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Is your children’s ministry ready for the Same Sex tidal wave headed your way?

Recently a 20-year-old children’s ministry volunteer at Crosspoint Wesleyan Church, a church in Canada, was relieved of his duties. Colin Briggs had volunteered since 2011.

The reason he was asked to resign?

“Having an openly gay male working in the children’s ministry may cause some parents to feel uncomfortable,” according to pastor Mark Brewer. The move to end Briggs’ work within the ministry was to “avoid any potential uproar.”

“I felt disappointed. Personally and towards the church,” said Briggs, quoted in a local paper.

Brewer said the church does not discriminate and welcomes everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or any other factor.

How would your church have handled this situation? Think it won’t ever be an issue for your church? Think again. It’s here—and there’s no running from it.

It’s clear that attitudes in our society toward homosexuality have been shifting in the last few years. In 2013, 53 percent of American adults favored changing laws to grant more freedoms for the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) community, according to the public Religion Research Institute. This opinion has become the majority view since just 10 years ago when, according to a Gallup poll, 42 percent of adults took this stance.

In a 2012 survey of 2,144 adults, researchers found 44 percent believe homosexuality is a sin, 43 percent believe it’s not, and 13 percent say they’re not sure. (Survey: Big drop in those who say being gay’s a sin)

The survey also asked: “If you were considering visiting or joining a church, would knowing that the church taught that homosexual behavior was sinful impact your decision positively or negatively or have no impact?”

  • 36% said this would have a negative impact
  • 26% said it would have a positive impact
  • 32% said it would have no impact or they weren’t sure.

And it’s not just in our culture at large.

  • A slight majority (57%) of white and Hispanic Catholics now favor same-sex marriage, up from roughly one-third 10 years ago.
  • Support for same-sex marriage among white mainline Protestants nearly doubled, from 36% in 2003 to 62% in 2013.
  • Although acceptance has increased among black and white evangelical Protestants, the majority of each group opposes a universal right to marry.

It’s possible you haven’t had to deal with the subject of homosexuality in your ministry, but we can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. Whether we want to or not, it’s time to dialogue about the reality of LGBTQ individuals within your community, church, and ministry. We don’t propose to tell you what to think.  this article is designed to help you look at both sides of the issue and to have a healthy dialogue with your church leaders.

“As a children’s minister, you must prepare for this tidal wave of an issue before you gasp for answers.”

Consider these two areas:

  1. How will you minister to children and families whose parents are LGBTQ?
  2. How will you respond to LGBTQ people who want to serve in your ministry? These are not easy issues.

 

When Children Have LGBTQ Parents

Here are eye-opening statistics about the makeup of today’s LGBTQ families, according to a report by the Movement Advancement Project, the Family Equality Council, and the Center for American Progress.

  • In the U.S. alone, LGBTQ parents are raising nearly 2 million children.
  • Of the 1.6 million adopted children in the U.S., 65,000 (4%) are being raised by gay and lesbian parents.
  • About 14,000 foster children (3% of all foster children in the U.S.) live with LGBTQ parents.

Opinions vary on what it means to minister to these families. Some say that these families must be welcomed into the fellowship of churches—just as anyone else is welcomed.

“Authentic community matters to everyone,” says Brian Benson*, a veteran youth pastor of 15 years. “This is why the gay community is so important to the lives of LBGTQ people—it offers a reality of belonging that the church often doesn’t. But a church can stand firm on biblical truth and tradition while fostering a community that’s welcoming and affirming to people with different  backgrounds and starting points with Jesus.” Benson knows the tension of this issue personally.  Though I’m happily married and a dad of four kids, I’m attracted to the same sex. It’s due time the church starts engaging people like myself and others. I believe one way to do this is through biblical community.”

Not everyone agrees. Some assert that homosexuals must be excluded from the fellowship of the church to lead them to repentance from their sin.

The nonprofit corporation Mission to America’s response to “Gays in Church Leadership” states on its  website (evangelical.us) : “Homosexuals make no effort to turn away from their sin. They even refuse to recognize their sin as sin—instead they glorify their sin…How can we even consider an unrepentant sinner (homosexual) as a leader, when Paul tells us such sinners (unrepentant) should not even be included in the fellowship of the church? Why must we exclude them from the fellowship of the church? It is for their own good, so they will have a chance to be saved. Otherwise we are enablers, helping the person to continue in their sin. ‘Then you must cast this person out of the church and into Satan’s hands, so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved when the Lord returns.’ ”
(1 Corinthians 5:5)

Many churches take this stance and base their position on Scriptures like this. Do you agree?

