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