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Jesus Saves Sinners by the Grace of God
Our Mission Statement. We affirm
Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, proclaiming the Good News of salvation in Christ
through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21.
We encourage GLBTQ Christians around the world to join other believers for regular worship, prayer, Bible study and Christian fellowship. Our goal as Christians is to encourage “one another to brotherly love and right conduct” Hebrews 10:24, Webster's Bible Translation
The People We Serve
The primary outreach of GayChristian101.com is to the GLBT community, including their family and friends. We also serve the wider Christian community as an information resource about gay and lesbian Christians, Leviticus 19:33,34; Galatians 3:23–28, 1 Peter 3:15.
By providing a safe haven for spiritual growth and by walking alongside seekers, our mission is to alleviate the suffering and loneliness of many gay and lesbian people.
Down the ages, gays and lesbians have been vilified and rejected by the church. Our task is to help GLBT Christians reconcile their sexual orientation with their Christian experience and their deeply held spiritual beliefs.
As we “work out our own salvation,” Philippians 2:12–16, we affirm the importance of sharing our personal testimony with the Christian community around the world.
We affirm the Bible as God’s infallible Word, sufficient for instruction in all God’s ways and for training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16,17, Hebrews 4:11–12.
The Bible is
God’s Holy Word
In working with gay and lesbian people, our mission is to bring the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ to our community, John 14:6. We affirm that the mission of all Christians should be to become authentic disciples of our Lord and Savior. The desire of our heart is to encourage growth to spiritual maturity for all who are trusting Jesus Christ alone as their Savior, Matthew 28:18–20.
Repentance frees us from the chains of sin.
Authentic Christians who desire to serve Christ understand that a change of heart and a change of direction are vitally important.
Self-sufficiency and self-centeredness hinder our spiritual mission and limit the spread of the gospel. The fruit of new life in Christ is loving service to others, supported by quiet confidence and reliance on the power of Christ, not our own power, Galatians 5:22,23.
We Accept What God Accepts
Christian social pressure compels some gays and lesbians to attempt orientation change with the goal of becoming heterosexual. Scripture rightly divided and Christian experience indicate that God’s primary concern is not to change the sexual orientation of his gay and lesbian disciples but to help them find wholeness in Christ as gays and lesbians.
Growth to spiritual maturity is based on our security in Christ Jesus and believing what God says in the Bible. Our daily experience of His loving acceptance and our recognition that we are set apart to faithfully follow Jesus leads us to share our joy with others. That is our mission.
The God-given Need for Companionship
From the beginning God affirmed "it is not good for the man to be alone," Genesis 2:18. The companionship of God Himself, with Adam in the Garden of Eden, was not enough for Adam. God affirmed that fact and created Eve to meet Adam’s need.
Marriage rights should include gays and lesbians.
that if a perfect man, Adam, without a sin nature and living in an unfallen world, needed more than the companionship of God Himself to meet his intimacy needs, it is reasonable to conclude that gays and lesbians need a kind of holy union
similar to that which God provided for the original couple, to meet our intimacy needs.
We affirm that the viewpoint of many Christians, that all gays and lesbians must live celibate lives, never having their deepest intimacy needs met, constitutes a cruel refusal to obey the explicit command of Jesus in Matthew 7:12:
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
We further affirm that Biblical principle and Christian charity require an empathetic response to the God- created intimacy needs of gay and lesbian Christians. Our mission is to communicate this truth to the body of Christ.Reality Check - your opinion or the Bible?
Do you practice these verses
with your gay brothers
and lesbian sisters?
“Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially and by appearances): but judge fairly and righteously.” -The Amplified Bible, John 7:24
“Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually].” -The Amplified Bible, Romans 15:2
“And as you would like and desire that men would do to you, do exactly so to them.” -The Amplified Bible, Luke 6:31
Obey the Bible
“As for the man who is a weak believer, [welcome him into your fellowship], but not to criticize his opinions or pass judgment on his scruples or perplex him with discussions...
Who are you to pass judgment on and censure another’s household servant? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he shall stand and be upheld, for the Master (the Lord) is mighty to support him and make him stand...
Why do you cricize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ...
Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another...
I know and am convinced (persuaded) as one in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is [forbidden as] essentially unclean (defiled and unholy in itself).” -The Amplified Bible, Romans 14:1-14
“But if anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him?” -The Amplified Bible, I John 3:17
“Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].
Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things]... take thought for what is honest and proper and noble...” -The Amplified Bible, Romans 12:15
We honor marriage in the
gay and straight community.
We affirm that life-long union between a man and a woman is a loving, God-given provision for most people, Matthew 19:4–6.
However, in the same passage which affirms heterosexual marriage, Jesus made a clear and categorical distinction between most people and eunuchs, the first class of which, according to Jesus, cannot participate in the Adam and Eve marriage paradigm, Matthew 19:11,12. Our mission is to make the body of Christ aware of this Biblical truth.