“[Using the Bible to justify mistreating LGBTQ people] is not only damaging to the people it’s used against, it’s also damaging to the source,” says music artist Jennifer Knapp. “It damages the  reputation of religion when people believe Christianity at its core is antigay.” Knapp, formerly a  Christian music artist who came out as gay in 2010, made those comments in an interview with The Advocate, an American LGBT-interest magazine.

Is there an in-between approach? Benson says, “You can extend a hand of fellowship to a person who’s LGBTQ and still not violate your biblical beliefs. Rather, you’re acknowledging him or her as a person, created in God’s image, whom Jesus died for on Calvary, and whom Jesus instructs us to love as ourselves. Jesus modeled this well, and we’re to imitate him in our words and actions. The gospel at its core isn’t a hierarchical system but one built on level ground before the cross. Jesus calls us to not fight culture wars or people but to fight for those who reside inside and outside his fold.”

The decision or theological stance that’s foundational to all other decisions your church will make with this issue: Is homosexuality a sin or a choice? If it’s a sin, is it a worse sin than other sins?

Grapple with this also: If LGBTQ parents aren’t welcome in your church, how will you minister to their children? What will you tell these children that would be the same or different from what you’d say to other children about their parents’ lifestyle?

Prepare, Don’t Repair
It’s never easy dealing with a volunteer’s moral struggle, especially when it’s sexual in nature. Sexuality is a sensitive topic that unfortunately is often polarized by negative histories, shame, and judgmental attitudes. Here are important steps your children’s ministry needs to take and decisions leadership needs to make before you’re faced with a volunteer who  identifies him- or herself as LGBTQ.

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  1. Check your church’s governing body to ensure the definition of family is clearly articulated in its doctrinal statements. Decades ago, the definition of marriage being between one man and one woman was uncontested in our culture. As a result, many older churches don’t have any theological language in their statements of faith to define what a family is according to their reading of Scripture. This lack of clarity exposes a church to legal liability when it finds itself having to discipline an unrepentant church member for sexual sin.
  2. Know your church’s behavioral standards for membership. Many churches have a statement in their membership covenant that outlines the expectations for the moral conduct of all members. Some of these expectations may be clearly drawn from  scripture, while others might be more reflective of your church’s heritage. Regardless of whether you agree with all of the standards or not, as a children’s minister it’s your duty to abide by them and to lovingly hold your volunteers accountable to the covenant they signed when they became members.
  3. Ensure all volunteers know their responsibility to uphold your church’s standards of family and sexuality at the time they apply to serve in your ministry. It’s unfair to  surprise a volunteer with a set of expectations that the person wasn’t aware of when he or she joined your team.
  4. Avoid a culture of fear. We need to uphold the Bible’s standards regarding sexuality and the family. And we also need to admit the church has a history of being driven by irrational fears and hatred.
  5. Find places for everyone to serve. The struggle with sin is universal. But so is the need for every member of the church to have a place to serve. Simply  experiencing sexual temptation of any variety is not a sin. Your church can allow a place for every sincere follower of Jesus to serve with dignity and acceptance.

 

When an LGBTQ Person Wants to Serve

It’s one thing to welcome people into the fellowship of the church, but it gets more tricky when it comes to those people wanting to serve in your ministry.

Benson says that after asking, “Do I belong here?” the next question many individuals have is often, “Can I serve here?”

Again, there are very disparate views on this issue.

“This is, in many ways, a straightforward issue,” says Suzanne Coleman*, a veteran children’s ministry director. “The question is, are you actively participating in sexual sin of any kind—regardless of who you are or if you identify as LGBTQ? God calls us to love others—all others—and walk beside them in their faith journey.”

To many in the LGBTQ community, this is doublespeak. Is welcoming them into the fellowship
but excluding them from service treating them like lepers? Compassionate church leaders say not at all because there’s a higher standard for sexual sin. Again, actions will rise and fall on that pivotal  distinction:

Is homosexuality a sin or a choice? If it’s a sin, is it a worse sin than other sins?

