Rarely do I ever hear an actual argument, certainly not from Scripture. What I do hear are experiences —how befriending an LGBT person or getting a certain feeling or receiving a supposed message from God should lead Christians to a new view of sex, marriage, and the human person—a view the church has unanimously rejected for two millennia. They may have been taught that sexual or romantic relationships that are not heterosexual are sinful…Yet those same LGBTQ people of faith know deep within that they were born this way. Right out of the gate, this pamphlet, timed to coincide with the largest gathering of progressive evangelicals in the country, assumes what it needs to prove.
A friend of mine has started this hashtag, that many people use in solidarity, as we proclaim our faith, and also proclaim our sexuality. We want Christians to stop calling homosexuality a sin. People have not understood how harmful this is, and we want to see the world change. I cannot tell you how many people have asked me, and are continuing to ask the question, of how to reconcile their faith with who they are as an LGBT person, or in wanting to support people in their lives, that are LGBT. This is a huge hurdle in our time and culture, and it is one that we must continue to address to see change, although it is not the first hurdle we have had as a people of faith. So where do I start? I start with what I think is the biggest problem in Western Evangelical Christian culture, today: Worshipping the Bible.
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The topic of homosexuality brings up a lot of questions for Christian teens, one of which is, "Does God hate homosexuals? But it may also come up in discussions with other teens. You may wonder whether Christians will accept you if you are gay or you may wonder how you should behave towards people you believe are gay or lesbian. First, it is important for Christian teens to understand that God does not hate anyone. God created each and every person's soul and wants each to turn to Him.