This week, hundreds of Christians will be gathering in St. Louis, MO, to attend Revoice, a conference that exists to support, encourage, and empower LGBT+/SSA Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality. In recent weeks, Revoice has been met with both criticism and defense from influential Evangelical leaders.
Weighing in on the conversation, Bill Henson was interviewed by The Christian Post along with two other presenters.
Bill Henson’s portion of the interview is included below (read the full article here):
Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak
Bill Henson, founder of Lead Them Home, a group that helps train church leaders who minister to LGBT individuals, is one of the presenters at Revoice.
“My work seeks to lower trauma risks faced by many LGBT+ people, so it is an honor to be invited to present,” Henson explained to CP.
“Revoice is taking the lead in offering safe community and extending the family of God to individuals who can, at times, experience isolation and misunderstanding.”
Henson believes that a “gospel of exclusion has no power to reach already-banished people” and wants to have Revoice attendees understand that “Christians deeply care when LGBT+ people are mistreated.”
“My Posture Shift teaching seeks to increase family acceptance and enhance church inclusion in order to nourish faith identity in LGBT+ people. Posture Shift allows churches to honor God and radically love LGBT+ people,” he said.
When asked about the controversy over Revoice, Henson responded by quoting James 1:19, which calls for believers to “be quick to listen” and “slow to speak.”
“As church leaders, we want to strive to be Good Shepherds to a flock who can experience misunderstanding in their everyday lives,” he said.
“Revoice is a refuge to believers who have faithfully surrendered their sexuality to God. Let’s invite these brothers and sisters to our dinner tables. Let’s offer generous hospitality and genuine care.”
The Christian Post article also includes references to significant criticisms and defenses of Revoice, misconceptions and assumptions surrounding experiences of Christianity and sexuality, as well as discussions on the pros and cons of LGBT+ or SSA identity labels in Christian ontology.
Last month, Bill Henson wrote a personal response to Revoice cricitisms in our blog post, “About Those Revoice People” in which he poses the challenging question, “Do we really want to accuse already-repentant people?”
For more clarity on the posture and beliefs of Revoice organizers, you can access the following articles:
- “Statement of Belief and Intent” | Nate Collins, PhD | Founder & President of Revoice
- “Concerning Reports About Revoice” | Rev. Greg Johnson, PhD |Pastor of Revoice’s host church, Memorial Presbyterian Church
- “Why I Support the Revoice Conference” | Preston Sprinkle, PhD | President of The Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender; fellow Revoice presenter; and friend of Lead Them Home
Bill Henson’s workshop at Revoice is entitled, “Building Justice Bridges: How A Missiological Approach Shifts Our Posture and Reaches LGBT People.” Learn more about Lead Them Home’s approach to biblically sound LGBT+ inclusion and care at postureshift.com.