“My church doesn’t weigh sexual sin as more serious than other sins. However, we acknowledge the close relationship between sex and family in God’s eyes,” says Allen Fox*, a pastor and former children’s minister. Fox also works with family ministry and leadership development. “Because of this, we felt it was important to highlight this piece of our membership covenant for anyone who wants to serve in our family ministry.”

Fox admits it’s cost them volunteers. “Even so, staff and volunteers aren’t qualified solely by their talents and spiritual gifts. Character matters also. In 1 Timothy 3, the Apostle Paul laid out qualifications for two high-level church leadership positions. The list focuses on different aspects of what it looks like for Jesus’ character to form in the leader. This isn’t to suggest that competency and spiritual giftedness  doesn’t matter. But no amount of talent and giftedness can compensate for a serious deficit in Jesus-like character, whether it’s sexual in nature or not. A ministry is better off with a volunteer of average talent and high character than settling for a volunteer with stellar abilities combined with poor character.”

 

If we exclude all character deficits from serving in the church, what then?

“I believe it’s possible for a person to love Jesus and serve him faithfully while struggling with same-sex attractions,” says Benson. “All of us fall short of God’s glory, Paul says, so let our approach to each person and situation be biblical, appropriate, and just…If we’re going to keep people from serving based on ‘struggles,’ then who’ll be left to serve—or fill the church building?”

One lesbian told the story of how she was serving in a church until the pastor discovered she was homosexual. She was promptly asked to step down. She said the judgment and condemnation has kept her from returning to any church.

Grapple with this: Will you allow LBGTQ people to serve in your children’s ministry? If so, why? If not, why not? How will you determine if someone is LBGTQ? Are there any places for LBGTQ people to serve in your children’s ministry? What other criteria do you have for people to serve?

Benson offers some important thoughts: “I believe in having an application and a given set of standards for all leaders within the church. People should have a relationship with Jesus, they should teach the  truth of Scripture, they should uphold the beliefs of the church, and their manner should always imitate Christ. If a church doesn’t have this already set in place, it’s long overdue to happen.”

He adds, “When filling roles within ministries, the litmus test shouldn’t be, ‘What is this person’s sexual preference?’ but rather, ‘Does this person have the gifting?’ ‘Does she have a consistent relationship with Jesus?’ ‘Does he hold the church’s beliefs?’ ‘Is this person trustworthy?’ all the while praying for the Spirit’s discernment.”

Coleman disagrees. She says, “There’s a higher level of scrutiny when it come to children’s ministry. It’s our duty and calling to do everything to protect and nurture children, and that means those serving them must be living a life of sexual purity. Part of our adult volunteer interviewing process is to clarify whether they’re living according to God’s plan for sexual purity, which allows for sex within marriage between a man and woman.

“If they’re not, we work with them as partners and mentors, but we don’t allow them to serve—regardless of what the sexual sin is.”

 

When the Truth Comes Out

When someone reveals that he or she is LGBTQ, chances are strong that your initial response  will stay with that person for a long time—perhaps for life. Here are six things to consider  when this moment happens from Shawn Harrison, author of Ministering to Gay Teenagers (Group).

  1. Don’t freak out. First, remember that to the person telling you this news, this step is a huge deal. It’s likely taken a long time and a lot of emotional energy to get to this  point. Hear what the person has to say, and then thank him or her for telling you.
  2. Let the person know you care. Caring isn’t condoning—Jesus did this with everyone he encountered.
  3. Follow James 1:19. This isn’t the time to spout off verses about homosexuality, purity, or even sin, but rather a time to “be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”
  4. Ask questions. “When you say gay, what does that mean to you?” “Does anyone else know?” “How can I help you in your faith journey?”
  5. Ask for permission to share. You need to tell some people, such as your senior pastor and key ministry leaders, depending on your church’s protocol. But parents and prayer chains don’t need to know.
  6. Remember that it all comes back to Jesus. There are two groups of people in this world: those who need a relationship with Jesus and those who need to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Everyone fits into one of these groups, and each group centers on one thing: Jesus himself. If Jesus isn’t your starting and ending point in a situation such as this, then your points are wrong and you need to refocus.
    After your initial conversation, assure the person that your church is still his or her church family–and then ensure that remains true.

Where do you land on the spectrum—complete dismissal or complete acceptance?