Jesus precisely differented between born eunuchs, who never made a personal decision to be eunuchs and metaphysical eunuchs who do make a personal decision to be celibate, Matthew 19:12.
We affirm and honor marriage, Hebrews 13:4, as the norm for most people. Yet Jesus also clearly stated that everyone cannot participate in the Adam and Eve marriage paradigm, Matthew 19:11,12.
God our heavenly Father recognized a deeply felt need for companionship and belonging as the common experience of humanity, Genesis 2:18, Psalm 68:4–6; James 1:27, I Corinthians 7:1-9.
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same-sex friendships and committed, faithful, non-cultic same sex partnerships (gay marriage) as an important part of God’s purpose for humanity, John 13:34,35, 1 Samuel 18:1-3.
Biblical Approval of
We affirm that wholesome same-sex relationships which are within the Biblical moral framework (committed, faithful, noncultic), honour God in conduct and expression as fully as heterosexual relationships honor God.
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God strongly affirms same-sex covenant relationships,
1 Samuel 18:3ff, 20:16,17, Ruth 1:15–17, affording both Biblical precedent and Biblical models for modern gays and lesbians.
While same sex relationships are viewed by many as different than heterosexual marriages, our mission is to proclaim that both heterosexual and homosexual partnerships function as God’s foundation for family life. Our mission is to bring peace of heart to gay and lesbian families struggling under societal oppression.
Hands Holding Cross Lesbian love is pure, sacred and undefiled
Committed, faithful, God-honoring gay and lesbian partnerships provide safe haven for raising and nurturing children. Raising children to love God and trust Jesus Christ is part of the mission of any Christian parent.
Because gay and lesbian people are not second-class citizens in the eyes of God, we deserve the same respect and dignity accorded all Christians. This respect and common decency includes affirmation of our innate need for intimacy and companionship. Our mission is to make this truth known.
Sexuality is a Gift of God
We affirm that human sexuality is a gift, intentionally designed by God into every human being. Our sexuality varies based on God’s gifts to each individual. We acknowledge our sexual orientation as a precious gift from our loving Lord. Our mission is to affirm this truth to the rest of the church.
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Gay love is pure,
holy and undefiled
To denigrate homosexuality as a result of the Fall of Adam and brand it unholy in every respect is a viewpoint never stated in scripture. The anti-gay activities of those who oppose gays and lesbians are not based on scripture, rightly divided.
We affirm the wisdom of preaching abstinence from sexual intimacy to heterosexuals and homosexuals, until they are united in heterosexual marriage or homosexual partnership. Abstaining from sexual intimacy in preparation for lifelong commitment to each other surely reflects clear Biblical teaching about marriage and partnership, I Corinthians 7:2-5, I Thessalonians 4:3-7. The mission of all authentic Christians is to live lives pleasing to God.
We Do Not Affirm
We affirm Biblical commands to shun sexual immorality, Romans 13:11–14, 1 Corinthians 6:13 -20 and 7:1–3, Ephesians 5:1–5, Colossians 3:5–17. These commandments are not always easy for committed gay and lesbian Christians or for committed heterosexual Christians.
Jesus taught that a lustful attitude is immoral, regard- less of physical contact between the person and the object of lust, Matthew 5:27,28. Every Christian must be careful to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5. That is a worthy mission for all authentic Christians.
Judge Righteous Judgment
The Church does not condemn all heterosexual behaviour on the basis that some heterosexuals commit the sins of adultery, fornication, lust and rape.
We affirm therefore that common decency, basic honesty and elementary logic require that gays and lesbians receive the same thoughtful consideration. That some homosexuals commit the sins of adultery, fornication, lust and rape does not warrant the conclusion that all gays and lesbians deserve unqualified condemnation. Our mission is to make all Christians aware of this basic truth.
Rightly Divide The Word Of Truth
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We must read it and
believe it to rightly divide it,
2 Timothy 2:15
An unbiased gramatico-historical hermeneutic leads us to conclude that Bible verses which are alleged to prohibit sexual union between men, were intended in context, to address sins of idolatry, rebellion, self-indulgence, abuse or grossly irresponsible behaviour, Genesis 19:4–10, Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:21–27, 1 Corinthians 8:9–11, 1 Timothy 1:8–11, Jude 7 and not committed faithful, non-cultic same sex partnerships.
We affirm that no verse of scripture warning against sexual immorality describes individuals in committed, faithful, same sex relationship, who are authentic followers of Jesus Christ. Communicating this vital truth is part of our mission.
What about Homogenital Acts?
We affirm that in the Bible, sexual immorality is not defined in terms of homogenital acts. Opinions to the contrary can disprove our affirmation by offering clear verses which, in historical context, support their opinion.
We affirm that the spiritual perception of Biblical heroes of faith about sexual immorality did not include condemnation of incest or polygamy, practices modern Christians condemn as grossly immoral yet practices engaged in by some Old Testament heroes of the faith their entire adult lives.
