Once more this dialogue rears its ugly head, along with more Compass( I can’t find any sign of this now but this was an organisation in the Diocese of Wollongong for the reprogramming of Gay Priests) type of Cure incidents; resulting in incidents of lesbians and gays who have now committed themselves to heterosexual marriage and are repudiating most of what Medical Science and Psychology has determined in the past 20 years. I had expected it after the “Marriage Act” was passed in the USA. I have had numerous emails from online groups of Fundamental Christians seething with hatred for their LGBTQI brothers and sisters in Christ. My wife, born Intersexed and almost an hermaphrodite was named the Devil’s Advocate in Church by her Parish Priest in the early 1960s. As mainline Christians the Church has not moved far from its narrow minded deliberate misinterpretation of Scripture to suite its own ends.
My wife has also said that if such as these are disciples of the Living God and of His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, then she does not want to know a god who encourages his disciples to treat 40% of the world’s population as intrinsically evil. To malign them, bash them, threaten them with hell fire and to deny them the Sacraments that grant life.
The three articles presented in this series are not so rabidly awful but do come to the same conclusion that same sex consummated relationships are against the law of God, that it is a choice which we make and can unmake.
There is a growing discussion among those who agree that the Bible forbids homosexual practice about whether same-sex at- traction itself is sinful. The issue requires careful thought, not least of all in defining our terms. What do we mean by words like orientation, attraction, anddesire? What do others mean when they use these words? What does the Bible say, if anything, about what they should mean? While much of the underlying exegetical and theological work has a long history, the question itself is very new. It has come to special prominence as more and more Christians who experience same-sex attraction are, in a powerful picture of God’s grace, choosing to live celibate lives rather than violate the clear teaching of Scripture.
More work needs to be done to help Christians think through the issue of same-sex attraction in a way that is bibli- cally faithful, pastorally sensitive, and culturally conversant. I confess that I don’t have all the answers, nor am I even sure of all the questions. But perhaps these building blocks—using the three categories I just mentioned—might help lay a good foundation for further reflection and application.