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By Elaine 

Author "Calling the Rainbow Nation Home"

 

Introduction

Is it a sin to be gay? I hear this question over and over again, not only on the discussion board associated with gaychurch.org, but also with many who come to our churches for the first time. For years we’ve heard that homosexuality is a sin, and our sexual orientation is a “choice” we’ve made or a cruel fate of nature that one must overcome.

This issue has harmed the gay community to no end, causing those of us who are Christians to doubt our faith and ourselves, while driving the rest of the gay community away from the very Christ they need! The issue causes artificial schisms within the Christian community and saps our collective energy. Instead of focusing all of our attention reaching the lost for Christ and “building the Body of Christ in love”, we find ourselves instead having to justify our faith and in some cases, our very right to exist! In this hour and day when the Body of Christ should be preparing herself for the arrival of her King, we instead find ourselves witnessing to the world not a Gospel of peace, unity and love. But one of discord, fear and prejudice. It ought not be like this.

Like many of you I’m no stranger to this issue. As a gay Christian I founded and pastored a church for several years that ministered primarily to the gay community. I stepped down from that ministry years later to devote myself to my family and to writing several books pertaining to this issue that God has laid on my heart. In addition, I still preach and teach on occasion back at our ‘home’ church Faith Full Gospel Fellowship. Last but not least is the ongoing work of the web site www.gaychurch.org and its associated bulletin board, both of which are under the auspices of GALIP (God’s Agape Love into Practice). GALIP is a non profit organization my spouse and I created years ago to further the work of Christ in the gay (GLBT) community. 

As you might have guessed this issue is near and dear to my heart. I have devoted my life from the age of thirty on pretty much towards ministering to the gay and lesbian community. I pray for the day when such a specialized ministry is no longer needed! In the mean time I, and ‘we’ must continue on with the work the Lord has placed in our hearts and hands to do (1 Peter 2:9). That being to ‘Build the Body of Christ in Love’ (Ephesians 4:1-16) and to faithfully preach and teach the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-19) to our community and abroad.

Before we begin, I want to point out that I have simplified the topic of homosexuality into seven key points. These are: 

  1. Our Story – who are we and why are we here?

  2. Are Homosexuals Condemned to Hell? The issue of salvation.

  3. Is Homosexuality a Sin? – Many claim that homosexuality is a sin. Are they right? What is Sin to God anyway?

  4. The Witness of our Lives – Our very lives give testimony to the God we serve. 

  5. Celibacy – Several denominations and para-religious groups accept homosexuals if they are “non practicing” (i.e. celibate). Is this scriptural?

  6. The “Clobber” Passages – Why do many in the Church believe homosexuality is a sin? What does the Bible have to say about this issue?

  7. Prejudice in the Church – Unfortunately, fear and prejudice are not new to the church. Jesus suffered at the hands of the Pharisees and the Gentiles at the hands of the Christian Jews. We are not alone.

 

 

For a more in depth look at this subject read "Calling the Rainbow Nation Home"

by Rev. Sundby

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