Table of contents

  1. The traditional Christian approach to homosexuality  
  2. Imagine gay Christians who bring glory and honor to God, and are pleasing to Him 
  3. My thesis statement 
  4. Definitions and brief introductions to 17 topics 
    1. The Bible is inerrant and infallible
    2. Christians in the family of God
    3. Gay Christian
    4. Gay Christian teaching as heresy
    5. Affirming, non-affirming
    6. Mixed-orientation marriages
    7. Celibate gay couples
    8. The homosexual lifestyle
    9. Don’t ask, don’t tell
    10. Same-gender attraction does not signify pedophilia, see chapter XIV
    11. Erroneous ideas
    12. Clobber passages, see chapter VI
    13. Ex-gay, see chapter XI
    14. Ex-ex-gay, see chapter XI
    15. Circular logic regarding the suicide rates of gay youth
    16. We understand your point of view
    17. We, you
  5. The word “homosexual” in the Bible 
  6. Clobber passages 
    1. Genesis 19 – The story of Sodom and Gomorrah
    2. Two passages from Leviticus 
      1. Leviticus 18:22
      2. Leviticus 20:13
    3. Romans 1:18-32 – The antithesis of grace by faith in Christ 
      1. Paul’s description of these people
      2. The Christian’s response to each descriptive term
      3. Reversing Paul’s premise
    4. I Timothy 1:8-11 – The ungodly and sinful 
      1. The list of behaviors in the NIV
      2. Eleven other translations
      3. The list using the footnote from the Passion Translation
    5. I Corinthians 6:9 – Those who will not inherit the kingdom of God 
      1. Arseno, from the Levitical passages
      2. Koitai, from the Levitical passages
  7. Complementarity:  One man, one woman 
    1. One flesh
    2. Some eunuchs are born that way
    3. Male and female 
    4. Procreation
  8. Exceptions, reversals, and other tags
    1. Women are not allowed to speak in church
    2. Slavery
    3. Deacons
    4. Elders
    5. Eunuchs
    6. Food sacrificed to idols
    7. The sun rises, and the sun sets
    8. Pearls, gold jewelry
    9. Greet each other with a holy kiss
    10. Head coverings
    11. Interracial marriage
    12. Remarriage
    13. Tithe
    14. One man, one woman
  9. Other Scriptures sometimes used to refer to gay people 
    1. John 8:11b
    2. Matthew 19:1-12
    3. Proverbs 14:12
    4. Hosea 12:8
    5. Revelation 3:16
    6. Revelation 3:17
    7. Ephesians 5:22-25
  10. Eating defiled food and forbidding people to marry 
    1. Our freedom in Christ
    2. Some Christians will forbid people to marry
    3. Sin requires harm done to God, to participants, or to neighbors
  11. God heals.  Ex-gay ministries
  12. Therefore, celibacy 
  13. Where did this extreme aversion to gay people come from? 
  14. Same-gender attraction does not imply pedophilia. 
  15. Should gay Christians be allowed to serve within our churches, or should they remain visitors? 
    1. Cornelius and family baptized in the Holy Spirit
    2. God told Peter not to call any man unclean or impure.
    3. So if God gave them the same gift as He gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to hinder the work of God?
  16. If it’s true, how could we have gotten it so wrong for so long? 
    1. Slavery
    2. Interracial marriage
    3. Discussion
    4. Tony Campolo
  17. Heart to heart – To my traditional, non-affirming brother or sister in Christ, one of us is wrong. 
    1. Gay Christians who trust in the atoning work of Christ on the cross and His resurrection are in the family of God.
    2. I Corinthians 12:24b-25:  “But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”
    3. Gay Christians either are or are not allowed in the kingdom of God.  If the possibility exists that the modern translations are wrong and the footnotes are right, wouldn’t the Church rather err on the side of welcoming people into our church families rather than implying that they are not welcome?
    4. New Covenant Church of Atlanta
    5. What I believe should be the Church’s response to gay Christians
    6. Pastor Clay Peck, Berthoud, Colorado:  Agree to disagree
  18. The non-affirming positions
    1. Gay people either can or cannot be Christians.
    2. Gay people can be Christians, but their sin disqualifies them from membership in the local church.
  19. Summarizing the premise:  Is Scripture crystal clear that homosexuality is a sin?
  20. Where do you stand?  Email me: IamIncludedinChrist@gmail.com
  21. Reference list 
  22. Appendix:  The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
  23. Acknowledgements
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