What do we know about human sexuality?
--Gender was created by God, and He created male and female in his image.
--Sex was also created by God, for procreation and pleasure.
--While sex, like gender, is biological and physiological, “sexuality” involves moral choice.
--Biblically, “sexual expression” is to be limited to the boundaries and bonds of monogamous heterosexual marriage.
What do we know about sexual immorality?
--“Abstinence” is a culturally accepted way of warning people about STDs, but since Creation it’s been God’s standard for sex outside of marriage.
--Heterosexual immorality, homosexual immorality, or other forms of sexual immorality are all sin, thus indistinguishable morally in the eyes of God.
--Using the word “perversion” for sexual immorality is a biblical description.
--Historically, cultures that move toward acceptance of homosexuality eventually move toward acceptance of many forms of sexual deviance and immorality, including involving children, animals, etc.
What do we know about sexual labels?
--We should avoid using labels for people because they can imply the existence of unalterable conditions.
--No sin, other than the ultimate and final rejection of Christ, is an unpardonable sin or an unalterable condition.
--A gay person can by moral choice become an un-gay or straight person.
--Saying someone is “struggling with homosexuality” is better than saying someone is “gay,” “a homosexual,” “a lesbian,” for it acknowledges a person is not forever defined by his or her sexual activities.
--”Sexual Preference” may imply choice, but “Sexual Orientation” is a code word for the belief that sexuality is a biological imperative.
What are we learning about Christian responses to problems with human sexuality?
--Christians are commanded by God to avoid sexual immorality.
--There is no biblical defense for so-called “gay bashing” or other forms of hatefulness or bigotry.
--At times, Christians also struggle with homosexuality.
--Far more Christians, or the public generally, struggle with heterosexual immorality, so focusing upon homosexuality as worse than heterosexual immorality is socially if not morally unwise.
--Homosexuality is one of the more divisive and vitriolic issues of our times.
--Christians must learn better how to speak truth with love in terms of the moral category homosexuality, and, even more importantly, in terms of individuals practicing as LGBT.
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