Important Issues Of Our Day: Homosexuality
This ministry believes that God understands, embraces, and accepts all who seek to know and serve Him sincerely. Therefore, it is the objective and mission of this church, as an LGBT Affirming ministry, to help all people, including and particularly members of the LGBT communities, to find healing, reconciliation, acceptance, and affirmation. We do not believe, and have personal experience to support our conviction, that sexual orientation is NOT a matter of choice,and that it is NOT innately evil or wicked. Wickedness is in truth defined as that which is in direct and purposeful opposition to God and Gay-Lesbian people are not, by reason of their sexual orientation, seeking to oppose God. Half a dozen biblical passages are commonly used to condemn Gay-Lesbian people in wholesale fashion. It is our firm belief that these passages have for a very long time been misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misapplied. Careful examination of these passages will reveal that they speak to very specific sexual conduct, generally related to idolatry, and not to a homosexual orientation. Many major movements within the Jewish faith also embrace this position. We also understand the clear distinction between God's condemnation of homosexual rape, and not homosexual orientation, as described in the story of Lot and the cities of Sodom. The term Sodomite, as found in the King James text, is a pitiful translation of a word that speaks of the specific act of religious prostitution which was common in ancient times as it related to the phallic religions born of Babylon. See our article, "Truth Be Told" at this LINK. Not many years ago a divorced person could not be remarried within most denominational churches, as the staunch belief of most churches was rabidly contrary to divorce and most certainly in vehement opposition to remarriage. Dozens of biblical passages, including several which quote the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, clearly articulate the notion that marriage is a lifetime commitment which cannot be exited at will. And if a natural marriage is ended, according to the Bible, it remains in effect in heaven until one of the two original parties who have entered into that marriage has died. Divorce is permitted ONLY on the grounds of adultery, and even then, remarriage is not permitted at all until one of the original two parties has died. THIS is the clear teaching of the Bible, yet so many in the church world today have gone to extraordinary lengths to re-write and redefine this issue. The issues of divorce and remarriage have been revisited by numerous theologians, preachers, and denominations, and a new understanding attained by most churches. The new understanding applies not to the issue of marriage as it relates to a man and a woman, but as it relates to the application of grace to those whom the Bible clearly labels adulterers and adulteresses because of their continued living in a state of remarriage while the former (first) spouse is yet living. We regularly offer teaching and Bible studies related specifically to LGBT issues as they relate to one's faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We do have a website we have created with Bible Studies, articles, video, etc dealing specifically with these issues located at www.GayBelievers.org
This ministry supports and seeks to reinforce ALL people, all relationships, and all families - whatever the sexual orientation, familial makeup or family structure. We support all marriages and recognize marriage as a LEGAL matter, not a divine matter, as it is defined within our present society and culture particularly. No church, fellowship, or denomination can claim to embrace and uphold the teachings and example of the Lord Jesus Christ while rejecting LGBT people, their families, and their children. The behavior of the majority of Fundamentalist and Evangelical churches in our world today toward LGBT people is abhorrent and in complete contradiction to all that is called holy or godly. The church of Jesus Christ is identified by it's ability and willingness to love and embrace ALL who seek the comfort of God's sanctuary and the support of Christian fellowship. Anything less than this is not acceptable, and this church is committed to conducting itself in harmony with the clear teaching of God's Word in these matters. We make no apologies for this progressive and biblical position and stance.
LGBT Believers seeking help, hope, affirmation, and information can visit our website, "COME OUT BELIEVING" by clicking on this link.
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