For some Christians facing same-sex temptations, they are strongly drawn to being married to someone of the opposite sex. This will be a wonderful thing for some to pursue but for others it will be unwise. This article seeks to share points of guidance for reflection, discussion and prayer.
Choosing celibacy over same-sex attraction is a good thing according to God's infallible word. For me personally choosing celibacy was like a bereavement. Saying "Bon voyage" to my sexual expression and identity, the hope of finding a long term partner and physical intimacy. Feeling that something I loved was being taken away from me. For a number of years I couldn't help but experience this as a major loss.
I am only too aware of the painful experiences many TFT members have endured from fellow believers because of their sexuality. TFT has done much in its 40 years to decrease stigma in the church, but we would all agree that there is further to go. Here I share some positive experiences of being included by the church, hopefully to show what can be done when we aspire to inclusion.
In our culture people still assume everyone wants a husband or wife, or at least a partner. The majority view is that being in relationship is preferable to being single. We often refer to people as happily married. But when did you last hear someone described as happily unmarried? Sadly, this is a foreign concept even in the Church. This piles pressure on unmarried believers and particularly those who face same-sex temptations, for whom heterosexual marriage may never be viable.
How do we share the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ – with those who identify as LGBT?
Well, unsurprisingly, the simple answer is in the same way as any other individual! The gospel is powerful enough to work in the hearts of any person, and those who identify as LGBT are not a special subset of people who require a special approach to sharing the gospel.
It is almost inevitable that a day will come when an invitation of this nature will drop on your doormat. It’s most likely that you will have been expecting this announcement and now the day has arrived. In anticipation, you have been wondering, how should a person RSVP to the invitation if they hold strongly to the biblical definition that marriage is monogamous and heterosexual?
This is very much a book for parents of children who have taken what the book calls an ‘unexpected detour’.
In this article Ed and Jonny, two TFT members, discuss the benefits of accountability apps on their smartphones
I’ve always been pretty open about my struggles with sexuality, so I was up front from the start when I arrived at my church 9 years ago. In those days, there were only a few of us and we met in the minister’s house, so it was very easy to get to know people and build positive relationships.