Wednesday, March 06, 2013

False Hope for Homosexuals

In our ongoing series on Hope for Holy Sexuality, I’ve been trying to highlight testimonies and resources that give hope for change to those who struggle with same-sex attraction.

One danger in doing that is to make it seem like there is a simple 3 (or even 12) step plan for attaining complete victory over homosexuality, easily changing all of your sexual desires to heterosexual, and one day being happily married to a opposite-sex spouse.  (Many of the “ex-gay” ministries have made claims like these that they can’t back up.)

The truth is that it is seldom simple or easy, and not everyone gets there (or they don't stay there consistently).

Over at Harvest USA, John Freeman wrote a multi-part series on why men fall back into homosexuality. That's part of the reality we live with in this battle.

But shouldn't that be obvious for Christians who have been saved, are still being saved, and look forward to the day when we are finally saved?

It’s important that at the same time as we promise Christians that they can have victory over sin (whatever that sin might be)--and they can!, that we remember that our battle with sin is ongoing and life-long. The battle is worth it and winable, but the victory may not always come when or look like we expected.

Let us offer hope, but not false hope for holy sexuality.