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Theology Is Important In LGBTQ Convo

 —  August 5, 2013 — 2 Comments

How we navigate this conversation will determine a lot in the future for the Church.  I would say this is a critical time and one that we must take very seriously.  Here are a few things I believe we must keep in mind as we converse with people about this subject:

  1. Make God’s transformation priority.  The only thing guilting or shaming people into conforming their behavior accomplishes is bitterness toward Jesus or us being attacked – or both.  In this conversation we have to embrace our theology at very practical levels.  Sanctification is God’s job (Philippians 1:6).  We cannot confuse God’s transformative work in a persons life with a person who conforms their behaviors so that they look like they’ve been transformed.
  2. Be careful to not judge non-Christians.  1 Corinthians 5:12 is very clear that it is not our place to judge people “outside” of the Church.  We cannot expect people who are not believers to act like believers.  Additionally, there are countless people within the Church that need to be walked with in this struggle and wrongly judging people severely hinders that.
  3. Truth is a Person.  In John 14:6 Jesus says that he is the truth.  In other words, truth is not morality nor is it simply doctrinal statements.  Truth is summed up in a Person and his name is Jesus.  That to say, as Christians, we proclaim truth (Jesus) to a lost world, not behavioral standards.  This line must be walked carefully.

Tomorrow I will post one more blog on this topic and then we will be on to the next…

Chuck Bomar

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Chuck Bomar planted and is Lead Pastor of Colossae Church in Portland, Oregon and is founder of both CollegeLeader (www.CollegeLeader.org) and iampeople (www.iampeople.org). He is author of 8 books, including the highly anticipated releases of Better Off Without Jesus and Losing Your Religion. When he is not traveling the country speaking at conferences or consulting with church or denominational leaders, he is home with his family, the place he loves to be more than any other. Chuck and his wife, Barbara, have three beautiful daughters: Karis, Hope and Sayla.

2 responses to Theology Is Important In LGBTQ Convo

  1. Sin is sin. We should not judge others no, but we arent to be tolerant. This post sounds very tolerant to me… We are still to separate and a holy people.

    • Chuck Bomar

      hey mark. thanks so much for your input here! can you clarify what you mean by “we are still to separate and a holy people” – I think I understand what you are trying to say, but just wanted to make sure I did before I respond. Also, what would you say we are NOT to be tolerant of? it’s likely we are on the same page here, but i just wanted to clarify that as well. looking forward to conversing about this. it’s such an important issue.

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