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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by SaggyWoman, Jun 22, 2009.
Are there professed homosexuals attending your church?
Nope. Not one.
Bro. Curtis..What is the date of that quote, please?
I voted for probably. We live in a metropolitan area. It is very likely we have homosexuals attending.
I don't have a problem with homosexuals attending our church. It is my earnest desire and prayer that they encounter truth and life transformation. We also have adulterers and sexually promiscuous singles attending. I hope they all encounter life transformation.
Attending is one thing. Being an unrepentent church member is quite another. I would hope that there would be unsaved people attending my church. How else will the lost come to know Christ?
Should be easy enough to find. What does that matter ?
The reason I asked is because that chap has been around since the beginning of the last century,,about 1917 or so, and during the Civil Rights Movement, the Democrats were the Party supporting Civil Rights,,particularly the Late Bobby Kennedy. The Republicans were the most anti-civil rights group.
Ok, I respect that. Let's not derail SW's thread over it.
Not that I know of.
Like sag38 replied, attendance is one thing. I am pretty certain that we have now homosexuals attending our church. I know we have parents of homosexuals attending our church. But we have no known homosexuals as members. If there were, we would deal with that issue as we have dealt with members who commit adultery and go through the Biblical process with them.
You run into all kinds of problems with the identifier "homosexual" when you deal with this issue in a church setting.
In popular culture, a homosexual is a person who experiences a sexual attraction (orientation) toward persons of his/her own gender. In my opinion, inappropriate sexual feelings/attraction are not or have even been sin.
Heterosexual men and women experience inappropriate sexual attraction toward members of the opposite sex all the time. Those feelings are merely feelings that can turn into temptation (or action) if they are not managed vigilantly. But no one can help how they feel. However they can decide not to act on those feelings and choose a more appropriate course of action. In the same way, a person who has homosexual feelings should not be condemned for having inappropriate sexual feelings, but should be encouraged to manage them appropriately.
Inappropriate sexual activity (heterosexual activity outside of marriage, homosexual activity, etc.) should be confronted by the church.
Our church prays regularly for persons of homosexual orientation to visit and join our congregation. We want people to find healing and transformation within the fellowship of our congregation. We are a welcoming church, but not an affirming church. We certainly affirm people, but not their inappropriate sexual activity (heterosexual or homosexual).
very good reply.
attendance, sure, thats fine,
membership is another.
good to see a church who actually deals with these lifestyles. what happens if these people do not stop (adultry, and if you were to have a gay memeber, include them also)
your church prays and allows openly active homosexuals to join and be active members?
and you all call this a church. which approves sin.
Why on earth would a homosexual, male or female, openly declare themelves as such any more than would a heterosexual?
Hey, look at me. I'm a ......................whatever.
Church is for the saved. It's a bonus if an unsaved person comes to church and gets saved, but that's not the primary purpose of church. The primary purpose of church is for the fellowship of believers and the worship of our God.
You ask how else will the lost come to know Christ? Well, we should go out and tell them. We should never sit back and wait for them to come to church.
Anyway, on topic, no there are no open homosexuals as members at my church.
I doubt that we have homosexuals attending our church, but I could be wrong.
The problem I see with the homosexual movement (as it relates to the church) is that they do not want tolerance, they want everyone to accept their sinful lifestyle as right and good, when the Bible says it is an abomination.
To be fair...I don't think that Baptist Believer's post said this.
I know of several youth that have attended my church who have been involved in this lifestyle. I know of at least one we've reached; that person turned their back on that sin.
Echoing what others have said...sinners of all stripes are welcome to visit. Membership and leadership involve repentance, and living a homosexual lifestyle and becoming a member of our church are mutually exclusive. (for that matter...if one wishes to join our church and we know they are unrepentant of any sin...there's a problem.)
Not that I'm aware of but I'm not sure. We have in the past, and I know they hear the truth and the Gospel. One woman who was a lesbian was helped out of that lifestyle and actually stayed in my home for a short time. Homosexuals are sinners just like anyone else that walks through that door. They need a Savior too. Now if they claim Christ and yet continue to walk in that lifestyle without fighting it, they would be treated as anyone else who was living an active, obvious sinful lifestyle (such as adultery, living together, etc.)
Many/most churches do not advocate or support homosexuality (or other sin for that matter.) though attendance is accepted.
Some churches advertise and "cater"(?) to homosexuals.
Just a thought with regard to this topic. BTW there aren't any Professing Homosexuals in my church. Though that doesn't mean there aren't homosexuals in the church. Just that they haven't saw fit to let anyone know. However thinking about this subject. I was reminded last week of a discussion I had with a friend while in DC. He works for the Dept. of Education. He was mentioning the hypocracy of the Church with regard to Homosexuals and that we are so against legislation permitting benefits to them that the impression given by the secular people is that we have either a hatred to the people or a fear of them. He went on to say that there seems to be a view that Christians aren't forgiving of this issue and that its hypocritical to treat these people worse than say an adulterer or some other such sin. Since, I enjoy studing church history I reflected on how the early church would allow no christians to see the fellowship of believers up until communion where it was done in private (probably why there were stories of christians putting babies into the loaf of bread). Then I wondered if a homosexual would feel welcomed in our churches or just condemned. I'm not advocating for the practice and the life style. What I am wondering about it that in our reaching out to the world for the gospel of Christ if it would be in appropiate to welcome homosexuals to our churches. Freely answer their questions (especially the sin nature of their choice). But let them understand that though they are loved and encouraged to learn about Jesus and the bible. Yet Kindly let them know there is a limit in fellowship. What if baptist churches did what the early churches did and ask non-christians not to participate in our communion services? Just some thoughts.