by Rick White

A Christian Response to Homosexuality
Rick White
Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18-32

Introduction: While ministering in a church in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1976 I was one of two ministers that received an emergency call from a young woman late one Friday evening threatening to end her life in suicide. Her plea was heart breaking, saying that she was beyond help. As we pleaded with her by telephone to consider the hope and help that Jesus Christ offers to all of us, she ended the conversation abruptly , saying that if we really cared we would come to the club from where she was calling. It was nearly midnight when we arrived in the parking lot of the club Free Spirit. It was an old Episcopal church building, where at one time a community of faith had met for worship, study, and fellowship. When I walked inside I was not ready for what I saw and experienced. This former church building was now a club for gays and lesbians. What was taking place inside that former chruch building could only best be described in the words of the Apostle Paul: {26} For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, {27} and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. This was my first experience in ministry with people who were struggling with homosexuality.

Today we are going to talk about the very tough subject of homosexuality. I can almost assure you that we are all going to be pushed out of our comfort zones regardless of our positions. I am not so naïve as to think or believe that within the ranks or of our church that the practice of homosexual behavior is wide spread. However, neither am I so naïve as to think or believe that it does not exist, for that would basically be a denial of living in a fallen world. Certainly ...

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