I know that this post is going to be old news to many of you, but to many of my church friends who are reading my blog for the first time this may be a surprise to you. This may even be a shock to you because I am a gay Christian. No, I do not outwardly flaunt my sexuality with a bunch of rainbow flags on my car and wheelchair, and I do not talk with a high voice and prance around like many feminine gay men do (and for those of you that do I am not saying to you that there is anything wrong with that).
But ever since I was able to come to terms with my faith, the way my father raised me, and my sexuality, I have been a very proud and openly gay Christian to anyone who bothered to ask me what my beliefs or my sexual preferences were. I personally just do not believe that anyone needs to “come out” to the world in order to feel fulfilled or accepted, and that also doesn’t mean they are hiding. But we will talk about that in another post, lol.
I really wanted to talk too everyone about the subject of Christianity and homosexuality and whether or not people who are gay can or can not be saved. Personally, I believe that Jesus does save gay people just the same as He will save heterosexual people.
Now most Christians will bring up the scripture Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22, ESV)”. I will even admit that in my youth; when I was hiding my sexuality and was a young, evangelical, youth minister; I was made to stand on many stages and was given that very scripture to preach about by my pastors. Now I would go ahead and preach with all my vigor that anyone who was gay was going to go to hell, because that is what I had been told by those above me. Unfortunately, for myself and for any other hiding or outwardly gay person in the crowd my words were taking us apart on the inside. Even though I had total faith in everything else in the Bible and completely accepted Jesus into my heart, because I loved a man instead of a woman then I was damned to go to hell according to every Christian I had ever heard from up until I started to read the Bible for myself.
All my life I had been told that my God is a loving and caring God. He sent His Son to forgive us and to make a way for everyone to be saved and go to heaven. This is what I had been taught to believe from the time I was a little child. I had asked Jesus for years to let me be attracted to women and I never received any answer. I never received that healing. I know that I had been taught that God never makes mistakes, and that He is a perfect God, so I decided to start reading the Bible on my own in order to get an answer on whether this is what Jesus really teaches or not and whether Jesus accepts or condemns homosexuals.
After reading the Bible several times over and reading several scriptures that did talk about not sleeping with other men, I came across a piece of scripture that most Christians cling to for themselves, but seems to not apply it for anyone outside of what they consider acceptable. The location of the scripture that I found was at Acts 15:1-12.
Acts 15:1-12 – 1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. 3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. 4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. 5 But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.” 6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. 7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. 10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” 12 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. (Acts 15:1-12, ESV).”
When I read this passage, I am so encouraged as a gay man who is not, and I repeat not, living in sexually immorality to believe that my Savior will accept me into Heaven one day. I can believe this, because this scripture clearly shows that even though the Gentiles, who were not circumcised, were accepted, saved, and baptized with the Holy Ghost. So, even because these Gentiles were living in sin and against the old religion, Jesus chose to accept them and baptize them because they believed in Him through FAITH. Faith in Jesus and the acceptance of Him as your Savior is the only requirements to salvation, and that is according to our Savior Jesus Christ.
Now if Jesus was willing to overlook one of the old laws such as circumcision, and over look other old laws such as eating of pork and working on the sabbath such as Jesus did in, Matthew 12:11-12, “He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath,” and Mark 7:14-19; “Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, ‘Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can make him unclean by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean.’ After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. ‘Are you so dull?’ he asked. ‘Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him `unclean’? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body, ” then why would He not accept people from a culture that still completely has faith in Him?
Now I also completely do agree that many gay and homosexual individuals lead a very sexually immoral life. I totally am in opposition to this lifestyle. This is my personal belief and my personal faith over years of study, and what I have come to believe it’s that sexual immorality just as in heterosexual as well as is homosexual lifestyles is wrong and an abomination. The thing is that sexual immorality to me is defined as people that are committing adultery, fornication or sleeping with multiple partners at the same time, and incest. I do not consider the fact that just because my chemicals make-up had made me attracted to makes in anyway sexually immoral. This i cannot control, and I tried for many years of praying which was never answered.
So according to my faith, my personal walk with Jesus, and from what I have read in Acts 15; I believe that Jesus will accept gay people into the kingdom of heaven as long as they are living a sexually healthy lifestyle. This has a bigger meaning and should be used for any culture that the apostles came across in their ministries that did not follow all of the old customs that have much bearing on their daily faith. But my faith goes on to say the same judgement lies for the heterosexual or straight sect of the church. You are saved by Faith in Jesus and not because you are sleeping with a woman, but if you are sleeping with a woman and you are cheating on your wife and committing adultery, fornicating with multiple women, committing incest, etc. Then you will be just as likely to be turned away from salvation as any gay man or woman.
So now I challenge you too read Acts 15:1-12, and then think about what you feel Luke is meaning in regard to to other cultures outside of just Gentiles that don’t circumcise such as cultures that believe in homosexuality.
So respond and let’s have a reasonable and calm discussion. Remember this is a safe place where people are free to explain and explore their own ideas, faith, and get information. Let’s not attack anyone but explain ourselves instead of judging and criticizing each other. Remember that your personal walk and relationship with Jesus Christ is YOURS and YOURS alone. No one can tell you what is right or wrong about your faith except for the Holy Spirit Himself.