In the last blogging segment I wrote a post called “Straight Talk about Gay Guys”, trying to touch on the issue of homophobia in our local churches and in ourselves. The topic of homosexuality—both gay and lesbian—is uncomfortable for many of us. But it won’t go away, and it’s probably closer to home than most of us are willing to admit.
What should a Bible-believing Christian do when he or she finds himself or herself attracted to a person of the same sex?
The Gay Christian movement answers, “If you have feelings for that person, go for it. There is nothing wrong with a monogamous loving relationship regardless of sexual orientation.”
But that conclusion ignores the plain meaning of Scripture when it says, “Male and female He created them.”
Aussie Bible-Believer, who commented on my last post on this topic declares: “There is NO verse to prove that God loves Sodomites . . . give them some hell-fire preaching which they and the rest of this country needs [sic].”
However, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son” clearly has no exception clauses—either for “Sodomites” or for those who hate them. God’s love for the world covers the most obscene and the most seemingly benign of sinners. Aussie Bible-Believer has forgotten that “fornication and lewdness” (not just the homosexual variety either!) is listed with “hatred and outbursts of wrath” in disqualifying us for the kingdom of God. In the book of Proverbs pride is listed multiple times while homosexuality is not even mentioned. If mere cowering at the wrath of God were enough to purge homosexual feelings, same-sex attraction wouldn’t be such a hot topic.
So what should a man do when his feelings for other men just won’t go away? Or what should a woman do when her feelings for other women persist?
Take a look at this website: http://www.truefreedomtrust.co.uk/
True freedom Trust (TfT) is a confidential Christian support and teaching ministry for men and women who accept the Bible’s prohibition of same-sex practice and yet are aware of same-sex attractions, or struggle with other sexual and relational issues. We also offer support to families, friends and church leaders of those who face these issues in their lives.
Based in the UK, TfT offers help for both homosexuals and those who want to help them. Clearly taking the stand that “any sexual relationship outside of marriage between one man and one woman falls short of God’s plan for His creation”, TfT also questions the assumption that healing for a person with same-sex attraction means replacing it with opposite sex attraction. TfT contends that “contentment and wholeness are found by trusting and following Jesus Christ, rather than being defined by the absence of same-sex attractions.” The fact that the ministry was founded in 1977 by Martin Hallett, who himself lived a homosexual lifestyle until Christ radically transformed his life in 1972, lends real credibility to the message of TfT.
I don’t know of any ministries like this in Australia, but perhaps some of you do. Please let us all know in the comments section. Helping a brother or sister who struggles with sexuality is following the command to “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.”