The Church, Homosexuality, And Ministering

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The Church, Homosexuality, and Ministering to the LGBT Community
As a follower of Christ, there are many issues and injustices that exist in the world today that cause righteous indignation to rise up within me and permeate the chambers of my heart. There’s something about bearing witness to the wrongful treatment of those who cannot (or feel as if they cannot) speak for themselves and who need the love of Jesus the most. As a follower of Christ, and member of the Church, I feel it is our responsibility to minister to those who seek refuge, hope, and love among the brokenness and painful realities of a fallen world. One group of people I have a personal conviction for ministering to is the LGBT community. As Believers, the Church should
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It would be irresponsible and untrue to claim that all churches have denied ministry to those with same gender attraction, but it does seem that many churches have abstained or rejected ministering to the LGBT community for different reasons. One reason is the approach by way of judgment or condemnation from those within the Church. In her book, Boynes explains, “in general, there are two wrong approaches the Church has taken toward those living a homosexual lifestyle. Some have judged and condemned the homosexual, usually in a spirit not motivated by love. Others have openly accepted the lifestyle and welcomed homosexuals into the pulpit. Both responses are ditches on the road to truth and will diminish the Church’s fulfillment of its calling.” An online article entitled, “What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?” attempts to explain some of the reasons for the Church’s condemnation: “Prejudices, fears and misconceptions about homosexuality are deeply rooted in our culture. The subject evokes strong emotions, which may hinder understanding it from a Biblical perspective. Many common beliefs and attitudes about homosexuality actually have their origins in our cultural traditions rather than in the Bible.”
If one of the reasons the Church isn’t ministering to those in the LGBT community is because of prejudices and

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