Love Letter to a Lesbian

Jesus Never Mentioned It

Homosexuality Was My Identity

Fulfilling Sexual Desires

Pastor With Same-Sex Attraction

How Can I Be Forgiven?

Dear member of the LGBT community,

I am not unaware that you consider your sexuality a big part of who you are. In fact, if you were to leave it behind and turn to Christ, you will likely lose friends who are very dear to you. But please consider this: What you do now has eternal consequences. You cannot hold onto your sin and simultaneously hold fast to Christ. There will come a point at which you must give an account for your actions, and unless you are found united to Christ, you will be cast into hell, far from the presence of God. And for all you know, the next time you set your head down on your pillow, it may not come back up. The Bible says, "It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgement" (Hebrews 9:27). Now is the time to make your peace with God, for you are not promised tomorrow.

Yet, I do not plead with you to repent simply for the sake of escaping judgment, but also because I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good! I have realized that all the former things which I thought defined me were not truly sufficient to satisfy my soul. Those things with which you identify are fleeting. They are like water vapor, here for a moment then gone. But in Christ, there is everlasting joy and pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). In him there is love that never ends, and life that never passes away. So I plead with you, leave your current ways of rebellion against your Creator, and find in him your true identity, as a bearer of his image and beloved son or daughter with whom he is well pleased.

Dear "Got Love?"/"Love is Love" Christian,

Do not think you are being loving by approving of the actions of your LGBT neighbors. God has made it clear in his word that homosexuality is contrary to sound doctrine (1 Timothy 1:10), and that those who practice it will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Their actions separate them from the love of God, and are you really so hateful that you refuse to tell them?

To those who believe that because Jesus said nothing about homosexuality explicitly, it is therefore permissible, I would say three things: First, Jesus is Yahweh. That is, He is the God of the Old Testament. Therefore, He is the one who said, in Leviticus, "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). Second, the gospels do record Jesus' definition of marriage: "A man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh" (Matthew 19:5). He makes it clear that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Some sort of covenantal union between two men or women is then outside of this definition, and therefore cannot be rightly called marriage. And, as he also makes clear, any sort of sexual relationship outside of marriage is sin. Third, Paul says of his own teaching, "For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12). Jesus is the one who revealed the doctrines taught by the authors of scripture. Therefore, the red letters are not the only words of Christ, but rather every letter in the entire canon of scripture.

Dear Bible-Wielding Christian,

To those who acknowledge that it is sin but refuse to speak out, I exhort you to speak. Do you not know that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)? This means that your neighbors who live a homosexual lifestyle will spend eternity separated from the presence of God, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. You may think it is unloving to speak against their lifestyle, but would you think the same of a man yelling, "Fire!" in a burning building? It is then loving, not unloving, to warn them of the danger of their unrepentance. This is because we do not share the gospel to condemn, but to warn that they already are condemned, and that God has provided a way out, through Christ Jesus. You are not in any way a good neighbor if you know where to find water and you let your friends pursue an oasis. So I beg you, please begin preaching the word of God to your LGBT friends.

To those who fall more in the camp of the sign-slashers, I exhort you to love your neighbors. Now, I get where you're coming from. It is upsetting to see your community approving of something that so offends God, especially when it's coming from supposed Christians. You probably see yourself as a Hezekiah smashing the bronze serpent, or a Josiah smashing idols, or even a Jesus clearing the temple. But that is not how others see you, and more importantly it is not how God sees you. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:4, "For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds." So the biblical way to fight this spiritual battle is not through destruction of property, but rather through the proclamation of the gospel, for, to reference the Apostle Paul again, "it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16). Therefore, I exhort you to put down the scissors, and take up "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17).