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The spiritual abuse in InterVarsity’s treatment of LGBT people

Students pray during an InterVarsity gathering at Roanoke College in Salem, Va.

(RNS) In late January 2015, I found myself sitting across the table from a couple of my supervisors on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

The meeting was perhaps one of the most difficult and shame-filled meetings of my career. I had called it to inform my supervisors that I had just been raped by a man in a gym locker room a few days prior.

One of them tried her best to handle a situation that was foreign to her. The other asked if I had gone looking for it. He wanted to know if, in my “struggle” with my homosexuality, I was looking to express my inherent sin, my distorted self.

I was used to this kind of rhetoric.

From being told I had an idolatry issue when I confessed having a crush on a man in our leadership team to being encouraged to watch heterosexual pornography as an attempt to change my sexual orientation, InterVarsity staff viewed me as sexually suspect and in constant need for repair.

In 2014, the California State University system put InterVarsity on probation for a year for violating its nondiscrimination policies. This was a critical juncture for the campus ministry.

For many within the movement it was considered a season of persecution and trial. Emails flooded the inboxes of InterVarsity donors with calls for prayer and financial support. The probation was seen as a battle for the integrity of the Bible and certain key passages surrounding human sexuality.

The ministry refused, and continues to refuse, to allow a student on its leadership team to be in a dating relationship with someone of the same gender. This practice is tied directly to the ministry’s theological paper on human sexuality, which forbids same-sex relations.

The theological paper, the outcome of a four-year internal review of what the Bible teaches about human sexuality,  states: “… Scripture is very clear that God’s intention for sexual expression is to be between a husband and wife in marriage. Every other sexual practice is outside of God’s plan and therefore is a distortion of God’s loving design for humanity.”

“Distortion” is the word the straight white men who authored the paper used to describe LGBT individuals who pursue relationships with someone of the same gender.

Imagine a college freshman struggling with reconciling his faith with his sexuality, hearing that he is inherently a distortion.

Imagine a college senior passionate about her faith and eager to pursue a career in ministry but also hoping to marry someone of the same gender, being told that she is barred from ministry because she is a distortion.

The impact of this position paper on campuses across the country is momentous.

Although the theological paper states that “all are created in God’s image” (referencing Genesis 1:26), it dehumanizes and further marginalizes LGBT students and staff by not only using terms like “distortion” but by also listing same-sex relationships next to sexual abuse as another example of a deformed human sexuality.

During my tenure on staff with InterVarsity, I came to a critical juncture where I recognized that I, as a gay Christian, had nothing legitimate to offer LGBT students on campus.

I could not honestly share with them the love of God and the good news of Jesus, while refusing to ascribe to them the inherent dignity with which God had created them — a dignity I myself was wrestling to acknowledge. Interactions with LGBT students caused a painful and visceral feeling in me. I could only serve and love them so much.

Ultimately, to great personal shame, I refused to invite LGBT students to InterVarsity out of a desire to protect them. The sanctuary was not safe for them.

This is the new reality for ministry on campus.

In light of InterVarsity’s theological statement, students now have fewer spaces on campus that will dignify them on their journey to encounter the risen Christ. LGBT students and staff have already experienced spiritual abuse and trauma. Many have reported significant mental health issues as a result of their time in the ministry; some have contemplated suicide.

Colleges and universities across the country will likely see this as a sign of further discrimination, reaching far beyond the limits of student leadership teams. Meanwhile, countless evangelicals will likely cry out and point to renewed persecution of the church.

Universities denying campus access to ministries with explicit statements against LGBT individuals, particularly those who chose to marry, will be perceived by much of the evangelical world with contempt and condemnation.  This is not persecution. This is not an orthodoxy issue. This is not a campus access issue.

This is a spiritual abuse issue. This is an issue about the inherent dignity of God’s beloved children.

