Preaching on Homosexuality: Taking the Road Less Traveled

I don’t know that I agree with everything in this article, but probably close to 90 percent. I like the fact that this is written by someone who deals with same-sex attractions himself. Really great article and one I wish more preachers would read. If the preacher in this article is your preacher, you might do well to forward it to him. Multiple times, if necessary.

(UPDATE:  I’ve read this article through several times and I correct myself; I agree with everything here, 100%.  I like the fact that this speaker, in love, picks Christians and some pastors up by the neck and lovingly lays it on the line so he cannot be misunderstood.  I’m sending this out today to my own pastor(s).)

A tease, then the link:

As you exegete Scripture, so must you exegete your listeners. What temptations are they fighting? Who appears to be in Bunyan’s “slough of despond?” Is it possible that the distance between your pulpit and your people is measured not in feet but light years?

You, no doubt, preach every week to persons with homosexual attractions. They are among your guests and yes, your members. Men and women, married and single, teenagers and senior adults. They are more inconspicuous than a chameleon in a sandstorm at midnight. But you need to know they are there. Though some are “satisfied” with their concealed homosexuality, many (I believe most) are not. They are not closeted in the sense they are secretly active – they are conflicted and deeply wounded. They want freedom from these incessant thoughts and they want a word from you that goes beyond condemnation.

R. Albert Mohler writes “…Homosexuals are waiting to see if the Christian church has anything more to say after we declare that homosexuality is a sin.” Evangelicals have unmistakably communicated the diagnosis, yet refuse helpful discussion because “it’s a dirty issue” – as if there are “clean sins.”

If a physician gave a patient a diagnosis without a treatment plan and prognosis, he or she would be a disservice to their profession. Does our following that same pattern make us guilty of ecclesiastical malpractice? Jay Kesler writes, “Preaching a sermon that is strong on information but weak on application is like shouting to a drowning man, ‘SWIM, SWIM’! The message is true, but it’s not helpful.”

Your listeners are like the son who snubbed his father’s advice for a college education, saying “I’ve got more information now than I know what to do with.” Homosexuals, like all hurting people, need more than information; they need compassion.

Find the whole article here.

~ by WriterRand on July 13, 2008.

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