How do we minister to homosexuals?

How do we as the church minister to homosexuals without condoning the sin of homosexuality? It’s a challenge we need to explore. http://ow.ly/b8tnL

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2 thoughts on “How do we minister to homosexuals?”

  1. To me, homosexuality is a sin as is many other things. We can’t make something “not a sin.” Only God can do that, but as God loves us with our sin, we must love others regardless of what that sin happens to be. If the church starts condoning sins that are clearly stated in the bible, where do we stop? Although we are called to be loving, we also must hold fast to our beliefs and faith. Christians who will do that are quickly disappearing as persecution today is on Christians with traditional values. Will we stand for what is right, or will we crumble under the liberal scruity? It doesn’t take a Lion’s Den to make many Christians cower to popular trends.
    LJK

    1. Laura –

      I know it’s been quite some time since you posted here, but the issue is obviously rearing its head right now. After re-reading your comment, I thought I should respond.

      No one – neither the author of the linked article, nor myself – is suggesting here that sin be condoned. I can’t speak to everything the author thinks, but all I’m suggesting is approaching homosexuals with love.

      Jesus only ever condemned the people who should have known better. In His day, that was the Pharisees – the religious folks. He offered love and forgiveness to others. We should know better. Therefore, we – as Christians – are held to the standards of Scripture. I think it is unChristlike of us to expect Christian behavior from nonbelievers and judge them based upon it. Yes, part of our response to the Gospel includes the necessary realization that we are sinful. But until someone professes the name of Christ, we can’t expect them to live by the standards of Christ. If they call themselves Christians, then they must be held to those standards. We seem to be more concerned with the morality of nonbelievers than with the obedience of believers, and that’s exactly the opposite of what Scripture calls for.

      Also – and I keep finding myself saying this lately – Jesus was not concerned about His own rights. If He had been, He certainly would not have allowed Himself to be crucified for a crime He didn’t commit. And the apostles rejoiced when they were persecuted. I just don’t see today’s Christians in America living this way. How much more impact would the Gospel have if we did?

      It’s not about cowering to popular trends. It’s about being Christlike – embracing all the values and teachings of Scripture. The greatest of these is love.

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