Months after that conversation with my supervisors, and after forming a coalition to push InterVarsity to changing its stance on sexuality, I resigned my position. I could not conduct ministry in a way that was both liberating to me and the LGBT students I sought to serve. Nothing came from reporting the rape to my supervisors. But in the midst of all of this chaos I found the freedom to embrace both God and his Word affirmed in my identity as a gay Christian.

(Michael Vazquez is a former staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA at the University of Utah and is now studying for his Master of Divinity at Western Theological Seminary/Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco)

Editor’s note: InterVarsity responded to Vazquez’s commentary with the following statement:

First, rape is a sin against God and a person. We are grieved that Michael was raped in a gym locker room, and we continue to pray for his recovery from this experience.

Second, we dispute Michael’s accounts of how InterVarsity staff responded to him. His concerns were previously submitted and thoroughly investigated over the course of several months, by line supervisors, regional and national leaders, and the human resources team. InterVarsity colleagues, especially Rocky Mountain staff, provided support in many concrete ways to Michael during this period and even after his employment.

To be clear, if a staff member ever recommended pornography to a student or staff member (or otherwise encouraged violations of our Sexual Misconduct Policy), InterVarsity would immediately investigate and if verified, take disciplinary action.

InterVarsity remains committed to seeing all staff members, students, and faculty flourish.

 

 

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  • “Emails flooded the inboxes of InterVarsity donors with calls for prayer and financial support.” Why am I not surprised?
    The money changers called. They want their temple back.

  • I’m sorry to hear what you have gone through, Mr. Vasquez. I feel sorry for any gay person who goes through that. Being raped is surely one of the worst violations you could experience. I hope you sought help from the criminal justice system. But I have two questions for you:

    1) do you accept responsibility for continuing on in your own abuse, and the abuse of others you have participated in, at the hands of this “Christian” fellowship?

    2) and given the response of your loving Christian colleagues– a response devoid of empathy, devoid of understanding, devoid of any knowledge of gay people, or of rape, or of sexual abuse in general– a response just chock full of judgmentalism, moralizing, and despite…

    WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO ABOUT IT?

    I’m an atheist– well, an it-doesn’t-matterist– but we’ll leave it at atheist for now. I don’t object to religious belief per se, though I do think it’s silly. If it makes your life better, and you a better person, I’m all for it. but obviously, it isn’t making your life better, or the lives of anyone who is silly enough to believe that this elevation of homosexuality to being the sinniest of all sins, the worst sin (according to prostitute loving Swaggart), the sin that is the One True Litmus Test (TM) of being a True Christian (TM).

    Maybe it would behoove you to find yourself a better church to belong to, and a better class of Christian to hang out with.

    I’m sorry to sound unsympathetic to what you have experienced, because I am most assuredly not. I have spent 45 years fighting against the religious reich and their war on gay people, not just for the sake of my own health and happiness, but for the sake of the frightened innocents who cannot defend themselves. You are also a victim of this.

    but at what point do you stand and say, “ENOUGH!” At what point do you stop handing a baseball bat to the people who wish to harm you under the nasty disguise of Christian Love (TM), hoping that they won’t do what they have done continually to you for The Only Sin That Matters (TM)? At what point do you stop buying the nonsense of “We love you, but we hate your sin,” and admit the obvious: that this is an ancient, vicious, and durable prejudice, given the thinnest veneer of respectability by calling it “sincere religious belief.” When do you realize that a lot of these people have their own issues– something about motes and beams– but use you to feel better about themselves?

    I would suggest you google Peterson Toscano. He spent 20 years of his life, and untold thousands of dollars, trying to change himself from gay to straight. He finally realized that he had been scammed, not only of the money, but also of his life, and what he felt certain of– the unqualified love of Jesus.

    In short, he eventually realized that the problem wasn’t his homosexuality, it was his self hatred that in every way condemned him.

  • Guess what homosexuality is a sin of course a Christian group would oppose it.