Benson recommends something in the middle: “Rather than simply dismissing someone from service because they struggle with their sexuality, consider providing a mentor for that person,” Benson suggests. “Imagine the difference if an elder or member of the church, strong in faith and grace, took such a person under his or her wing in mentorship. What if the church provided a safe place for people to ask questions, search Scripture, grow in Christ, and find a community of people willing to navigate the journey with them?”

Most tsunamis are caused by seafloor earthquakes deep under the ocean’s surface. The water spreads out in opposite directions from the fault, gathering momentum until the wall of water grows to dangerous heights. The water barrels toward shore at the speed of a jetliner.

The same-sex tsunami has been gathering speed for decades now. Is your church ready? Your leadership team must grapple with these issues in an environment of respectful dialogue and searching Scripture. May God give us all wisdom in these days.

What does this mean to YOU?
We want to know how you’re handling this issue in your church or ministry. Share your experiences by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

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21 Comments

  1. Debbie Davis on

    Thanks so much for this excellent article. You are absolutely right – there is no ignoring this issue anymore, or just pretending it doesn’t exist.
    I serve on the Session at a PC(USA) church. Our pastors are absolutely in the “homosexuality is a sin” camp. Most everyone in leadership at our church knows this – so we have all adopted a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” way of interacting with them. Our pastors have huge hearts for God and even though I suspect a majority of elders currently serving don’t think homosexuality is a sin, we just don’t talk about that openly at our church because we don’t want to undermine our pastors. Quiet whispers in small groups – but not too much out loud.
    A couple of Sundays ago, a serious, well-educated (Master’s degree), conscientious young man (now 27) who grew up in our church and was very active in Sunday School, Youth Group, Boy Scouts, Mission Trips, etc., came to church with his boyfriend of three years. I was astonished at his courage to not only sit in a pew with his boyfriend, but also to introduce the boyfriend to church members in the pews during the act of friendship! This young man is painfully aware of our pastor’s point-of-view but chose to come to church anyway because his mom was playing in the bell choir that week and wanted the whole family to come and enjoy the music.
    Anyway – all of this is so hard and obviously painful for everyone, no matter what side you take. I am so grateful to folks like you who have the courage to grapple with these difficult issues and give all of us helpful suggestions.

    • Christine Yount Jones
      Christine Yount Jones on

      Debbie,
      Thanks so much for sharing this. Your encouragement to us to help people grapple with these issues means so much. May God give us all wisdom!
      Christine

  2. Brenda McKenzie on

    I disagree with this article. There is only one side and it is what the bible says is right and what it says is wrong. I will be canceling my issue for this magazine.

    • Christine Yount Jones
      Christine Yount Jones on

      Brenda,
      We hate to see you go! You’ve done exactly what we’re encouraging children’s ministry leaders and churches to do–think through the issue and take a stand. We’re glad you’re ready to face this issue with confidence! We’ll miss you as a subscriber.
      Christine

  3. Your may/june children’s ministry magazine included an article entitled “same sex tsunami.”
    I found it an attempt to look neutral on an important topic of our day but was anything but. Your lack of conviction, the sources used, and the quotes given all came together to quite strikingly reveal your hand on the matter.
    This is such an important issue that you simply can’t come into the room of discussion and remain silent or be neutral—especially as a Christian organization. It’s like walking in to a room where a violent crime is being committed and simply looking the other way. It simply isn’t acceptable.
    Are you aware of the positions on LBGTQ issues of the organizations you cite in the article? Simply put: pro-homosexual behavior!
    You asked in the article after a quote against using homosexuals in leadership, “Many churches take this stance and base their position on Scriptures like this. Do you agree?”
    Why would you ask that? Then you go on to quote another source stating how terrible that position is.
    You also ask & STATE, “If it’s a sin, is it a worse sin than other sins?” Hmmm, I could ask & state that about a lot of things and it would be wholly inappropriate! Your statement and question are revealing.
    The bottom line here is this: you have lost your Biblical foundation, and that’s a terrible thing to lose for a company that serves Biblical churches. I won’t be purchasing from you until this issue has been remedied.

  4. Wow. I agree with Brenda. The excuse of “is homosexuality any worse than any other sin” is just that, an excuse. You were right on one thing though…this issue is coming and it’s coming fast.

