Disclaimer: In the following excerpt from Bruce B. Miller’s Leading a Church in a Time of Sexual Questioning, he largely treats his position that same-sex activity is sinful as an assumption his readers will share. However, that stance is not readily transparent in the following excerpt.
Due to the oftentimes divisive nature of the discussions surrounding the topic of homosexuality, Denison Forum wants to make it explicitly clear that we likewise believe the Bible’s condemnation of same-sex activity. However, that does not mean that homosexuals are any further away from God’s redemption than any other sinful person. For a longer discussion, see “What does the Bible say about same-sex activity?”
Now, consider this excerpt, where Miller offers a very helpful guide for how we can better think about our approach to this issue in light of both the gospel message and the larger context of God’s approach to fallen humanity.
An excerpt from Leading a Church in a Time of Sexual Questioning
One Sunday in December during the season of Advent, I felt led by the Spirit to invite any lesbian and gay people listening to my sermon to come talk with me and tell me their stories.
On my heart was how difficult the holidays are for many lesbians and gays whether they have come out to their families or not. Almost invariably, not all the family is fully welcoming at the Christmas celebration. I shared that I wanted to shower each one with the Father’s unconditional love.
Some took me up on my offer and I had several multi-hour fruitful conversations, all of which were healthy but also all included elements of pain. Too many stories had this plot line: “I grew up involved in church and tried to follow Jesus. Then as a teenager I experienced unwanted same-sex attractions that I tried to get rid of. They created unspeakable pain, confusion, and shame. When I tried to talk about how I was feeling, I was made to feel even more ashamed,…
WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "
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