In my post Faith and Sexuality, I briefly referenced pro-gay theology. If you have been following my journey for some time, you know that early in my Christian experience I identified myself as a “gay Christian.” I was inclined to believe that one’s faith and sexual identity could peacefully co-exist. Over the course of time, I was challenged to examine my worldview, beliefs, and theology and see how they aligned with the Bible.
For a long period of time, the label of “gay and celibate” or “gay Christian” best fit me. I still identified myself as a gay woman and equally saw myself as a Christ follower. I think my own personal conflict reflects the clash between members of the traditional Christian faith community and those who adhere to pro-gay theology or who abandon their faith altogether. On one side are those who believe that the Bible is absolute truth and mandates that we live in submission to it in every aspect of our lives. On the other side are people who value their faith in Jesus, but struggle with the final authority of the Bible. This is especially true when it comes to the subject of sexuality and gender identity.
The gay rights movement is pushing the Western world to redefine marriage, family, and gender. Because of this, I believe that every follower of Christ should become educated on topics of sexuality, gender, and marriage and form a Biblical stance.
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, “Over the past two decades, several religious groups also have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions. Overall, a solid majority of white mainline Protestants (62%) now favor allowing gays and lesbians to wed, with just 33% opposed. A similar share (63%) say there is “no conflict” between their religious beliefs and homosexuality.”
In addition, Matthew Vines and other pro-gay revisionists have founded The Reformation Project (TRP). The TRP states that their mission and strategy is as follows: “The Reformation Project is a Bible-based, Christian direct action organization that works to promote inclusion of LGBT people by reforming church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. Our vision is of a global church that fully affirms LGBT people.” This aligns with the primary aim of pro-gay theologians since the late 1960s to redefine the traditional Christian stance on homosexuality and gender identity as being God-ordained and morally permissible. Gay Christians seek not just tolerance but rather acceptance and full inclusion in every aspect of church life.
Well known pro-gay theologian and gay Christian activist Mel White gives us a bird’s eye view into this line of thinking: “I have learned to accept and even celebrate my sexual orientation as another of God’s good gifts.” Herein lies the conflict: Are same-sex attractions, relationships, and marriage God’s good gifts, or are they sinful in nature?
I invite you to join me over the next few weeks as we explore the differences between traditional Biblical sexual ethics and pro-gay theology.
Your comments and questions are welcomed. Thanks for following my journey!