It was a great blessing, and I honestly wish every person in our church could have been there. Here are those takeaways:. There are a lot of voices saying a lot of words about homosexuality and same sex attraction. There are lots of Acbc conference homosexuality in christianity inside and outside of the church trying to make the case that homosexual practice is not a sin, but their arguments are ultimately unconvincing and require the dismissal of clear biblical teaching.
The voices that most concern me are those that Bible-believing Christians tend to grab onto but are devoid of the gospel. One of these is the voice that affirms secular reparative therapy. Change without Jesus is just behavior modification, and that is not what those struggling with same-sex attraction need. Without personal application and love for others, those Acbc conference homosexuality in christianity desire to speak about homosexuality would do better to just remain silent.
There are many things in the world more disgusting to God than homosexual sex, and I firmly believe that the pride implicit in this voice is one of them.
While reparative therapy should be rejected by Christians outright which has unfortunately, historically not been the casethat does not mean there is no hope for change for those that struggle with same sex attraction. The first thing we have to do, though, as in all Gospel-change, is to define the goal of change.
It needs to be said over and over again: A person may or may not ever experience heterosexual desire in their life. Regardless, the goal of change in the life of a Christian is to become more like Christ. All of us Acbc conference homosexuality in christianity ruined by our sin, and all of us have longings and desires that are opposed to how God created us.
Acbc conference homosexuality in christianity The only solution for this problem is the gospel of Christ! God sent his Son to pay the penalty we deserve to pay for our sin that we might be redeemed and freed from our sinful, life-dominating, self-focused longings and desires. No matter what the sin issue, or how deeply ingrained it feels, change is possible.
It might be slow at times, and it will almost assuredly be difficult and painful. But God promises us that he is changing us, producing in us holiness, self-control, love for others, Acbc conference homosexuality in christianity, and purity as defined by Him in His Word. No matter how acceptable any sin becomes in our world, or how ingrained it becomes in our heart, we should hold fast to the promise: This is a point that, in one way or another, every single speaker at the conference hit on with deep conviction.
There is no other context God has designed for the "Acbc conference homosexuality in christianity" of change other than the body of Christ in the form of the local church. The reasons for this are numerous, but this point could have not been brought home any more clearly than when Rosaria Butterfield whose 2 books should be required reading described the beauty, love, hospitality, intimacy, acceptance, and support present in her LGBT community, prior to her coming to know Christ.
For many in that community it is an incredibly loving place to live. For many in that community it is the only family they have. The body of Christ must be a place where messy people can be accepted, loved, and cared for even as they struggle through walking away from their sin. As Christians, our community ought to be at least as tight-knit and caring, not because this will somehow convince a person that Christianity is better, but out of compassion, love, and appreciation for the difficulty experienced by someone who God has called to leave their family and their life and follow him.
I so desperately pray that as we all grow in Christ-likeness that we will become more and more and more that kind of church.
Let me add something for those of you who do struggle with same sex attraction: I believe Cornerstone can be, and in many ways isthat kind of church. All you have to do is reach out. Additional articles that might be of interest. Article Reflections on Homosexuality and the Church. Here are those takeaways: Change is Possible While reparative therapy should be rejected by Christians outright which has unfortunately, historically not been the casethat does not mean there is no hope for change for those that struggle with same sex attraction.