Christians are often faced with the question: Should I attend the same-sex wedding of my friend or loved one? While the Bible doesn't give an explicit yes or no, it does provide us with principles that should shape our response. In this paper, Dr. Preston Sprinkle presents a framework for how to think through this question and describes several different responses that are faithful to a traditional Christian view of marriage.
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Jesus never explicitly mentioned homosexuality in the four gospels of the New Testament. He talked about fornication, adultery, lust, marriage, divorce, and other aspects of sexuality. But he never mentioned same-sex sexual relations.
Is being gay a sin? We argue that the answerto this questionis "no." Simply being gay in sexual orientation is no more or less sinful thanbeing straight. Our attractions and orientations don't make us sinful or holy—it's what we do with our attractions and orientations, the way we steward our sexuality, that counts in the eyes of God.
Many Christians assume that the sin of Sodom (Gen. 19:1-10) was homosexuality. This assumption has given us everything from the word "sodomy" to bumper stickers declaring that "gay pride is why Sodom fried." But was "sodomy" really the sin of Sodom? Is gay pride the reason why God fried the city?
Does the Bible really say that same-sex sexual relations are sin? Is marriage only between a man and a woman, or can a Christian view of marriage be extended to include same-sex couples? There are many reasons why some Christians believe that monogamous, consensual, same-sex relations are not prohibited by Scripture. In this paper, Dr. Preston Sprinkle summarizes and responds to 15 of those reasons.
One of the most difficult relationships people try to manage is the one between Christian parents and gay kids. In this practical and thoughtful paper, Brad Harper talks authentically and pastorally about his relationship with his gay son, Drew. In the end, the two have not only maintained a relationship—their relationship has flourished.
The biblical prohibitions against same-sex relations were given against a cultural backdrop that including many different kinds of same-sex relations. Some scholars have recently argued that adult, consensual same-sex relations didn't exist in biblical times. This paper examines many different references to adult, consensual realtions in Ancient Near Eastern, Greco-Roman, and Jewish texts, in order to show that the biblical prohibitions shouldn't be limited to nonconsensual relations.
LGBT youth are silently struggling in churches and youth groups all around the world. In many cases, they long to share their stories, which means that leaders need to be prepared to listen and graciously point these students to the fullness of the gospel. In this paper, Laurie Krieg draws upon her years of experience counseling LGBT youth, as well as her own personal struggle with her sexuality in high school, to offer a practical and pastoral way forward for church leaders.
“I’m gay; can I join your church?” At face value, this is a simple question. But there’s actually a world of complexity in defining the terms: what do we mean by gay, and what do we mean by join? How we define join will shape our approach to membership, baptism, leadership, and communion, and how we define gay will shape its impact for the people we’re talking about. In this paper, Pastor Joshua Ryan Butler addresses these topics and offers guidance for Pastors and church leaders seeking to follow Jesus' example of radical embrace and radical obedience.
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