    Leviticus 18:22
    “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.” (NLT)

    Leviticus 20:13
    “If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense.” (NLT)

    Romans 1:18-32
    But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness…. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

    So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

    That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

    Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too. (NLT)

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11
    Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people-none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NLT)

    1 Timothy 1:8-10
    Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine … (ESV)

    Jude 7
    And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment. (NIV)

  • I hope that rapist is caught and jailed, period. There IS a God, and His justice is on that rapist’s trail.

    Meanwhile, there’s absolutely NO chance of me successfully doing a leadership position in Soulforce, or Dignity, or GLAAD, or the Metropolitan Community Church, or the UU’s, or even the UCC’s.

    Why? Because they DON’T believe the Bible on key topics like human sexuality. (And they would feel the same about me.)

    So we would naturally and severely disagree, and thus need to go our SEPARATE ways. It is what it is.

    So Michael Vazquez needed to split from IVCF, and vice versa. Hopefully he can find healing (and justice) on his situation.

    ***But his homosexuality is destroying him and his personal ministry. He’s got to let Jesus do some sharp surgery. Ragging on IVCF ain’t gonna work. ***

  • It’s interesting that a commentor brings up a bunch of bible verses, particularly Leviticus, since we all know that these verses are cherry-picked out an entire book of laws that they choose to not follow by coming up with excuses that could easily be applied to their favorite quotes but which somehow exempt from this waiver of the rules.
    Until groups such as InterVarsity stop denigrating perceived “others” as less than, the conflict between religious groups and the rest of society will persist. Luckily, a majority of the younger generations don’t hold these same views whether spiritual or not. Those in the power positions will age out and be replaced by these broad-minded people. When they are not, the groups will be further marginalized and lose influence o continue their theocratic agenda.

  • I don’t see Inter-Varsity doing wrong, and they certainly are not condemning homosexuals. We are all sinners, there is no denying that. Homosexuals choose to defy the Lord in what he taught about their favourite sin. Inter-Varsity appears to have done wrong, if the author is speaking truthfully, but seems his intent is more to harm Inter-Varsity than anything else.
    Homosexuality is a sin. In Romans 1, Christ refers to it as: impurity, dishonouring their bodies, giving up natural relations, shameless acts, etc.
    This author, in endorsing homosexuality is fighting against the living God, who said that homosexuality is wrong.
    Homosexuals are victims, but of this type of person – the author -who seems to endorse the sin, is putting them on a treadmill to death and perdition – if he thinks that is loving them…..
    Homosexuals need to be at peace with Jesus – they need to renounce their sin and start a relationship with Him and He will forgive and cleanse them of their sin. If anyone is condemning homosexuals, it is those who endorse the sin. There is no such thing as a “homosexual Christian”. There are Christians who battle the sin of homosexuality, or have left homosexuality, but no “homosexual Christians.”
    Romans 1:32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
    It’s too bad he doesn’t use the pity he is trying to invoke to help homosexually attacked children, rather than furthering their sin.

  • I suggest you check out Restored Hope Network and Homosexuals Anonymous, and learn about the people who have successfully left homosexuality and live a normal life

  • Nah. what we really need is for you and your ilk to find someone else’s genitalia to obsess over, or at least another very Christian topic– like your own sins.
    Nah. Too jesus-y.

  • I deal with my sins regularly. What about you?
    You, I’m not surprised, would choose to make helping someone into something filthy. Jesus loves those people and wants to help them. (edited)

  • “Distortion” is the word the straight white men who authored the paper used to describe a male and female coed having sex in his dorm room, a cheerleader giving her boyfriend a blow job, a male staff worker filing for divorce from his wife, a married male staff worker who habitually viewed pornography.

    Imagine a college freshman struggling with reconciling his faith with his sexuality, hearing that he is inherently a distortion.

    Imagine a college senior passionate about her faith and eager to pursue a career in ministry but also hoping to marry a man by attracting him with nude pics and letting him feel her up, being told that she is barred from ministry because she is a distortion.

