I think it’s helpful to divide the responses to the issue of homosexuality by the church to enable us to identify what we believe and why. I’m not going to comment on the rights and wrongs of each, just identify them to help people see the situation
Being a Christian and to be attracted to people of the same sex is impossible. Deriving from an interpretation of the passage in 1 Corinthians 6 to include those tempted as well as those practice homosexuality, it takes the phrase ‘such were some of you’ to imply becoming a Christian will remove the orientation.
practice*orientation is inherently disordered, but is, in effect, a disability suffered by some people for reasons that remain a mystery; homosexual Christians are called to celibacy.
Homosexual relationships are as valid as heterosexual, and should be approached with the same attitude.
Sexual behaviour is a matter of indifference for Christians, and given that ‘there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus’, anything is acceptable.
Ultimately every Christian’s position will boil down to one of these.
- My thanks to Philip for pointing out that faux pas