Ex-lesbian: church should teach more on homosexuality

Janet Boynes, a Minneapolis based speaker and minister, wrote in an Charisma Magazine opinion piece that the church shouldn’t shy away from teaching on homosexuality. Citing the lack of unity, Boynes says it causes “us” to lose ground on gay marriage.

There is strength in numbers, but in the past election the numbers weren’t on the side of those who care about Christian values. The lack of unity in the church has caused us to lose ground in the fight to keep the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

As a person who lived a homosexual life for many years before being freed by the power of Christ, I now have the privilege of helping those who struggle with same-sex attraction. I have received countless emails and calls from men and women who are battling this issue, as well as from families who feel hopeless because a child or loved one has decided to live a homosexual life. Many of those who have contacted me are couples whose marriages are falling apart and who desperately need support from their local churches.

I must confess that I am more than a little perplexed about how we are facing the sin of homosexuality in our churches. I find that many pastors will not speak about this topic from their pulpits because they are more concerned about some leaving their churches and their numbers going down than they are with meeting the needs of their congregations and their communities.

But when we stand before God, He will not ask us how many attended our Sunday mornings services, how many books and ministry “resources” we sold, or how many speaking engagement we booked in our lifetime. Instead, we will answer for the souls saved and the lives changed because of the ministry He commissioned us to perform. In eternity, that will be all that matters.

Boynes is right but I would extend the issue to more than just gay marriage. The support and open alliance of the church with former homosexuals is a critical and strategic element in future victories. Putting the focus on an issue (although important) can produce too many variances that we may never unite behind. But the freedom of people who have been bound by sin is a universal biblical truth. In fact, it is the sum of Jesus’ mission. Reference Isaiah 61:1-3.

Additionally, churches should institute discipleship groups and programs (like they do with other people groups in the church that come from high risk sin issues) for individuals who are struggling to overcome homosexuality. The failure to do so means more spiritual recidivism.

The exploitation of disunity has allowed the enemy to have some success in its two pronged attack against the church.  He has planted false brethren and hirelings inside to destroy, divide and subvert. Secondly, he’s emboldened sinners outside to intimidate the church through the legal and political system.

But the question is who should the church fear more? Or better yet, why should the church fear at all?

In charging his disciples as he sent them out, Jesus said in Matthew  10:28  “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

There is to be no fear of those who breathe threats against us. Whether they threaten to take possessions, wealth or even our lives, we should be willing to give up any and all to stand with God’s truth.

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