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1 Getting Started 1.1 Preface 1.2 Table of Contents 1.2 Introduction 1.3 What Is The Bible’s Main Message To Homosexuals? 1.4 What Is The Bible’s Main Message To Those Who Oppose Homosexuality? 1.5 How Do We Know What is True? 2 The Bible And Homosexuality? 2.1 The Bible passages 2.1.1 Passages That Speak Directly About Homosexual Practice 2.1.1.1 Genesis 19:1-11 2.1.1.2 Leviticus 18:22 2.1.1.3 Leviticus 20:13 2.1.1.4 Judges 19:22-23 2.1.1.5 Romans 1:18-32 2.1.1.6 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 2.1.1.7 1 Timothy 1:8-11 2.1.2 Less Obvious References To Homosexual Practice 2.1.2.1 Deuteronomy 23:17-18 2.1.2.2 Jude 7 2.1.2.3 Revelation 21:7-8 2.1.2.4 Revelation 22:14-15 2.1.3 Other relevant Bible passages? 2.1.3.1 There Are Too Many Passages To List 2.1.3.2 Creation (and the New Testament references to it) 2.1.3.3 The porneia passages 2.1.4 Did Jesus speak about homosexual practice? 2.1.5 What Bible passages are supportive of homosexual practice? 2.2 Interpreting The Passages 2.2.1 Have These Passages Been Misinterpreted? 2.2.2 Understanding Genesis 19:1-11 (Sodom) 2.2.3 Understanding Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 2.2.4 Understanding Deuteronomy 23:17-18 2.2.5 Have the New Testament words been mistranslated? 2.2.6 Understanding Romans 1:18-32 2.2.7 Understanding 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 2.2.8 Understanding 1 Timothy 1:8-11 2.3 “Biblical” arguments for homosexuality 2.3.1 Paul could have used other words 2.3.2 Biblical examples of homosexual relationships 2.3.3 Love takes precedence 2.3.2 Jesus would approve two people loving each other 2.3.3 This is a justice issue 2.3.4 Jesus said we are not to judge others 2.4 Other (Non-biblical) Objections 2.4.1 It is not hurting anybody. 2.4.2 Homosexuals are born that way 2.4.3 Some animals are homosexual. It must be natural. 2.4.4 Homosexuals are good people 2.4.5 Loving relationships cannot be wrong 2.4.6 You will be on the wrong side of history 2.4.7 Society Has Changed. The Church Is Out-of-touch. 2.4.8 The Church Has Changed Its Mind On Other Issues 2.4.9 Get to know homosexuals. You will change your mind. 2.5 Biblical Conclusions 2.5.1 Three confused conclusions 2.5.2 Taking the biblical teaching seriously 2.6 What Are We Talking About? Let’s Be Clear 2.6.1 We are talking about actions not inclinations 2.6.2 When we say “homosexual”… 2.6.3 In a church, practising homosexuals cannot do what? 2.6.4 Doing versus promoting 3 The Gospel And Homosexuality 3.1 Will Practising Homosexuals Go To Hell? 3.2 But all Christians sin 3.3 What Hope Is There For Homosexuals? 3.3.1 Can Practising Homosexuals Be Saved? 3.3.2 Can Homosexuals Have Victory Over Their Sin? 3.3.3 Can homosexuals be set free from their same-sex desires? 3.4 The Gospel Requires Repentance 3.5 The Good News Of Repentance 3.6 The Gospel Provides An Escape From The Power Of Sin 3.7 The Gospel Requires Obedience 3.8 Salvation And Sin Are Incompatible 3.9 Holiness 3.10 Why do people make bad choices? 4 The church and homosexuals 4.1 Homosexuals have been persecuted 4.2 Speaking the truth in love 4.3 Love 4.3.1 The central importance of love 4.3.2 Defining Love 4.3.3 We are called to love whom? 4.4.4 How did Jesus respond to sinners? 4.4.5 Did Jesus accept everybody? 4.5.6 Jesus, the friend of sinners 4.4 The mission of the church 4.4.1 What is the mission of the church? 