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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITYSame Sex Attraction PaperDr. Harold D. Bryant in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion ofCHPL 615-B01 Chaplain Ethics and Advisement for Pastoral Care byHeather DombkowskiJune 20, 2018
ContentsIntroduction……………………………………………………………………………….…1Position on Same-Sex Attraction and Same-Sex Marriage………………………………….1Biblical Worldview…………………………………………………………………………..2Ministering to Men and Women With Same-Sex Attraction………………………………..4Limits to My Ministry………………………………………………………………………..5Conclusion………………………………………………………...………………………....6Bibliography……………………………………………………………………………….. 7i
IntroductionLGBT is a hot topic in today’s world. It is in the news almost every day. TV sitcoms and Hollywood movies have turned it into blockbusters. Liberals embrace the LGBT agenda and claim all conservatives as evil for not standing in agreement with them. Pastors are afraid to preach against homosexuality because them may loose members or become targets of hate mongers themselves. Each side sees themselves as right and have used biblical references to back their beliefs. Lawsuits have been filed, ruling have been handed down favoring both sides. This has led to a country and a faith divided. Position on Same-Sex Attraction and Same-Sex MarriageThe Bible leaves no room whatsoever for confusion where homosexual behavior is concerned. The Scripture both explicitly and implicitly regards it as falling outside of God's intention in creating man and woman as sexual beings who bear His image as male and female. “Homosexual sex is prohibited in the Old Testament law (Lev. 18:22; 20:13). However, among all the illicit sexual relations listed in Leviticus 18 and 20, homosexuality is not singled out as being any different or more worthy of condemnation than other sexual sins.”1In other words sin is sin, Christians should hate the sin not the person. Christians need to "speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15), it must be remembered that the Christian standing before someone may be the only Jesus they ever see. With that in mind there is no room for hate, cruel comments, or other means of rejection directed toward anyone who experiences same-sex attraction or identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. All humans are made in the image of God, Jesus teaches us to respect all humanity as having inherent value, worth and dignity – including those affirming or adopting labels or behaviors which the Bible associates with sexual sin. The commandment of love on the Christian is unquestionable, one can love the person in spite of sin.

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