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Mar 21, 2016 by Will Maule

Should Same-Sex Attracted People Serve In Ministry?

The debate over same-sex attracted people being in ministry has been ongoing for a long time now. But there are still some key things that we must keep in mind when looking at this issue. Namely, not to judge people. We are often quick to judge their sin and condemn, and we are just as quick to spout out Scripture (such as Genesis 2:23-25 or 1 Corinthians 6:9-11) to prove that they are “wrong” and we are “right.” Neither of these reactions, however, shows the love of the Gospel," writes Rachel Dawson at crosswalk.com.

“We must be courageous enough to stand on the Bible and advance sacrificial gospel love without fear, and without anger,” Dave Zuleger said in his recent article, “Does Same-Sex Attraction Disqualify Someone from Ministry?.” “This is not an us versus them issue, because there are people — God-fearing, Christ-exalting people — living with same-sex attraction in many of our churches,” Zuleger explains.

Zuleger gives us four key things to consider when thinking about same-sex attracted people serving in ministry. 

1. “Sin is serious and as a church we must take it seriously.”
"As with any other sin, if a ministry leader is actively acting in sin without repenting, that should be reason for concern and a prompting for serious conversation and personal reflection."

2. “None of these sins is elevated above the others.”
"This is a humbling fact for all of us to realize: we are all sinners, and no sin is greater than another."

3. “We need to distinguish between same-sex sexual activity (‘men who practice homosexuality’) and same-sex attraction.”
"Attraction is not automatically sin-- it’s when we decide to act upon it as sinful lust or sinful sexual activity that it becomes something God does not approve of."

4. “Paul makes it clear that there remains a place for people who experience same-sex attraction in the church.”
"The blood that Christ shed on the cross to save us covers us from all sin, even same-sex attraction or past same-sex sexual activity."

We must make sure we get our answers and methods from the Bible. Let’s not isolate or exclude out of an angry response to the cultural celebration of sin.

Read the full article here.



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