Homosexuality, Christianity and the Church
– resolving the conflicts
‘Homosexuality, Christianity and the Church – resolving the conflicts’ is a seminar that helps people find answers to one of the most controversial topics in the church.
History tells us the Christian church has not always shown God’s unconditional love. In fact, the church has often been the last to accept the growing understanding that all human beings should be treated equally and……dare we say it…..has even been a stronghold of prejudice. In the past, using selective texts of scripture, some Christians opposed the abolition of slavery, equal rights for people of colour, allowing two people from different races to marry and equality for women. Not only has this resistance to change caused great suffering to individuals but also damaged the reputation of the Christian church and hindered the redemptive message of the gospel.
Churches and denominations have been coming to terms with the issue of homosexuality for several decades now. But some are just beginning the journey, trying to work out what it means to welcome LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people into congregations, understand their relationships and allowing them to use their gifts to serve God and the church.
There was at time when the concept of being a gay Christian was impossible to comprehend; the term ‘gay Christian’ an oxymoron. In 1968 one man dared to believe that there was no conflict between his sexual orientation and his Christian faith. Since that time the number of voices has grown to many, many 10,000’s (Google ‘Gay Christian’ – you’ll find millions of entries). Not only is there a gay Christian denomination (MCC), but a growing number of gay independent churches as well (Pentecost, Charismatic and Evangelical). The amount of mainstream churches and denominations who welcome and affirm LGBT people increases every year. Once non-existent, the gay Christian movement is now strong, growing and vibrant.