This is not to argue for incest or polygamy today. Instead, we note that incest and polygamy in the lives of God’s great heroes are ancient analogs for modern committed, faithful, non-cultic homosexual partnerships.
If God could use polygamists and practitioners of incest like Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and his wives, the parents of Moses, Gideon, the parents of Samuel, King David and others, to further His mission in the Old Testament, surely God can use born again gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people to further His mission in the age of grace. Do you agree with this reasonable conclusion?
Because God affirmed
the righteousness of Old Testament believers living in polygamous and incestuous relationships, we analogize that God affirms the righteousness of modern believers in homosexual relationships
which are within the Biblical moral framework, committed, faithful, non-cultic.
We affirm that for God and for Biblical principle, our heart attitudes and motivation are weighty factors in determining whether or not our actions are pleasing to God, John 7:24, 1 Samuel 16:7.
The Morality Of Committed
Same Sex Relationships
Gay Marriage is pure and holy and good in the eyes of God.
the morality of lifelong sexual intimacy between committed, faithful, non-cultic same sex partners by:
- Biblical principle, Romans 14:3, 5, 8, 10, 13, 1 Corinthians 7:2 (to avoid fornication, it is better to be partnered),
- Biblical analogy, (the example of Abraham and Sarah’s lifelong, incestuous brother-sister relationship) which nevertheless was richly blessed by God,
- the relationship of both partners with God through salvation,
- the love of both partners for each other and
- the clear sense of personal responsibility both partners feel for each other. Making these truths known to struggling gays and lesbians and those who love them is part of our mission.
Is Celibacy For Gays And Lesbians
The Commandment Of God?
We affirm that nowhere in Scripture is celibacy commanded for those who are unable to participate in the Adam and Eve marriage paradigm, Matthew 19:11-12. In fact the word celibacy is not a Biblical word.
Biblical references to the concept of celibacy come from Jesus, Matthew 19:12 and Paul, 1 Corinthians 7:1, 7, who both posit abstinence from marriage as a free choice, not a commandment.
We affirm the wisdom and importance of abstinence in certain situations but reject the viewpoint that sexual abstinence is the only Godly option for gays and lesbians.
Since God Himself acknowledged in the perfect, unfallen world He created, that it is "not good for man to be alone," when gay men and lesbian women find opportunity to build intimate relationships for the glory of God, this should be cause for rejoicing, not censure. Our mission is to reconcile the body of Christ to these important truths.
Forbidding or Permitting?
We believe the Bible.
In Matthew 16:19, Jesus gave His disciples the keys to the Kingdom, conveying spiritual authority and responsibility in matters concerning the body of Christ. Some modern Christians tend to emulate the Pharisees, entirely over-zealous about making unscriptural rules instead of practicing the Golden Rule, Matthew 7:12.
In 1 Timothy 4:1–5, Paul describes the practice of forbidding marriage as a "doctrine of devils."
We stand with the apostle Paul, the greatest Christian who ever lived, to affirm that forbidding committed, faithful, non-cultic same-sex partnerships is a grievous sin. Part of our mission is to spread the good news of God's amazing grace toward gays and lesbians.
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for nullifying God’s law by making and enforcing human commandments which they tried to pass off as God's law, Matthew 15:3–9. Jesus accused first century Pharisees of putting grievous burdens on others which they themselves refused to bear, Matthew 23:4.
According to Jesus, God’s scriptural rule is to "love others as we love ourselves," Matthew 22:39. Thus did Jesus mandate loving, empathetic concern for the burdens and heartaches of your gay brothers and lesbian sisters. Is this part of your mission in the body
Today, twenty first century Christian Pharisees place grievous burdens on gays and lesbians, refusing to practice the Golden Rule, Matthew 7:12, and refusing to recognise the deeply felt need for intimate companion- ship of those unable to participate in Adam and Eve style marriage. The modern church ought to model the compassion of the Christ they profess to follow.
Do you have consideration for
the conscience of others?
We affirm the responsibility gay and lesbian Christians share with their heterosexual brothers and sisters, to live their life in a way that does not bring reproach on the name of Christ.
Committed, faithful, non-cultic same-sex relationships should not be dishonoured by Christian gossip, disparagement and church condemnation, 1 Peter 4:7–10.
Gay people should understand that although their conscience may permit committed, faithful, non-cultic same sex relationships, exercising their freedom in Christ can create a serious stumbling block to other Christians who have not yet come to accept the sanctity of same sex relationships, Romans 14:9–18.
This does not mean gays and lesbians must abstain from committed, faithful, non-cultic intimate partnerships. Rather, it emphasizes the seriousness of our committed relationships and the absolute necessity of modeling Christ in every part of our life. This too is the mission of authentic followers of Christ.
Having “fervent charity” among ourselves as believers, 1 Peter 4:8, can reduce tension and build bridges of understanding in the body of Christ.
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