’ is a lost cause.” I have a response to this tragic statement with no delicate way in which to clothe my response. For any faithful follower of Christ Jesus to say the present crisis of homosexuality is a lost cause is the same as saying “the devil is more powerful than God.”

Homosexual orientation is just one of the many manifestations of man’s fallen nature which in theological terms is known as “sin.” With same-sex attraction being no respecter of persons, it is out of this Scriptural truth that the apostle Paul declared, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23) and also defines the various forms such sin can take:

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (! Corinthians 6:9-10)

Homosexuality is, clearly, only one of the various types of behavior that are condemned in the Bible, and it is condemned for the same reason as the rest – it is an affront to the character of God. It is critically important to emphasize that the condemnation of homosexual practice is to warn and ultimately rescue those caught by the snare of same-sex attraction.

Many men and women know what it means to be rescued from the brokenness of same-sex attraction and not evidenced solely by their powerful testimony but by this important Scriptural truth:

“And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)

Personally, I find it nothing short of remarkable that some today struggle at believing and embracing the ultimate redemptive purposes of God are the same today as they have always been:

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Those who believe in Him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:17-19)

Jesus and the writers of Scripture did not hesitate to condemn sin and immorality in whatever form they found it. They did so to liberate men and women from the grip of spiritual and behavioral bondage. Therefore, I submit our ultimate goal as Ambassadors for Christ is not merely to show that the biblical judgment against homosexuality is certainly well-founded but rather to avail ourselves as instruments of both truth and grace that God may accomplish His redemptive purposes.

I believe the traditional Christian position should be to understand and accept (accept does not mean to approve) the homosexuals’ orientation as a condition but also see homosexual orientation as a temporary, not a permanent, condition. To condemn the homosexual for his or her orientation is unchristian. Every faithful follower of Christ Jesus should be appalled when we see Christians respond to homosexuals with hate and loathing. That said, the acting out of same-sex attraction is sinful, just as it is wrong for heterosexuals to engage in sexual activity outside of marriage.

It is God’s love and the truth of Scripture that seeks to separate sinners from sin. When Scripture speaks a clear word on any given topic, it speaks the final word. I pray we all would stop trying to explain why God has spoken in the way He has; the essential issue is what He has spoken.

As Christians, meaning we accept the Bible in its entirety or not at all, are we still convinced that there is ample evidence, which is available to anyone with openness to the facts, there is an option to our sinful nature and the consequences that flow from it? God’s love and His truth still seek nothing higher than the welfare of all people.

Pastor Phillip Lee
Executive Director
His Way Out Ministries

His Way Out has been faithfully ministering to men and women seeking a way out of sexually broken lifestyles since 1994. We could not do it without the support of Christians like you. Every dollar that you give to His Way Out Ministries helps to further this vital ministry. Won’t you take a minute to prayerfully consider a monthly donation to His Way Out? Please consider making a one-time donation or set up a secure monthly PayPal contribution on our donation page at https://www.hiswayout.com/donate/. Thank you, Pastor Phillip Lee

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