    Michael, Jesus loves you in spite of your sins, whatever they may be. Your attraction to men is not a sin, but acting on it is. Just as my attraction to women is not a sin, but my acting out on it sexually is.

    I find it fascinating that the LGBT community rallies around “pride.” If you read the Bible, you know what God thinks about pride.

    Personally, I struggle with sexual sins too that are rooted in childhood abuse. But I am not proud of shaming God in my behavior. I seek repentance and forgiveness and the restoration of a risen, crucified Savior. I pray that you will do the same. God Bless you, Michael.

  • I am so sorry to hear of your rape. That is hideous.

    I do want to point out that IV’s policy was not decided on by white men, as you state. Of 16 board members, at least 5 are women and at least 5 are people of color, including the President of the organization. And of their Executive Team of 9, 4 are women and 4 are people of color.

  • You can always be depended on to prove my point. Thanks.

    I use the word genitalia, and you claim I’m turning helping someone “helping” someone else into something filthy. I have ’em. You hav ’em. Everyone has ’em. Nothing filthy about it.

    But it shows what you are about, doesn’t it. And it isn’t about helping anyone. It’s about YOU believing that you are god’s BFFF for helping other people, whether it’s telling lies about them, slandering them, or degrading their quite natural and normal emotional instincts. And all the while pretending you love them, and are helping them. But you have no interest in listening to them unless they agree with you.

  • You do realize Ben, when you need to attack your opponent, you have lost the race. I withdrew the worst of my comment because I have Someone that I care not to make look badly. You really did miss what you would have considered the best of it.
    Your fixation on “genitals” was quite unbecoming, even for you. You really should try harder.

  • What a sad distortion of Christianity, when the followers of Christ would rather condemn this man for being gay, than to offer their support and love to someone who has been a victim of a violent crime.

    I hope the author finds peace, acceptance, and love from others, to heal the emotional and physical pain he has endured.

  • I find it fascinating That so called Christians rally around shame. If you read any basic psychology book, you know what self hatred does to people.

    The complacency of your aproach is undeniable, another person who hasn’t a clue pronouncing judgment. You, as a heterosexual, have an option which your religion allows you. MR. Vasquez, as a gay man, has no such option in your theology. You will allow him, of course, to pretend he’s heterosexual, and you don’t really who gets hurt care as long as the proprieties are observed.

  • By your interpretation of scripture can women go to church without a head covering? Can women speak in church? The Apostle Paul says women cannot do these things. (1 Corinthians 11:2-13 and 14:34-35) What about divorced Christians? Jesus himself said no to that. (Matthew 5:31-32)
    What about slaves being obedient to their masters?( Ephesians 6:5) Should we bring back slavery? Are people with tattoos allowed? According to scripture they aren’t. The list goes on and on.

    I’m sick and tired of LGBT people being held to a literal translation of scripture, but everyone else gets a pass. So unless you veil your head and stay quiet in church, I suggest you lay off the judgement a little.

  • Without getting into the ins and outs of this rather familiar discourse, I was struck by one comment made by Mr. Vasquez in which he asserted (truthfully, no doubt) that he was advised by IVCF staff to view “heterosexual pornography.” That is utterly idiotic and un-Christian advice. Other than the fact that it would be of no useful purpose, it flies in the face of the teachings of the New Testament. There is no warrant for any Christian to feed on pornographic images. If this is the quality and character of advice they are giving their own staff, I shudder to think of the ill formed advice they are giving students.

  • I am so very sorry that you were raped. What an unspeakable sin! And what an unspeakably unchristian response from your supervisors. I can’t say here what I want to about them, for that would be unspeakably unchristian as well.

    You were right to resign.

  • Paul said there is no contention about head coverings if women choose not to wear them.
    What about divorced Christians? Jesus forgives sin. You want me to discuss scripture, set it out for me, I don’t have time to look it up.
    Paul taught to be a slave to no man.
    Tattoos were a cultural thing.
    Yawn….if you want an opinion on the scripture, please print them out.

