How can one be gay and Christian?

by Minister Brigman

Rick Brentlinger Answers -

You've asked a question many people ask. There is no short answer except to say that what is commonly taught, that when a person gets saved, God changes them from homosexual to heterosexual, is just plain wrong.

The answer is also found in the hundreds of pages of detailed information on this website and in the book I've written. For more specific answers, check out this page: Answers to Ask a Question, where I've answered 122 similar questions.

Or click any button on the NavBar, especially the buttons under What The Bible Says and explore the many reasons why its perfectly fine with God to be both gay and Christian. I've provided hundreds of pages of free information for readers in 165 countries around the world.

My 390 page book, Gay Christian 101, presents fascinating historical proof that our ancient Jewish and Christian ancestors did not view Biblical texts like Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 as universal indictments of homosexuality.

People who were once marginalized - women, people of color, divorced and remarried people - are leaders in the modern church. Gay Christian 101 argues that the trajectory of Biblical truth also supports full inclusion of born again gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons in the spiritual life of the church.

Isn't it interesting that there are no BC religious or secular references to Sodom which mention homosexuality?

Are you aware that there are at least eighteen variant interpretations of the alleged prohibitions of homosexuality found in Lev 18:22 and 20:13? I list them in Gay Christian 101.

Did you know that the term eunuchs, in ancient times included gay men and lesbians? Jesus points out this fact to His disciples when He specifically excludes eunuchs from participating in Adam and Eve style marriage in Matthew 19:3-12.

Did you know that Jesus met and blessed a gay Centurion and declared his faith greater than the faith of anyone in Israel?

Did you know there are 15 variant interpretations of the Romans 1:26-27 passage?

Did you know that early Christians understood Romans 1 to be prohibiting shrine prostitution?

Are you aware that the Greek words malakoi and arsenokoitai, from 1 Corinthians 6:9, were rarely if ever used to indicate homosexuality in the first century?

I know this is new information for some Christians so I hope you will read and study and receive the guidance of the Holy Spirit before you draw a conclusion.

Original question:

How can one be gay and christian? Doesn't the Word of God speak directly against same sex relationships calling it an abomination for a man to lay with a man or a woman to lay with a woman?

I have nothing against gay people, this is just the first time I have seen a website dedicated to helping those in the gay community become saved without acknowledging that being gay is in and of itself a sin directly addressed and spoken against by God. Please help me with this.

Comments for How can one be gay and Christian?

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Feb 22, 2013
by: Anonymous

I just don't know but I think, based on my study of the Bible, that you are wrong. "Gay Christian" is an oxymoron. Just like "adulterous Christian" and "pedophile Christian" and "drug addicted Christian" are JUST LIES. Sin is sin. Call it like it is. NOT because I say so; but God says it is. The ONLY foundation of the Christian Faith is the Bible; and there is NO doubt that is declares homosexuality a sin in the eyes of the Lord. Sorry! If you claim to be a Christian, but continue in Sin, you are a liar.

Rick's comment: ALL of the clobber passages are in the context of temple prostitution, NOT two gay guys or two gay gals. With gentle kindness I must say that you simply don't know what you're talking about on this issue.

You cannot cite any verse in either testament which says being gay is a sin or that two guys or two gals falling in love is a sin. The verses which you think are about homosexuality are, in context, about temple prostitution, NOT being gay.

If you are honest, you can figure it out by doing more reading and study. If you're not honest, no amount of reading and study will help.

Feb 26, 2013
I Disagree
by: Anonymous

My friend, the Bible spells it out so clearly. ! Corinthians 6:9-10 says, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? DO NOT BE DECIEVED: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men WHO PRACTICE HOMOSEXUALITY,nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Homosexuals are sinners, but they're no worse than any other sinner. As Christians we must extend grace to them and trust in God to change them of their ways and for us to ever change ours.

Please don't even try to justify sin by taking verse out of context.

"No Jesus, no change. Know Jesus, know change."

Rick's comment: The NIV is NOT to be trusted on their very poor translation of 1 Cor 6:9. More study will help you acquaint yourself with the facts. Here's a great place to start: 1 Cor 6:9 - Many thanks for stopping by.

May 30, 2013
to Feb 26, 2013 comment
by: Anonymous

It actually says that Jesus makes us righteous through our faith in his resurrection and our resurrection. And the unrighteous is those who blaspheme the word of God which is Jesus. He said Himself that love is our only commandment and that we are too seek the kingdom of God first in all things. That is the context of the unrighteous won't inherit the kingdom because they are plainly NOT LOOKING FOR IT. If you love God and love Jesus you are already saved. It is FINISHED.

Rick's comment: Getting saved is not automatic for anyone. Getting saved involves repentance and personally receiving Jesus as Savior, John 1:11-12, Romans 5:17.

Jul 30, 2013
About this website
by: William

I'm a closeted gay Christian and when I stumbled upen this website it gave me some hope because all the information here was the complete opposite of what I have been taught my entire life (Homosexuality is sin.) However, I'm not convinced.

How can you make sure that all the teachings here are actually biblically accurate and not something you just made up? How can you make sure that you are not a spawn of Satan who just created this website to trick people into thinking that Homosexuality is not a sin (when it clearly says so in the bible)

Sorry for doubting you, but I'm just shocked with what I found in here. Its all just so different.

Rick's comment: Christians believe what the Bible says in context. Christians are led into all truth by the Holy Spirit, John 16:13.

Christians do not live like mindless ninnies who believe everything some hate-filled bigot says. Our job is to be like the Berean Christians in Acts 17:11. We search the scriptures daily whether those things are so. Hope this is helpful.

Jul 30, 2013
Question for Rick
by: William

Do you believe that no other external force other than God and the Holy Spirit told you and guided you to create this website specifically to help LGBT Christians? Once again, sorry for doubting. :(

Rick's comment: As I researched and wrote my book and this website, I prayed for wisdom from God and His help so that what I wrote would be honest and scriptural and in accord with what the Bible says in context. Hope this is helpful William.

Apr 19, 2014
Sorry Rick but your wrong
by: Owen

You can hypothesize, theorize, or hope that being gay is ok but you know in your heart your wrong. When man sins that part of him that is his connection to God (consience) tells him he's wrong and that's why People who act untoward another of the same sex know their wrong. If what they were doing wasn't a sin they wouldn't feel wrong.

Rick's comment: Hi Owen - opinions and verses out of context are all I get from folks who are anti-gay. These pages may be helpful to you.

Are you 100% sure that God allows homosexuality among Christians?

What must I do to be saved?

Jul 09, 2014
by: Sons of Zadok - Rock Hill, NC

Homosexuality should be treated as a very dangerous, and contagious disease, and those that have it, should be quarantined, and or sent to a deserted island, far from any mainland,it should be treated like a Zombie outbreak.

Rick's comment: LOL, must be a full moon around Charlotte, NC tonight. Attention fake Sons of Zadok - Put down the Cheetos. Wipe your fingers on the front of your shirt. Now step away from the computer. It is time to leave your mother's basement. And please don't forget your tin foil hat.

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