Beware of Naïve Assumptions and False Stereotypes


We should beware of overly-simple generalizations in dealing with people with same-sex attraction, and we should deepen our analysis of what is really going on in a person’s soul.

For example, a woman may be a predatory lesbian and a man may be merely experimenting because he longs for male friendship. To deal with these two cases in the same way would be a serious mistake. The spectrum of bondage — from addictive control to casual curiosity — is so great we must not make assumptions until we have serious and candid conversations.

Similarly, we should deepen our analysis of what is really going on in a person’s soul before we conclude that a person is fixed in a same-sex orientation. For example, we may find that a man’s homosexual exploits are really a manifestation of a deeper spiritual issue of being harsh and controlling.

In other words, we should never deal with sexual attraction in the abstract. It is always entangled with other facets of our soul, that may, at first glance seem disconnected from our sexual drives.

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John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books, including A Peculiar Glory.