The Gospel According To Jesus Christ and the “Gay Christian?”

Here is another resource which helps Christians wade through the issue of homosexuality and how to think about it as a Christian.   It is called – The Gospel According To Jesus Christ and the “Gay Christian?” – A Message to Pastoral Care Leaders Processing The Gospel and “Gay Christianity.”  It is written by Stephen Black, the executive director of First Stone Ministries, which is a Christian organization ministering to those struggling with homosexuality or other sexual brokenness.

This article functions as Stephen Black’s testimony, explaining how he became a Christian and overcame his homosexual desires.  That makes it worth reading alone.  But the main thrust of his article is describing how it is a false Gospel, contrary to Scripture, that says we can be a Christian but not change our life and resist sin.  Specifically, it is a false Gospel to say that we can be a Christian and an active practicing homosexual.  He is not saying that a true Christian will never struggle with sin.  But a supposed Christianity that accepts homosexuality (or other sins) as a valid lifestyle for a Christian, that is a false Christianity.

Personally, I am not going to make judgments about individual people, and whether they are going to Heaven or Hell.  Only God knows that. And I certainly would hope that we are not saved only by having perfect doctrine.  There are those out there who believe in Jesus as their savior, but have studied the Bible, and do not think homosexual behavior is wrong.  Well, I think they are utterly and totally wrong in their belief about homosexuality.  I think they are believing in a corrupted Gospel.  But I would not claim to know whether they are saved in Jesus or not.  I would hope that because they have had faith in Jesus, their sins are still fully forgiven, including their sins of homosexuality and believing false doctrines.  But the important thing to me, is not making judgments about who can be saved and who can’t be, but to uphold the truth of God’s Word, true doctrine in the church, so that all of us can live lives together that are pleasing to God.

I have no illusions that this article will matter a hill of beans to those who aren’t Christians.  But to those of you who claim to believe in Jesus, but wonder about homosexuality, or those of you who are Christian but think homosexuality is not wrong, this would be helpful and challenging article for you to read.

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2 comments on “The Gospel According To Jesus Christ and the “Gay Christian?”

  1. Ralph says:

    Like you, I don’t dare play the game of guessing who is and isn’t getting into heaven. I really don’t know how to respond to professing Christians who are gay. Stephen Black makes a lot of good points, but I have always had trouble reconciling passages like 1 Corinthians 6:9 with Romans 10:9. Paul makes it clear frequently that there is no way for us to stay “clean and sober”, as it were; we’re going to stumble even when we WANT to do right. How much more difficult for people who have not even been convicted that what they do is sin, but truly do believe with all their heart that Jesus is Lord? Following Black’s logic leads right back to earning salvation by works, and I just can’t support him there.

    If the only people who are admitted to heaven are those who fully recognize all the sin in their lives and successfully repent of that sin, it’s going to be a mighty empty place.

    Of course, Paul also makes it clear that just because “there is now no condemnation” doesn’t mean we should run wild and do whatever sin we want. There WILL be a price to pay — but salvation is off the table, if we have truly accepted that grace.

    I was thinking about this the other day in the light of the Chick-fil-A controversy. I have some very dear friends on both sides of the aisle, and sometimes I just want to knock all their heads together. The conservative Christians start spouting hate and condemnation not only on homosexuals but those who support them; the nonbelievers and/or Christians who support gays call CFA and its followers bigots. Can’t we all just get along? Apparently not. We might as well just take everything Christ personally said and Paul also wrote about the importance of love and just throw those passages out.

    Anyway, what occurred to me was that if I didn’t have my own issues with crossdressing, I could very well have been one of those people ready to throw stones at the homosexuals. Instead, I find myself obviously unable to cast the first stone; instead of thinking “I thank God that I am not like other men” I think “There but for the grace of God go I.”

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  2. thorin25 says:

    Thanks for the comment. You said – “If the only people who are admitted to heaven are those who fully recognize all the sin in their lives and successfully repent of that sin, it’s going to be a mighty empty place.”

    My wife and I were just talking about that. All of us are so utterly sinful that we sin in ways that we don’t even realize. The Bible seems to make it clear that true Christians are those that fight against sin and repent of it, and don’t live with unrepentant sin. But on the other hand, we can’t articulate the full magnitude of our sinfuless, and sometimes we may not realize we are prideful or greedy, etc, and may not be repenting of it as we should. Anyway, it’s a complicated thing. But here are a few for sures – We are saved through faith in Jesus as our substitute, not by our own works. And true followers of Jesus are those who continually repent of sin, and try to live for Jesus with all that they are, even though they keep failing at times. But in the end, only God knows who has truly trusted in Christ and who has not.

    But those hard questions aside, we still need to take the stand that homosexual behavior is not “okay” for Christians.

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