Same-sex attraction. Homosexuality. Too often the church responds to these struggles with an embarrassed silence–don’t ask, don’t tell–or an angry tirade that produces more division then unity. The result: the individual who struggles with same-sex attraction or who has engaged in homosexual practice feels isolated, confused, and condemned, their own silence and shame perpetuated. As a community of redeemed people who are “tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,” how can we address these struggles with grace and truth? How can our churches become communities where biblical perspective on the experience of same-sex attraction is wedded to thoughtful, compassionate ministry? This session should be helpful for leaders and church members who want to make their local congregations places of welcome for strugglers. It should also provide gospel-centered perspective for those who struggle with same-sex attraction, particularly men. Click here to download the outline for this session.
This lecture is from the 2012 National Conference, “Guilt and Shame.”