The Church - Problem or Solution?

By Jonathan, TfT Director.     This article was originally published in the Autumn 2012 newsletter.

church groupIn the course of my work within True freedom Trust I’ve listened to a number of very sad and sometimes quite disturbing accounts of how individuals struggling with issues of same-sex attraction have been treated within their church. Many of us will have our own stories of being harshly judged, or rejected, or misunderstood by our brothers and sisters in Christ.

I’ve encountered parents who’ve been asked to leave a church because their son or daughter has embraced a gay identity. I’ve met church leaders and youth workers who’ve been hounded out of a fellowship because they’ve admitted to struggling with same-sex attractions, even though they’re fully committed to living according to the biblical teaching on sexual purity. I’ve come across many single people who feel immense pressure to get married from Christians who are unaware of their struggle (and sometimes from those who are aware!) I’ve spoken with young people struggling with their sexuality, who’ve left the church because of homophobic or insensitive comments made by their youth leaders.

"God and the Gay Christian" vs "Can you be Gay and Christian?"

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This article compares two books, one advocating a rethink on what Christians should believe about homosexual behaviour and the other refuting these arguments and advocating that we stand firm on the traditional understanding of scripture.

Since "God and the Gay Christian" has been so widely reviewed and in considerable depth by many thoughtful writers, rather than do another review of this book, we have below compiled a list of links to the wealth of excellent critical reviews of this book.

With "Can you be Gay and Christian?", however, we have written a more standard book review.

Our recommendation is to be wary of reading "God and the Gay Christian" on its own, as the arguments can be seductive at first reading. If you want to read this book, make sure you also digest some of the critiques cited below. Even better, why not read "Can you be Gay and Christian?", which is a very helpful book that engages with these arguments while holding to a biblical stance.