Are Christians Opposed To

Homosexuals Attending Church?

Christians have no problem with homosexuals attending church. They would welcome it. Jesus welcomed sinners and Christians would hope that a homosexual would hear the gospel and respond to the loving forgiveness of Jesus. It has to be admitted that some Christians might be uncomfortable with homosexuals in the congregation if it is new for them and they don’t quite know how to cope. It is not uncommon for Christians to resist anything that might disrupt their comfortable existence. That is not restricted to homosexuals. It might include youth who want to worship differently or whatever. Where that is the case, it becomes an opportunity for the church to mature. Hopefully there will be a willingness to consider how Jesus welcomes sinners, what the church really is and what its mission is, etc. It is possible too that some practising homosexuals might simply want to flaunt their sexuality or might be motivated to oppose the teaching and standards of the church. In those instances, the church might like to facilitate discussions but it will also have a concern to nurture other attenders in the meaning of the gospel and in godly living and not to unnecessarily confuse them by what they see and hear at church. Equally, if the homosexuals’ behaviour was likely to genuinely offend other attenders. If the motivation of the homosexuals is more political than worshipful, then a church is not compelled to accommodate that. But, excluding those anomalies, Christians welcome homosexuals attending church. Attending church is not limited to attending worship for one hour a week. Homosexuals should also be included in other aspects of the life of the church. It is in fellowship settings or small groups and so on that they will hopefully experience the love of the church members in ways not easy on Sunday morning. It would be a shockingly poor example if homosexuals were told they were welcomed but were, for all practical purposes, avoided or shunned. Again, Jesus must be our model.

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A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
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Are Christians

Opposed To

Homosexuals

Attending Church?

Christians have no problem with homosexuals attending church. They would welcome it. Jesus welcomed sinners and Christians would hope that a homosexual would hear the gospel and respond to the loving forgiveness of Jesus. It has to be admitted that some Christians might be uncomfortable with homosexuals in the congregation if it is new for them and they don’t quite know how to cope. It is not uncommon for Christians to resist anything that might disrupt their comfortable existence. That is not restricted to homosexuals. It might include youth who want to worship differently or whatever. Where that is the case, it becomes an opportunity for the church to mature. Hopefully there will be a willingness to consider how Jesus welcomes sinners, what the church really is and what its mission is, etc. It is possible too that some practising homosexuals might simply want to flaunt their sexuality or might be motivated to oppose the teaching and standards of the church. In those instances, the church might like to facilitate discussions but it will also have a concern to nurture other attenders in the meaning of the gospel and in godly living and not to unnecessarily confuse them by what they see and hear at church. Equally, if the homosexuals’ behaviour was likely to genuinely offend other attenders. If the motivation of the homosexuals is more political than worshipful, then a church is not compelled to accommodate that. But, excluding those anomalies, Christians welcome homosexuals attending church. Attending church is not limited to attending worship for one hour a week. Homosexuals should also be included in other aspects of the life of the church. It is in fellowship settings or small groups and so on that they will hopefully experience the love of the church members in ways not easy on Sunday morning. It would be a shockingly poor example if homosexuals were told they were welcomed but were, for all practical purposes, avoided or shunned. Again, Jesus must be our model.

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© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality
Truth In Love
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