Monday, June 13, 2011
I am writing to you as a brother protestant Christian. Does it surprise you that there are Christians who claim Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, take the bible as the authority for their lives and yet do not find Christianity and LGBT mutually exclusive?
In the church you attend you have been taught to take the word of God in the bible as authority. You are a new Christian and praise God for that. I have been born again for many years and have read the bible from cover to cover over ten times studying and meditating on God's word. There is a lot in the Old Testament that was for its time. Today, we do not circumcise our male children, we do eat pork and rabbit, we do not have slaves or multiple wives, etc. We are blessed by having the new covenant through Jesus, we are new creations living by faith not by law. There is a wonderful passage by Saint Paul in Galatians - I will copy it for you below but you can check it in your bible it is at Chapter 3 verses 24 to the end
24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
You should learn Verse 28 as a memory verse. In the Old Testament Gentiles, slaves, women and LGBT people were excluded but now we live by faith and are one in Christ Jesus. So do not have people tell you that when our almighty God made people gay he made a mistake. Or that living a loving faithful life as two gay men is sinful. Or that you can change your sexuality because what you can do by force of determination, peer pressure and prayer is simply to suppress it for a time. The problem you will encounter is that your dreams will still be gay and you will find yourself in a constant battle to restrain your God given desires. I would encourage you to watch the You Tube clip from the leaders of exgay exodus seeking forgiveness for misleading people into thinking what you have been taught about curing homosexuality.
What I want to say to you simply is that it is great that you have come to faith in Jesus. It is good that you have a fellowship of believers around you to love and care for you. However, when you find that your sexuality re-emerges and you find that your current fellowship will not accept you because of that, then please do not reject Jesus. There are protestant Christians within Drachma who will love and accept you as you are as a gay man. When that day comes please get in touch, and in a non-threatening way we can talk about what it means to be an authentic follower of Jesus without denying your own sexual identity.
With every blessing in Jesus
PS In case you are wondering about the account of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 this was about the rejection of hospitality and gang rape rather than homosexuality. Just as the similar account of Gibeah in Judges 19 was also about the rejection of hospitality and gang rape rather than heterosexuality. I urge you to read all the bible for yourself under the direction of the Holy Spirit and not just accept the bits that others show you to support their agenda.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Dear Holy Father,
We appeal to Your Holiness to condemn acts of violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people, and for Your Holiness’ co-operation in lifting the penalisation of homosexual acts worldwide.
Silence from Your Holiness is interpreted by people engaged in violence, torture and murder as consent to their actions.For example, in January 2011, David Kato, an activist for the rights of LGBT people, was brutally murdered in
Furthermore, we appeal to Your Holiness to provide clear information to all Christians concerning the passages of the Bible that are used to justify these abhorrent actions. As with the passages supporting slavery, the verses advocating the killing of persons engaged in same-sex sexual activity must not be interpreted literally.
There is still pressure from some Roman Catholic clergy on LGBT Christians to undergo “reparative therapy” in order to change their sexual orientation. This strategy, and an official Church demand for LGBT people to live in sexual abstinence lead to many life tragedies, including suicides and severe forms of depression as they try to be obedient to the church’s teachings and heroically follow them.
However, according to modern studies in psychiatry and psychology, sexual orientation cannot be changed, such attempts usually lead to serious psychological damage. Also life in celibacy cannot be demanded from those people who do not have a personal call to it.
LGBT Christians cannot be denied their fundamental right for a relationship with a beloved person, regardless of gender.
As science has testified that homosexuality is a variant of sexuality, we appeal that this scientific knowledge is included in the teaching of the church.
Consequently we appeal to Your Holiness to make sure that it is no longer preached that homosexual people must undergo therapy, but they are entitled to pursue their lives in a loving and faithful relationship.
The personal and social benefits are: a happy life, mental health, ability for fruitful work and for bringing support to others. Otherwise, life often turns into a sad existence, with a series of unsuccessful psychological and psychiatric therapies, loss of belief in God, humanity and love. This result is frequently described in letters and testimonies of LGBT Christians.
Worldwide, many lesbian, gay and transgender people live in relationships based on love, fidelity and mutual interest. Just like in mature heterosexual relationships - love is first a spiritual experience, and secondarily a physical one. Unfortunately, due to stigmatisation and lack of knowledge, the concept of homosexuality is associated by many people only with physical love.
Referring to the statement of Your Holiness in December 2008 about the protection of humanity as an ecosystem like a tropical forest, we can say that LGBT people are a less common species, permanently represented in the ecosystem. And as we know, every species is important and needed to ensure the balance God created.
We appeal to Your Holiness to reconsider the Church’s position on same-sex and transgender relationships and support these relationships being accepted and blessed in the Church.
Same-sex and transgender relationships are not dangerous for traditional family existence but in fact support and enhance marriage and family values. LGBT people constitute a small percentage of each population, and their number remains constant.
The lack of acceptance of young LGBT people both in their families and by the Church almost always causes problems in the development of their personalities. The effects of this are often dramatic and are seen in their desperate attempts to enter heterosexual marriages, or disguise their sexual orientation and attempt a life in a seminary or a monastery, not necessarily because of personal vocation.
For these reasons, creating a safe and friendly atmosphere for ‘coming out’ is important for each society.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that homosexual persons should be treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Respect and sensitivity should be given to everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. If this was truly the case then compassion would not be necessary. Homophobic behaviour and opinions are especially painful when perpetrated by Christians - both clergy and laity, and are not in keeping with showing respect.
God bless Your Holiness
Diane Xuereb (
(Co-Presidents of the European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Christian Groups on behalf of the member Groups)