Loving LGBT+ People in the Church

Our Beliefs

We believe in…

  • One true Almighty God, the Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — full of love, mercy, justice and glory.
  • The divine inspiration, trustworthiness and authority of the Bible.
  • The dignity and value of all people on earth created in God’s image to live in love and holiness, but separated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt, and rightly subject to God’s wrath.
  • Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine, who alone lived a perfect life, who assumed the penalty due sinners by dying in our place on the Cross, and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended to Heaven as Savior and Lord.
  • Justification by God’s grace to all who repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
  • The indwelling presence and transforming power of God’s Holy Spirit, who gives to all believers a new life and calls all believers to follow the ways of Jesus, surrendering our own will to be obedient in service while filled with the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit.
  • The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ, exemplified in worshipping and witnessing churches making disciples throughout the world in accordance with Christ’s Great Commission.
  • The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ, who will judge all people with justice and mercy, giving over the unrepentant to eternal separation from God but receiving the redeemed into the eternal loving presence of God our Father in Heaven.

In addition to these core theological convictions, we are also convicted that the application of absolute truth regarding sexual teachings of the scripture must also apply to non-sexual teachings of the scripture. Thus, while we are convicted to believe that the Holy Scriptures forbid same-sex relationships, we equally believe that the Holy Scriptures forbid any form of judgment or intolerance of the people who are in same-sex relationships.

Further, if those in such relationships are often viewed as having a “blind spot” in not seeing how clearly the scriptures forbid such relationships, then we too must recognize that we likely have “blind spots” that keep us from seeing how we violate the scriptures’ teachings against judging others. We believe in theological truth that levels the playing field at the foot of the Cross.

There are none righteous: no, not one. We all fall short and are in need of His grace not only for the sins of our past but the sins we struggle with today and the sins we do not see. The Gospel is about what God has done for people like us — mere sinners. Thus, it is impossible to predetermine the eternal destination of those who sin in ways we do not. Our Savior is also Lord and He will not be mocked.

We come to Him humbly because of our own sins; thus, we gladly extend Him to all others regardless of their particular sins.

4 Comments

  1. Barbara WinklerBarbara Winkler
    May 28, 2016    

    Thank you for your ministry.

    • Bill HensonBill Henson
      June 30, 2016    

      Thank you for your kind words Barbara!

  2. Bo ParkerBo Parker
    June 24, 2016    

    I have a question about the statement “the Holy Scriptures forbid any form of judgment or intolerance of the people who are in same-sex relationships.” How do you understand 1 Cor 5 and its application to Christians in same sex relationships in a church? Is Paul practicing a form of judgment or intolerance of the man who has his father’s wife?

    • Bill HensonBill Henson
      June 30, 2016    

      I have a question about your question: how do you understand John 8:1-11 when Jesus stood in the path of Pharisees who were ready to throw rocks at the woman caught in adultery? Is Jesus practicing a form of compromise or condoning sin? Neither do I. Lead Them Home has clearly stated a biblical position on marriage and sexuality. The next question is this: what posture will we present to LGBT+ people? Will our posture follow Christ – or the Pharisees? We seek to fully honor God; and love ALL people the way Jesus loves.

      This does not mean church discipline is disregarded. What Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 5 is very important. It likely has more to say in our world today about the widespread pornography epidemic in the evangelical church. Some say, “Yes, but this sin is private. It is not visible.” Others say: “Yes, but this is a common sin – it’s every man’s battle.” We so easily give ourselves a license to continue to sin, while being very ready to discipline others who sin in ways we do not. “Big T” truth-teacher Paul confronts this uneven playing field in Romans 2:1-4. That passage is worth a read: it is powerfully convicting.

      Individual pornography use is indeed not visible. Pandemic pornography use by born-again believers throughout the church, however, is VERY visible in the lack of anointing upon the church and the lack of freedom experienced by Christians. We as a faith community often tell LGBT+ people that they can have freedom in Christ. We better start living out that freedom ourselves. If majority sinners will not give their sexuality to God, we really do not offer much of a model for others to follow.

      We invite you to continue this conversation at info@leadthemhome.org.

      Thank you for your comment.