Greg Coles is back and helps us navigate some tough questions, including is it really possible to love LGBTQ+ people in churches that hold to the traditional biblical view of sex and marriage being between a man and a woman?
Gregory Coles shares about being a gay, celibate, single Christian. Noah and Greg dive deep into the church’s sexual ethic in a conversation that will stretch you and make you think, and hopefully open you up to a deeper understanding of how to love LGBTQ+ people.
Noah intros the topic of LGBTQ+ people and theology as a lead up to Pastor Jack Systema’s testimony sermon. This sermon is Noah’s top resource for helping understand a biblical view of sexuality and compassion for LGBTQ+ people.
After wrapping up the Flip Side Book Club’s reading of Spiritual Friendship, Noah interviews author Wes Hill on the book’s subject of providing a path of love for celibate gay Christians.
What I love about Wesley is his ruthless honesty. He essentially spends all of chapter 5 making sure the reader understands he is not presenting a quick fix to the emotional ache that gay / SSA people feel. He wants to make sure gay / SSA Christians, as well as pastors looking for the magic bullet solution to all of this, understand that there is no magic bullet. He wants to make sure people understand if they walk down the path of kinship / covenantal friendship, they will meet pain and disappointment. This is not a good sales pitch! But it is real and it is honest. Us pastors hate this. We want a systematic theology that fixes everything. We want the right answer that grounds us in Scripture and that gives everyone warm fuzzies.
Wesley Hill is a gay, celibate Christian. While I can’t speak for all people in all places, his 2010 book Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality was groundbreaking in my corner of biblically conservative evangelicalism. In a topic that had become bifurcated into only two camps, Wesley presented a third camp: Christians […]