Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.
But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace, he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone (Titus 3:3-8).
Words matter don’t they, especially when it comes to such a tender and controversial topic as homosexuality in our day and age. Today we talk about how the church has responded to this issue. Unfortunately, we as the church have responded poorly. So, how do we reconcile the past? How do we move forward with the grace and truth that Jesus Christ has so freely given us?
On today’s podcast, we’ll discuss:
- How we are all on the same playing field when it comes to sexual sin and brokenness.
- How the church casts a false identity on our friends that struggle with SSA and homosexuality.
- Why this discussion, not a new discussion – it’s the same as the early church with the Romans and the Greeks. How does this mirror what we are facing now?
So, how do we communicate an ancient message in a very new way? How do we express God’s design for sex marriage and the family to our unbelieving family and friends? How do we do this with grace and truth when there is so much hostility around the topic itself?
Well, my encouragement is to spend time with the Lord, pray through this by reading scripture. Do you believe what God says about sex? Why or why not? What questions are you uncomfortable trying to answer?
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.