Homosexuality

10 Ways to Love Same-Sex Attracted Neighbors

Image of Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change
by Denny Burk, Heath Lambert
P&R Publishing 2015
Kindle Edition 138

In their 2015 book Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says About Sexual Orientation and Change, Denny Burk and Heath Lambert present “ten exhortations on how we might love our same-sex–attracted neighbors better than we have.”1

1. Be a friend

And by that, we mean be a real friend. Don’t make changing your same-sex–attracted neighbor a condition of your friendship. A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. (Prov. 17:17 NASB)

2. Listen

Your same-sex–attracted neighbor may have a story to tell, and you need to hear it. Not just for his sake, but for yours. There is nothing better to wipe away erroneous caricatures than to listen to someone else’s story. Listening does not equal approving an unbiblical ideology. It just means that you care and are open to learning. He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him. (Prov. 18:13 NASB)

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In new study: “There was no evidence of a single ‘gay gene.’”

"There was evidence of modest to weak correlation between a combination of genetic factors and those who had reported to have had a same-sex sexual experience. ... it’s being assumed that having had a same-sex sexual experience is the same as having a particular sexual orientation....the same genetic combination also showed correlation for risky behavior." - Breakpoint

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The Bible and "Gay Christians"—Are We Sending the Right Message?

Debate over whether there can be such a thing as a “gay Christian” has raged for a while now, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Much of the conflict is over deeply incompatible views on the authority of Scripture, and the right basic approach to interpreting it. Some of the conflict, though, might not be necessary at all—because it arises from a combination of unclear language and slightly (but consequentially) faulty interpretation.

If we could clear some of this up, we’ll relate the Bible better to the times we live in and—as much as possible—avoid sending the wrong message. Three principles may help.

1. Scripture doesn’t condemn anyone for an “orientation.”

The currently popular idea of sexual orientation as a person’s unalterable sexual wiring has no equivalent in Scripture. Many of us doubt that orientation, in this sense, is even a thing. That aside, what’s clear is that the Bible nowhere judges anyone for unbidden feelings of attraction toward those of their own sex rather than (or in addition to) those of the opposite sex.

Some passages may seem to do that.

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Same-Sex Attraction, Biblical Christianity, and the Fractures in Our Evangelical Mist

"Why, then, should we use—much less build ministries around—identities imposed by a fallen culture that detract from the transformative power of the gospel that gives every believer new life in Christ?'“Same-sex attracted Christian?' 'Gay Christian?' I fail to see how such designations can survive a proper appreciation of our union with Christ." - Tom Ascol

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Catholic Cardinal: Homosexuality is Cause of Sexual Abuse Crisis, It's 'Statistically Proven'

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