First there was Ted Haggard, now George Rekers. How should we as Christians deal with homosexuality, especially when our revered leaders engage in this sin?
I believe we must abandon the notion that there are degrees of sin. ALL OF US ARE SINNERS! Homosexuality is no worse a sin that drunkeness, lustfulness, or lying (to name a few). Having said that, I am NOT condoning homosexuality. What I'm most concerned about is how we as followers of Christ treat those who have a tendency toward the gay lifestyle. Are our judgmental attitudes keeping them from learning about Jesus, who is the ONLY way to eternal life?
Let's take a look at "Rent Boy" . What led him to his current lifestyle and profession? Was he exploited when he was young? Perhaps he was molested as a little boy and never given professional counseling. Do we REALLY believe God is in the business of transforming lives through Jesus Christ?
Have you ever wondered about Rent Boy's given name? It's so important that we view him as a human being who is in need of a Savior (just like we are). Actually, he has a wonderful name, Jo-Vanni Roman, although he calls himself "Lucien". As a mother of a daughter who is Jo-Vanni's age, my heart breaks for him. Has he ever been loved unconditionally? I try to imagine how Jesus would interact with him…
Rekers obviously needs help, too. Has he been struggling with homosexual urges for much of his life? Was he sexually abused? We believe Rekers has been hiding his secret sin for a long time. Just imagine the pain and confusion his wife and children must feel.
Here are our questions:
What is it about the church that makes us fear confessing our sins, especially homosexuality?
Jesus has called each and every one of His children to seek and to save the lost. How should we go about reaching the gay community? Since Christians are often labeled "homophobes", we haven't been doing a very good job of sharing our faith with this segment of the community.
The internet is a fantastic communication / research tool, and there are some excellent resources that can offer assistance to those desiring to come out of this lifestyle.
According to its web site, EXODUS INTERNATIONAL is "the largest information and referral ministry in the world addressing homosexual issues". We recommend that our readers familiarize themselves with this ministry in case they need to refer someone to it for help. Here's the link:
Please check out Exodus International's blog post on Rekers and Jo-Vanni Roman, which can be found at the following web address:
Despite the familiar human desire to throw the stone in my hand at Dr. Rekers, I cannot. He is a human who seems to have made a mistake…"
One of our commenters has brought to our attention the ministry of Tim Wilkins, who once engaged in homosexuality and now ministers to those desiring to leave the gay lifestyle.
Tim's testimony begins as follows:
" 'Up on your feet so I can knock you down again!' I stood horrified in the middle of our circular hallway as my father shouted those words at my mother who lay at his feet. He had just knocked her to the living room floor. My parents' altercation had awakened me in the middle of the night.
This was one of my earliest memories as a five or 6-year-old child. I believe I unconsciously made a promise that moment, I–will–not–be–like–that–man! Thus began my rejection of masculinity and embracing of homosexuality."
To read the rest of Tim's incredible testimony, go to this link: http://www.crossministry.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=54
Tim Wilkins, who earned his undergraduate degree from Gardner Webb University and his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary, has served as a music and preaching evangelist, pastor of two churches, and is the founder/director of Cross Ministry, Inc.
Wlkins has created a conference called "MORE THAN WORDS which focuses on walking (versus talking) people out of homosexuality. MORE THAN WORDS has been conducted across the United States among various denominations. This one or multi day conference addresses such topics as If a Friend Says "I'm gay", Debunking the "Gay Gene", "What's a Parent to Do?", Untwisting "Gay Theology", Counseling the Homosexual, Preventing Homosexuality, and A Biblical Bridge Out of Homosexuality. MORE THAN WORDS has gained international attention. Of note, a documentary film team from The Netherlands flew to the United States to videotape the conference and interview Wilkins; this documentary has been televised in The Netherlands."
You can find all of this information at the following link:
We hope and pray these resources will be of benefit to those who are trapped in the homosexual lifestyle.