Undivided – Some links on the question of sexuality and same sex attraction (Responding to Vicky Beeching part 3

In response to Vicky Beeching’s book “Undivided: Coming Out, Being Whole and Living free from shame”, here are some resources that I hope will be helpful for anyone trying to work through the question of sexuality, specifically in relation to same-sex attraction.

The subject is controversial because the church and the Bible are standing at odds with the views of wider culture. Christians are regarded as bigoted and intolerant because they insist that marriage is intended to be between one man and one woman. Now, here are some Christians saying that it is possible to reconcile faith in God with our culture.  

It is also emotive. I realise that some readers may have found their way here because you are yourself wrestling with the issue. This is not mere intellectual theory, you don’t want answers so that you can defend a position. You want to know what God has to say to you personally. Can you find love and acceptance by God or is being gay a block to this?

I hope that you will find the following links helpful

First of all, here’s an e-book I wrote a little while back which will take you through what the Bible teaches about same-sex relationships. In it I respond extensively to the kinds of arguments that Vicky has raised in her book. The most important thing is that we hear what God has to say. I agree with Vicky that wrong theology is dangerous. Our biggest need is to hear God’s Word, even and especially when it disagrees with us.

Secondly here are some links to other occasional articles I’ve written on the subject https://faithroots.net/tag/same-sex-attraction/.  I would particularly encourage you to have  a look at https://faithroots.net/2017/07/27/why-gods-grace-is-always-more-loving-than-our-attempts-at-mercy-another-reminder/ and https://faithroots.net/2017/09/09/the-killing-of-friendship/

Thirdly, if you are wrestling with questions about your own identity, especially in relation to same sex attraction, two really helpful and loving organisations you can get in touch with are http://www.livingout.org/ and http://truefreedomtrust.co.uk/

Finally, a great concern I have is to see people living free from shame. This means that first of all our guilt needs to be dealt with. I believe in the one who at Calvary removed our guilt and covered our shame.  You can read more about this here: https://faithroots.net/tag/shame/. I suggest you starty with https://faithroots.net/2016/04/10/the-truth-about-cats-and-dogs/ 

 

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