What We Believe

We Believe:
•it is entirely possible to be both Christian and gay.

•sexual orientation is not a choice.

•Jesus never condemned or spoke against gay people.

•a Christian’s primary identity is in Jesus.

•there are many misguided opinions about LGBT individuals perpetuated by the religious right.

•the issue of homosexuality is unnecessarily taboo in many of today’s churches.

•there is a wide array of beliefs about gay sexual relationships.  Some believe that God affirms them, and others believe that God directs gay people to abstain.  We believe that God, in His grace, provides opportunity for all people to work though those divergent beliefs as Christians.  (Read our blog “Second-Hand Faith: a Look at Homosexuality and the Bible” for more information.)

•God created you and He loves you just the way you are!

We Believe that the Bible:
•is the inspired Word of God.

•is a historical account of God and His relationships with people.

•offers prophecy that is relevant in today’s society.

•is a tool that teaches us how to interact with God, and each other.

•gives us the tools and knowledge we need to combat evil in the spiritual realm.

•is the authority for followers of Jesus Christ.

13 responses to “What We Believe

  1. To start off God loves everyone. I am compelled to point out that yes some people are born with a spirit of homosexuality which God did not create people with but through legal rights from ancestral curses by forefathers or acts they themselves preform they can enter into a person. Exodus 34:6-7. And I’m glad we agree that the bible gives us the tools and knowledge we need to combat evil in the spiritual realm. A third of Jesus’ ministry was casting out spirits freeing the captives, deliverance is the children’s bread. Matt. 15:26.
    If any one would like to be free from these spirits please contact a deliverance ministry or there is a nightly blog talk radio show “Omega Man Radio” they do live nightly deliverance starts at 8pm est call in number (917) 889-2745 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/omegamanradio

    God bless brothers and sisters

    • Hi, Sarah! Thanks for visiting the blog. I completely understand that you have your religious convictions. I too, once believed what you believe. However, after years of healing services, prayer, pleading, bargaining, depression, etc… I have also reached my own religious convictions. And what you see here on this site reflects those convictions. This site is a safe haven for LGBT’s struggling with their faith. I invite healthy discussion, but I’m sure many of my readers are well-aware of reparative therapy. I’m trying to show the other side of things.

      • Hi, I just found your site. I’m a straight evangelical who’s never really thought much about GLBT issues until recently. I believe God is removing the scales from my eyes to see how much damage the church is doing in the name of Jesus. I’m sure that Sarah (above) loves the Lord and is convinced of the truth of her convictions even though I find her choice of wording a bit odd. She and I would I’m sure agree that our battles are not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces at work behind the human actions. I am praying for myself that God would remove any unbiblical influence that I have picked up in my Christian circles against GLBT people and the fight for your civil rights. May I see clearly through the rhetoric and focus only on Jesus. I want to be free of any spirit of prejudice, hatred, religious elitism, false doctrine, etc. that may have crept into my faith. Please pray for me. Right now, I’m on this journey alone, although my husband (God bless him!) is standing with me as I figure out where God is moving me. I would love to develop a friendship with a GLBT Christian to learn to see Jesus through their eyes and experiences.

      • Angie,

        I want you to know that I wept as I read your comment. I am so thankful for people like you who are taking this difficult journey. People like you have to “come out of the closet”, too! I know several straight Christian allies who have been ridiculed simply for re-evaluating this issue on their own. What you are doing takes tremendous courage. I would love to chat more with you if you ever have the desire. (You can email me at lezchristian@gmail.com)

        Thank you so, so much for taking the time to visit this blog a bit and leave a comment. It’s really awesome to hear from you!

  2. I actually came to this site for the free sticker. As annoying as that may be to you, I am glad I was led here. See, I’ve always believed in Heavenly Father. I pray, I attempt my hardest to do good for those around me. From time to time I have questioned his existence, but bounced back soon after and regained faith. Lately though, I have been ragged, tired, sad…and for the first time in my life truly believed like I was some joke to God. Which, I understand sounds pathetic and narcissistic, but its been a feelig I can’t shake.

    • AJ,
      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I apologize for making assumptions about the “freebie” sites. I’m now very thankful that my site was listed there, because I’ve come in contact with some really amazing people.