    • Christine Yount Jones
      Christine Yount Jones on

      Thanks, Brenda, for your comments. It is coming fast. Our hope is to encourage churches to get ready to respond.
      Christine

  5. Dear Children’s Ministry Friends,

    This issue is extremely painful, and one I agree must be grappled with biblically and lovingly. This issue has hit very close to home and so it is not only one that is “ideological” but also a personal place of grief, and yet this new perspective has given me a renewed desire to act in a way that honors both God and those involved in same sex attraction. If we choose to be biblical in our determining what is true, there is no way we get around the fact that God created us male and female and that for the purpose of reflecting His image accurately. (So much more can be said about this and many scriptures given as well.) As I’ve studied what the Bible has to say about this issue- there is NO getting around the fact that it is not God’s plan for His people.

    As I am currently in the process of studying how many people have come to struggle with their sexual identity, I am finding that many people have come out of brokenness (because of time and space here- I don’t want to simplify this- it can be a very complicated one). Many of the stories I hear are a mix of either dysfunctional/ broken relationships with a parent of either sex, a temperament that is different than the typical male/female and the accompanying negative responses by others, molestation/ abuse, a temperament that is very sensitive and not appreciated or accepted by significant others, and other similar stories of various components including those who choose sexual involvement outside of the parameters God lovingly describes in scripture as appropriate, and the captivity that involvement in turn creates.
    SO all this to say that these dear ones need our love and willingness to assist them through the process of healing and finding their identity in CHRIST, and NOT in the place of brokenness where things got skewed. When we find ourselves accepted and loved in Christ we can then walk the path of healing sexual identity. Sexual identity is not who we are. Jesus defines me. Once that is settled God can bring enlightenment to understand how the confusion began and find true freedom to be who God called us to be. To hold this view is not hateful, or unaccepting. We want to honor God’s Word and He knows how we were created to reflect His image best. I want to see people who struggle with same sex attraction to be freed to be all they can be in the power and truth of God!!! As Christians we need to examine our hearts and not condemn these dear people but to lovingly offer them the truth- and the church must become a safe place for them to come and share their concerns and get help. If we respond in hate/ disgust how can they know we are a safe place of love to receive help?
    So may I encourage and even plead with the Body of Christ to be true to God’s Word but do it in LOVE!!!! At the same time-Do not allow love to be shown without TRUTH! Otherwise we will find the culture determining our choices and not God’s Word!!!! Please go to this website for more information with a biblical and loving response to folks dealing with same sex attraction and other forms of addiction. http://masteringlife.org/ (Pure Passion)

    And in closing- there are many kinds of sin. Same sex attraction is one of many- it is no worse than any other that others who are heterosexual experience. We can lie, be unloving, steal, fornicate, etc. etc. Sin is sin and it separates us from the abundant life Jesus has for us. Let’s love sinners (as I am too!) and share the gospel that Jesus loves and forgives sinners!!! Let us all operate out of a place of grace- that is willing to sacrifice our comfort to extend the love of God as He did for us at the cross!!!

    • Excellent response, Donna. This is more along the lines of what I would have hoped the magazine had published. In addressing the fallen world we live in, we can never compromise EITHER God’s love or His truth as found in Christ. That is the only path to healing and restoration for all of us.

    • Thank you very much for your comment. It is I believe, to be the best response to this tsunami. I have a grandson who is dealing with this issue. We have known about this issue since he was very, very young. In fact, while we were at church one Sunday, when he was still a toddler, a lady who we did not know stopped us and told us to watch him, pray for him, and protect him as he would be dealing with this issue. He is now 15 years old and we have seen and noticed the behaviors of homosexuality. We talked to him and explained to him God’s scriptures. I pray now that we didn’t make him feel less loved by us and God. I talked to my younger brother about this one day and he asked me, would I want my grandson to move away from us and not deal with us so that he can do what he feels or would we want him to continue in loving relationships with us even though he may choose that lifestyle. For me, I want a relationship with my grandson period. On the another hand, I THINK that the best way for my grandson to handle this issue is to abstain from sex, like catholic priests. That’s my thinking. On the other hand, I believe God knows best either way. My grandson loves the Lord and I don’t want anything or anyone to change that or make him feel that God doesn’t love him. As far as serving in a ministry, I believe my grandson has a calling on his life. How God is handling this, I can only trust God. I have met a woman, a single mom with three girls, who lost their father through violence. In fact, she was there when he was murdered. Now the mother and the two older girls, 18 and older, as the youngest is three years old, are all in homosexual relations. We were able to minister to one of the older girls and showed her scripture. She cried about this as she did not want to hurt her girlfriend by stopping the relationship, but she wanted to learn more about God too. Unfortunately, she is not longer coming to our Bible studies. I can only trust God. We don’t know the shoes people have walked in. We have to love them as God loves us all.