4.4.2 Share the Life-giving Gospel 4.4.3 Effective evangelism 4.5 Judging others 4.5.1 Judging 4.5.2 Christians seem to enjoy condemning others 4.6 The church and those who claim to be Christians 4.6.1 Is there any such thing as a “gay Christian” 4.6.2 Judging those who claim to be Christians 4.6.3 Options for same-sex attracted Christians 4.6.4 Are Christians opposed to homosexuals attending church? 4.6.5 Can homosexuals be church members? 4.6.6 Why should practising homosexuals not be church leaders? 4.6.7 Objections: Christians never fully accept homosexuals 4.7 How should the church respond to those who promote homosexuality? 4.7.1 Are Christians who promote homosexuality false teachers? 4.7.2 Are Christians called to love and respect false teachers? 4.7.3 What does the Bible say about false teachers? 4.7.4 How is the church to respond to false teachers? 4.7.5 Conclusions about false teachers 4.8 The church and society 4.8.1 The church has always been counter-cultural 4.8.2 Christians cannot impose their beliefs on others 4.8.3 The church and hatred 4.8.3.1 Homophobia and hate-speech 4.8.3.2 The Christian response is very hurtful to homosexuals 4.8.3.3 The church has blood on its hands 4.8.4 Speaking the truth requires courage and grace 4.9 The Division Within The Church 4.9.1 The Division In The Church Is Hugely Destructive 4.9.2 What Is The Solution? 4.9.3 Must there be winners and losers? 4.9.4 The Impact Of Liberal Decisions 5 Further questions 5.1 Is This Really A Major Issue? 5.1.1 There are so few passages about homosexuality (it is argued) 5.1.2 Is Homosexuality Worse Than Heterosexuality? 5.1.3 This is a life and death issue. 5.1.4 Why has the church made a campaign of this issue? 5.2 Same-Sex “Marriage” 5.2.1 The ethics of same sex “marriage” 5.2.2 Objection: Heterosexual monogamy is not the biblical model 6 Resources 6.1 Bibliography 6.2 Videography 6.3 Websites/pages
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1 Getting Started 1.1 Preface 1.2 Table of Contents 1.2 Introduction 1.3 What Is The Bible’s Main Message To Homosexuals? 1.4 What Is The Bible’s Main Message To Those Who Oppose Homosexuality? 1.5 How Do We Know What is True? 2 The Bible And Homosexuality? 2.1 The Bible passages 2.1.1 Passages That Speak Directly About Homosexual Practice 2.1.1.1 Genesis 19:1-11 2.1.1.2 Leviticus 18:22 2.1.1.3 Leviticus 20:13 2.1.1.4 Judges 19:22-23 2.1.1.5 Romans 1:18-32 2.1.1.6 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 2.1.1.7 1 Timothy 1:8-11 2.1.2 Less Obvious References To Homosexual Practice 2.1.2.1 Deuteronomy 23:17-18 2.1.2.2 Jude 7 2.1.2.3 Revelation 21:7-8 2.1.2.4 Revelation 22:14-15 2.1.3 Other relevant Bible passages? 2.1.3.1 There Are Too Many Passages To List 2.1.3.2 Creation (and the New Testament references to it) 2.1.3.3 The porneia passages 2.1.4 Did Jesus speak about homosexual practice? 2.1.5 What Bible passages are supportive of homosexual practice? 2.2 Interpreting The Passages 2.2.1 Have These Passages Been Misinterpreted? 2.2.2 Understanding Genesis 19:1-11 (Sodom) 2.2.3 Understanding Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 2.2.4 Understanding Deuteronomy 23:17-18 2.2.5 Have the New Testament words been mistranslated? 2.2.6 Understanding Romans 1:18-32 2.2.7 Understanding 1 Corinthians 6:9- 11 2.2.8 Understanding 1 Timothy 1:8-11 2.3 “Biblical” arguments for homosexuality 2.3.1 Paul could have used other words 2.3.2 Biblical examples of homosexual relationships 2.3.3 Love takes precedence 2.3.2 Jesus would approve two people loving each other 2.3.3 This is a justice issue 2.3.4 Jesus said we are not to judge others 2.4 Other (Non-biblical) Objections 2.4.1 It is not hurting anybody. 