Churches increasingly need to know how to faithfully minister to those who are same-sex attracted.
Sam Allberry, Christopher Yuan and Rosaria Butterfield are all either same-sex attracted or have lived a homosexual lifestyle. They are all also committed followers of Jesus and committed to a biblical understanding of sexuality. Their past experiences, or orientation, give them credibility when addressing questions about the church’s relationship with same-sex attracted people.
In this 9 Marks article, they are asked how they would pastor or disciple a SSA person differently from someone else, how SSA people can be integrated into the church, how the legalisatin of samesex marriages has impacted pastoring single people and whether they encourage same-sex attracted people to pursue biblical marriage.
Boy Erased is a movie based on Garrard Conley’s book of the same name, telling the true story of a Baptist pastor’s son who “came out” as being homosexual and was subjected to “conversion therapy”. As you might expect, it is not positive about either his father’s faith or the conversion therapy – and maybe with good reason.
Obviously, there are huge questions facing the church in the area of sexuality.
Juli Slattery talks here about linking sexuality with our spirituality. Jesus used all sorts illustrations for spiritual purposes and sexuality is no different. Some of the difficulties we have addressing these issues stem from not having the broader understanding of sexuality.