  • “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son so that whosoever marginalizes those yucky gays shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

    That’s what it says, right? Because clearly hating on gays is the single most important thing when it comes to salvation.

    By their fruit shall ye know them.

  • And yet, posting after posting is complaining about how the left bullies good Christians who are simply stating that they don’t think gay people should be treated as other people are, or that homosexuality is no worse a sin than any other sin.

    Go figure.

  • Even worse, Edward.

    It’s encouraging immorality and simply will not work, because that is not how any of this works.

  • There you go again.

    Jesus forgives sin– as long as it is heterosexual. No need to repent of your sin, is there. You’re divorced and remarried for some reason than adultery, and repentance merely means you said “I’m sorry, Jesus.”

    But no leaving that second or third or fourth wife. Just continue living in a state of daily adultery.

  • lol…….(edit) Christ will accept you Ben. Like everyone else, He’ll just expect you to repent of your sin.

  • We do treat homosexuals like other people. We tell them they need to renounce their sin so they can have a relationship with Jesus and receive blessings with them ending up in Heaven.

  • Love the Distorter, hate the Distortion? Is that the new IV slogan? Maybe you can borrow the Catholic phrase “intrinsically disordered”. That has a nice righteous, judgemental ring to it too. Love the intrinsically disordered, hate the intrinsic disorder?

  • I would have said, “The left [right] is composed of drama [trauma] queens. With them there is never “disagreement” or “disapproval,” it’s always “hate” and “abuse” and “violence” and “terrorism.””

  • I’m deeply sorry you were raped. May this city be a place of healing for you. Thank you for resigning. May Inter-Varsity grow toward its better self. Welcome to San Francisco! Mary Rakow

  • Thanks for sharing your bigotry. It’s always nice to know that good Christians have a line of defense that is as totally detached from reality as a trumpanzee.

  • And no sane person argues with an antigay religious bigot. So I won’t. Have a nice life.

    BTW, I don’t have HIV.

  • I guess God likes lesbians. They have lowest rates of HIV infection of all groups. In Africa HIV is overwhelmingly passed through heterosexual sex. So there goes your tired God sent AIDS to punish homosexuals argument. Do your research. Also, check FBI statistics regarding who is killing who. (Hint: straights kill gays A LOT more).

  • “This is a spiritual abuse issue. This is an issue about the inherent dignity of God’s beloved children.”

    Well stated. Unfortunately this is not the first time groups such as IVF ignored scientific fact. 6000 year old planet, sexual orientation is a choice, flat earth, trump is a Christian, etc.

  • Are you sure the writer is telling the truth about a rape? He has no problem spreading lies about the nature of homosexuality and the meaning of scripture. Liars aren’t selective; they’ll say whatever advances their personal agenda – which in this case is a very gay agenda.

  • Wow – in this case, the gay supporter was at least partially right. You should probably be quiet.

    Gay is still one hundred percent wrong, but you seem to have a very selective interpretation of the Bible.

  • This article has left me with a lot of questions as to the writer’s conduct and actions.

    He opens by claiming he was “raped by a man in a gym locker” and was belittled when he informed his IVCF supervisors about it. Well, were the police involved? Was a charge brought against the rapist or not? It’s not until the bottom of the article that he claims “nothing ever came from reporting my rape to my supervisors,” so I guess not.

    IVCF supervisors are not the cops. Why did he not report this crime himself to the police? He never says. Should IVCF have reported it for him? I think I might have in that situation, only after getting his agreement. But whether they did or not, Vazquez was the victim. He never says whether they did or not. He just says these supervisors (at the Univ. of Utah, I gather?) questioned his sincerity.

    And then he offers the eye-popping claim that one of them told him to “watch heterosexual pornography as an attempt to change” his sexual orientation. This seems very unbelievable to me. If it is true, the unnamed supervisor who said it is a terrible person indeed and is encouraging sin. But Vazquez’s vagueness about these other seemingly important questions makes me question whether we’re getting the full story here.