      I’m so sorry to hear about the tough times you are going through. It is certainly true that God’s children are not exempt from these times of pain, suffering, and agony. I want you to know that it is normal to have those feelings at times. I said a prayer for you as soon as I read this. I’m so glad you found this site, and I hope that you may find some encouragement here. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need to! May God give you a peace that surpasses all human knowledge. Blessings to you!

  3. I don’t even know how I got here. I think I followed a link from someone’s tweet.
    I’d just like to offer what for right now, is my sincere point of view, and my way of reconciling some things the Bible says with homosexuality.
    First of all, so that you know where I’m coming from. I’m straight, and I’m what some people would find an oddity (though I don’t really see it that way) in that I’m politically and socially left of center, but I am theologically conservative. By that, I mean I’m not a Unitarian or an Episcopalian or Presbyterian (PCUSA) or share any theologically liberal ideologies with such denominations.
    I take the Bible as the inerrant (at least in its original languages) Word of God.
    Having said that, there are some Bible passages that I find difficult. However, I have learned through experience and research; that when I find a difficult passage the problem is that I don’t know enough or I don’t understand it correctly. The problem is not with the passage itself.
    In other words, God is not the one that’s wrong. It’s usually me, or my limited understanding of his word. As I learn more, sometimes those difficult Bible passages become more clear and they don’t seem to be so difficult once you connect the dots. I’m sure you know what I mean, if you have any experience with the scriptures.
    And obviously, the homosexuality issue is a difficult one. On one hand, as I read the gospels and see that there’s absolutely no mention of the issue by Jesus. You would’ve thought that if it was something important, he would’ve talked about it. But he didn’t. In fact, he scolded the Pharisees continually for always worrying about silly laws and rituals and not caring about people. Compassion was a central issue throughout the gospels (other than Jesus’s sacrifice and salvation itself).
    But Paul makes mentions of homosexuality here and there, and while he doesn’t dwell on the issue much, he mentions it along the lines of other sins. Like in I Corinthians 6:9.
    So what do I think?
    Well, first of all, I try to step outside myself and my culture when faced with this dilemma. If I just *read* the scriptures and the context they’re in; I really don’t understand why today, in most churches, homosexuality is a *special* sin. Why is it treated different? Perhaps it is because it’s the one sin that many of us can say we don’t commit. It’s the one most of us get right. But the truth is that there’s absolutely nothing I read in the scriptures that make me think it should receive a different treatment.
    On the other hand, I can’t dismiss it and say it’s not a sin. At least, not if I’m to believe my translation (NASB, NIV). Granted it doesn’t seem to be a very important one, but I haven’t found anything that leads me to believe it is not.
    Which brings me to my point… who among us is without sin? It would be ridiculous of me to cast the first stone. Because while I may not be guilty of homosexual sin, I am guilty of some others which are probably far worse. And many of these, are not a “one time thing”. They’re sins that I struggle with daily. Some of commission but a great deal are sins of omission, and such sins is where I believe is even more difficult to please God.
    By virtue of accepting Jesus’ sacrifice, we stand blameless before God. We all know that. But that does not mean we will not sin anymore. We sure can keep trying, but whatever sins we commit, (whether it be homosexuality, or coveting or greed or lying or simply not loving our neighbor as ourselves) they will be something we will struggle with ’till the day we die.
    By His grace and through sanctification, we can hopefully become more Christlike and closer to being the way God wants us to. But it will be a lifelong process that will not be concluded in this life.
    So while someone may be a homosexual and that in itself may be a sin; the conservative Christian who disdains him and fails to show compassion and love to said homosexual, is probably guilty of a much bigger sin. Because while Jesus didn’t talk much about homosexuality, he talked MUCH about showing love.

    In other words: You may be gay and I may not be. But we’re still in the same boat.

    May God bless you.

    • Jean Baptiste,
      Thank you so much for your response. Beautifully said, indeed! I would like to thank you for your perspective on this issue. May we all move forward together in LOVE, and may we constantly find new and fresh ways to serve this amazing Creator of ours. God bless you!

