How the Church should treat homosexuals

Friday, November 16, 2012
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A group of Christian leaders is calling for the Church to love homosexuals without diverting from biblical teaching in the process.

Barber, Matt (Liberty Counsel)Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel Action recognizes that as the culture is shifting, some pastors are shifting their views on homosexuality. But there is something pastors need to understand, he says.

"Christ has given us the perfect example by which to address these issues. Christ is full of grace, always has grace, but he never veers away from truth," Barber asserts. "The answer is to speak God's truth in love, to call sin sin. Jesus was very clear about sexual immorality."

The Christian attorney is reminded of how Jesus addressed the woman at the temple who was about to be stoned to death (John 8:1-11). He recognized she was engaged in a lifestyle of sexual immorality, but told her: "I condemn you not." The problem, notes Barber, is that most people want to forget that Jesus also told her to "go and sin no more."

"When people identify their identity and engage in a counterfeit marriage, and then go to church and expect for that church to affirm their lifestyle of sin -- when a church affirms that lifestyle of sin, they are not engaging in love and grace; they are doing something most hateful, " Barber reasons.

He adds that Jesus is also clear about those who lead people, including youngsters, into sin in the name of Christ.

This call for Christians and churches to show more Christ-like love toward those living a homosexual lifestyle was made by more than a dozen pastors and ministry leaders speaking during "The Nines" leadership webcast in late October.

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