    Then he moves on from his own personal experience to broadly criticize IVCF’s policy, a fairly standard reading of Scripture as calling any sexual practice outside of a married heterosexual couple a “distortion.” He even throws in the gratuitous slap at “straight white men” to make it sound that much more evil. Gee, thanks.

    He — not they — then applies that description to PEOPLE, rather than its intended meaning of “sexual activity.” It’s a subtle move, designed to make the policy look like a rejection of people, rather than of certain behavior. This is a critical distinction for all Christians who should hate the sin, but love the sinner. But notice the IVCF did not make that descriptive switch; Mr. Vazquez did, by his own admission.

    Then there’s this quote: “I could not honestly share with them [LGBT youth] the love of God and the good news of Jesus, while refusing to ascribe to them the inherent dignity with which God had created them — a dignity I myself was wrestling to acknowledge. Interactions with LGBT students caused a painful and visceral feeling in me. I could only serve and love them so much.”

    This unwittingly admits what is probably the real issue here: Vazquez saw himself (and these youth he was supposed to minister to) AS their sin, not as people who happen to sin. Honestly, I wouldn’t want anyone working for a ministry with such a distorted sense of people’s souls, trapped as we all are in sinful bodies and guilty, as we all are, of sin. Any minister is supposed to focus on the soul past the sinful behavior, not treat the sin as the defining characteristic of the person. And this guy’s now in divinity school?

    He wraps up by calling his treatment by IVCF “spiritual abuse.” Yet, he stayed on for “months” after that fateful meeting with the IVCF supervisors. Why would he do that? Anyone in his position would have felt betrayed by the organization if they had done nothing to help him. Again, he apparently never went to the cops on his own. Why not?

    Questions, questions.

  • How can you be a “gay Christian” when homosexual sexual practices are condemned in Scripture? That’s like saying a person a “adulterous Christian”.

  • Well if you won’t listen to 2Rump telling you he’s a Christian, and all of those evangelical supporters telling you he’s a Christian…
    then there is certainly no way to tell you.
    But we knew that.

  • pot. kettle. enchantee.

    encore.

    pot. kettle. enchantee.

    encore.

    pot. kettle. enchantee.

    encore.

  • What I meant was, hopefully the people at your church will explain TO YOU why tattoos are wrong.

  • Sorry, it’s not a sin. I prayed to God myself at my lowest point and He told me otherwise.
    Gets your heads out of that book and listen to Him because I think you are so concerned about what people do versus some bible quote that you can’t hear His voice telling you to knock it off and be quiet because you should be finally ready accept that He created us as we are with no apologies necessary.

  • Why because you don’t like their position? It’s backed up buy the Bible and it’s a Christian group.

  • The problem here is that Romans 1 cannot be read without Romans 2. Romans 1 is written in a tone similar to the Wisdom of Solomon. Paul is not, as many have supposed, setting the trap for sinners, but actually directly attacking the self-righteousness of his religious culture. The Lord showed this to me after a period of prayer about Romans 1. Paul’s actual views on sexual orientation are pretty clear. He had none. Although he may have had some intuitive awareness of the human reality, he did not as is often supposed, really say anything about it. He clearly declared certain practices as being sinful, but not homosexuality itself. I invite all disciples of Jesus to ask the Lord in total openness of heart to hear what He is saying to His people. The slippery slope goes both directions. If you had a child born with ambiguous genitals, would you condemn them to a life of never experiencing sexual bonding and expression? Is it loving to do that? Does a loving God do that?

  • The author’s argument seems to be with Scripture more than with Intervarsity. Should we just ignore or reject Bible passages that we don’t like or that conflict with the culture?

    Who decides what is sin: the Bible or the world around us?

    Christ didn’t die on the cross to make us comfortable with our sin. He died to forgive our sin. I’m glad that he takes each one of us just as we are. I’m also glad that he doesn’t leave us that way.

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