  6. I noticed that my comment was not put up. I am curious to understand why. Would you return an email to me? Thanks.

    • Christine Yount Jones
      Christine Yount Jones on

      Donna,
      We’re sorry about not approving your comment in a timely manner. It wasn’t censorship–just timing. Thank you for your thoughts!
      Christine

  7. As a Family Minister I once wrote an article about a local denomination who decided to have their congregation vote on whether or not they should allow homosexual clergy in their congregation. The title used then applies here as well. It was titled “I don’t care what you think.” Whether I am ok with the “Tsunami” or not has no weight, we better base our decisions on what God considers right. If we are going to call ourselves God’s people we had better follow what God approves of. While we are shown examples of Jesus dealing with sinners in a loving manner (woman at the well, woman caught in the act of adultery, etc), He never encourages the continuation of sin. This article encourages the reader to find ways to tolerate sin. One last question, if we changed “Same Sex Tsunami” to “Child Molester Tsunami” and encouraged the reader to find a way for a practicing child molester to find an area to work in the church and not be judged, would anyone be ok with that? After all, it is a sin just like any other correct?

    • Christine Yount Jones
      Christine Yount Jones on

      Wade, our intent with this article is to encourage people to grapple with these issues and develop policies before they need them. We are not trying to espouse tolerating sin. Thank you for your comments.

  8. Looks like this article is being peddled a second time around about a year later I suspect from the comments dates. Since then, a year ago, much more moral decay has developed in the LGBTQQP push in your face ideology, e.g., bathroom bills, I wonder if the author would have written the same article today?
    Additional, since the author seems to love this question, I wonder what is the author’s own understanding of the Bible on it?

    “Is homosexuality a sin or a choice? If it’s a sin, is it a worse sin than other sins?”

    But I’ll add for the author, “If it’s not sin, why not?” And “If it is a sin, why isn’t it greater than other sins?”

    Thanks. I would appreciate answers.

    • Christine Yount Jones
      Christine Yount Jones on

      Pastor John, thank you for your comments and questions. The issues in this article continue to be pertinent in our culture. We believe that homosexual sex is sin. Does that answer your question well enough? We encourage dialogue!

  9. Having just now read the article on “Same Sex Tsunami” I have a few observations and comments. First, I believe we need to clarify something at the onset–people who choose to remain in these types of relationships and continue to espouse that the ‘lifestyle” they live is their choice are living in unrepentant sin. The word of God clearly states how we are to live and love. We, as Christians, need to stand solely on the Word and use it as our only voice of truth. That being said, we all sin and we all know that there is not one sin greater than another in God’s eyes-sin is sin. I am in no position to cast stones. We are called to be the “Body of Christ”, so as the song states “why aren’t His hands reaching, why aren’t His words teaching, why aren’t His feet going, why is His love not showing them there is a way…” Jesus IS the way. He is the only way. People need to realize that sin is sin and that continuing in an LGBTQ lifestyle and saying it is correct after coming to a relationship with Christ is living in the sinful nature we said we wanted to give up when we asked Jesus into our lives. Jesus came to seek and save, He came to heal the broken heart, but if we remain in our sin and openly reject that it is sin we only deceive ourselves. Sin needs to be confessed as sin, then and only then can we begin to heal and move closer to Him. Every one of us struggle with some form of sin in our lives and only by the power of Christ and the shedding of His blood in our place can we come to be truly who Christ wants us to be. Same sex relationships are sin, but we are called to love all people-even the sinner to restore them to who they are and can be in Christ. I am a little disappointed in the stance and the magazine took to this issue. We need to be teaching from the Word of God and as difficult and harsh as that can sometimes be it is the only standard fro truth that we need to model our lives after. There is only one side on this issue—“Read Your Bible, Pray Every Day, and You’ll Grow, Grow ,Grow”. We need to only ask ourselves one question in looking at all of this—What does Jesus say?

    • Christine Yount Jones
      Christine Yount Jones on

      Thank you, Gary! We agree that we need to let the Word of God guide us as we pray about these issues.

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