  4. I found this website through a Facebook link from Jay Bakker, and I’m glad I did. Like Angie, I am also straight. I am also a Christian woman who for most of my 59 years didn’t think very much about homosexuals as individuals and just accepted what I had been taught, that homosexuality was a sin and that people who engage in “that lifestyle” were living in sin, as are any of us who continue to do what we know is wrong. Then I actually started meeting gay people whom I liked and respected. I saw them with their partners. I ran into them at the grocery store. They were some of my daughters’ favorite and most influential teachers. Then one of my daughters began to express to my husband and me that she was struggling with understanding her own sexual orientation. What had been a more distant issue had become over about five years much more personal. I felt I needed to really understand what the Bible actually says about homosexuality. Thus began a two-year in-depth study of biblical scholars on both sides of the issue, conversations with pastors and people whose wisdom I trust, and listening to my daughter and reading different blogs she was following online. My discoveries have been life-changing and faith-affirming. I now understand that context and original language are very important in reading the verses we have always seen as blanket condemnation of homosexual behavior, that the issue wasn’t big enough for Jesus to even mention it, and that what Paul is talking about is as far from a loving, consensual, committed relationship between two people of the same sex as rape is from loving sex in a loving marriage. I have also watched gay Christians who have blossomed in their faith and joy in following God as they have felt affirmed in their church communities. I am also in the process of “coming out” as an affirming evangelical Christian, trying to tread gently on the unpredictable ground of being loving to those who still hold firmly that any same-sex expression of love is “an abomination” or that being gay is a choice, while gently trying to speak truth as I have come to understand it. I continue to carefully follow God’s leading in this adventure and feel Him smile as I learn more about His unending love and delight in all His children.

    • Marlene,
      Thank you so much for your comment, and for taking the time to visit! I am so thrilled to hear your story. I think it says so much about a parent who reacts the way that you did when your daughter came out. Oh, how we need people like you! I know that affirming Christians have to “come out” of their own closets! You can be ridiculed just as much as the LGBT community when you show tolerance and acceptance for our community.

      I love how you say your journey has been “life-changing and faith affirming”. I feel the same way about my own journey. Once I honestly began to grasp God’s holy and perfect love for all of His children, my faith was never the same!

      I really hope to hear from you again! Thank you for sharing your story. God bless you and your family!

  5. God gave us free will. Everything you do in life is a choice. You choose to live a righteous life or a sinful one. It is your choice. Choose wisely, because your choices will have consequences in this life and for all of eternity.

  6. Just a quick insight here…

    For those people who say that gays are “living in sin”; who among you isn’t in one way or another “living in sin”? What does “living in sin” mean? Does it mean that you know you sin and yet continue to do so? If that is the case, I’d hate to point out to all of you, that ALL OF US know we sin and continue to do so. Even Paul said in Romans 7:15 that “…I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
    Do not fool yourselves and think that you are the exception. Someone may be a homosexual, but I may be greedy, or I may lust in my heart after women or things that aren’t mine. I may not love my neighbor (especially the one I don’t like) the way God has called me to do. All of these things, are things that we live with everyday and thus, we are no exception to “living in sin”. So please, unless you can say with a straight face that you have no struggles whatsoever, (and if you do, you’re probably guilty of much pride) then don’t use that argument. You are only fooling yourself.

    And for those who say that being gay is a choice and not something you’re born with, let me ask you something. Why is that issue even relevant? You could easily say that every time we are faced with a choice to sin or not to sin, it is our choice. However, it is also true that we are all flawed with a sinful nature from birth. If you subscribe to the doctrine of original sin, (as most Catholics and Evangelicals do) then you know sin entered mankind through one man: Adam. As such, the desire and pull to sin, is something we are ALL born with. Homosexual or not. Yes, we still have a choice, but without the grace of God, we would probably not be able to EVER make the right choice. If we actually make the right choice and not sin, it is not something we ourselves can take credit for. It is because of one of two reasons: 1) God gave us the strength to make the right choice 2) We were created also in the image of God, and though we are flawed we sometimes reflect our maker.
    But as far as sin goes, we make hundreds of choices everyday, and we fail miserably most of these. The only one most of us don’t fail at, is the homosexuality one. That’s why we are so quick to point at it.
    We really need to take the log out of our own eye, before we attempt to look at the spec in the eye of our gay brother or sister.

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