2.4.2 Homosexuals are born that way 2.4.3 Some animals are homosexual. It must be natural. 2.4.4 Homosexuals are good people 2.4.5 Loving relationships cannot be wrong 2.4.6 You will be on the wrong side of history 2.4.7 Society Has Changed. The Church Is Out-of-touch. 2.4.8 The Church Has Changed Its Mind On Other Issues 2.4.9 Get to know homosexuals. You will change your mind. 2.5 Biblical Conclusions 2.5.1 Three confused conclusions 2.5.2 Taking the biblical teaching seriously 2.6 What Are We Talking About? Let’s Be Clear 2.6.1 We are talking about actions not inclinations 2.6.2 When we say “homosexual”… 2.6.3 In a church, practising homosexuals cannot do what? 2.6.4 Doing versus promoting 3 The Gospel And Homosexuality 3.1 Will Practising Homosexuals Go To Hell? 3.2 But all Christians sin 3.3 What Hope Is There For Homosexuals? 3.3.1 Can Practising Homosexuals Be Saved? 3.3.2 Can Homosexuals Have Victory Over Their Sin? 3.3.3 Can homosexuals be set free from their same-sex desires? 3.4 The Gospel Requires Repentance 3.5 The Good News Of Repentance 3.6 The Gospel Provides An Escape From The Power Of Sin 3.7 The Gospel Requires Obedience 3.8 Salvation And Sin Are Incompatible 3.9 Holiness 3.10 Why do people make bad choices? 4 The church and homosexuals 4.1 Homosexuals have been persecuted 4.2 Speaking the truth in love 4.3 Love 4.3.1 The central importance of love 4.3.2 Defining Love 4.3.3 We are called to love whom? 4.4.4 How did Jesus respond to sinners? 4.4.5 Did Jesus accept everybody? 4.5.6 Jesus, the friend of sinners 4.4 The mission of the church 4.4.1 What is the mission of the church? 4.4.2 Share the Life-giving Gospel 4.4.3 Effective evangelism 4.5 Judging others 4.5.1 Judging 4.5.2 Christians seem to enjoy condemning others 4.6 The church and those who claim to be Christians 4.6.1 Is there any such thing as a “gay Christian” 4.6.2 Judging those who claim to be Christians 4.6.3 Options for same-sex attracted Christians 4.6.4 Are Christians opposed to homosexuals attending church? 4.6.5 Can homosexuals be church members? 4.6.6 Why should practising homosexuals not be church leaders? 4.6.7 Objections: Christians never fully accept homosexuals 4.7 How should the church respond to those who promote homosexuality? 4.7.1 Are Christians who promote homosexuality false teachers? 4.7.2 Are Christians called to love and respect false teachers? 4.7.3 What does the Bible say about false teachers? 4.7.4 How is the church to respond to false teachers? 4.7.5 Conclusions about false teachers 4.8 The church and society 4.8.1 The church has always been counter-cultural 4.8.2 Christians cannot impose their beliefs on others 4.8.3 The church and hatred 4.8.3.1 Homophobia and hate- speech 4.8.3.2 The Christian response is very hurtful to homosexuals 4.8.3.3 The church has blood on its hands 4.8.4 Speaking the truth requires courage and grace 4.9 The Division Within The Church 4.9.1 The Division In The Church Is Hugely Destructive 4.9.2 What Is The Solution? 4.9.3 Must there be winners and losers? 4.9.4 The Impact Of Liberal Decisions 5 Further questions 5.1 Is This Really A Major Issue? 5.1.1 There are so few passages about homosexuality (it is argued) 5.1.2 Is Homosexuality Worse Than Heterosexuality? 5.1.3 This is a life and death issue. 5.1.4 Why has the church made a campaign of this issue? 5.2 Same-Sex “Marriage” 5.2.1 The ethics of same sex “marriage” 5.2.2 Objection: Heterosexual monogamy is not the biblical model 6 Resources 6.1 Bibliography 6.2 Videography 6.3 Websites/pages
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