Blog Posts on Homosexuality

Same-Sex Attraction and the Inevitability of Change

John Piper

Whether sexual orientation can change or not, hearts can change and turn any sexual orientation into an occasion for the glory of Christ. When Paul says, "You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Corinthians 6:19–20), he did not exclude people with same-sex attraction.

Feasting and fasting have always been ways of glorifying Christ with food. Similarly sexual relations…

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Some Foreseen Effects of Legalizing So-Called Same Sex Marriage

John Piper

When I preached on the implications of the legalizing of so-called same sex marriage I said, “Pretending that [marriage] can exist between people of the same sex will send ripple effects of dysfunction and destruction in every direction, most of which are now unforeseen.”

Here is an example you may not have foreseen. There are hundreds of others on the way.

It has been reported that in the case of…

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When Homosexuality Became a Man

Jon Bloom

“Man, that guy’s got a voice!” That was my first impression of Joe Hallett.

In the fall of 1990, my wife and I joined Bethlehem Baptist’s young adult Sunday School class. And during the worship times Joe’s voice would soar above everybody’s. He wasn’t a big guy — about 5-foot-7, maybe 130 pounds. But when he sang he was a man among men.

Joe wasn’t shy either. In our first…

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“There Is No Demilitarized Zone in the Issue of Homosexuality”

John Piper

All the participants of the panel on homosexuality at The Gospel Coalition Council meetings agreed that we have entered one of the most difficult challenges to a gospel-centered approach to evangelism. The reason is not that the center of the Christian gospel has changed, but the center of the cultural gospel has changed. That center for many is the freedom to be GLBT and to be approved.

Which means…

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How Do You Relate to a Gay Family Member?

John Piper

Is there hope for a relationship with a family member who is not a believer and is in a same-sex relationship, and who knows your Christian position?

Yes. One story went like this. An adult sister-in-law was in a lesbian relationship and would bring her partner to all the wider family functions when she was invited. She knew her brother-in-law’s position. Not only was she sinning to be involved sexually…

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Beware of Naïve Assumptions and False Stereotypes

John Piper

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…

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What’s At Stake in the Homosexuality Debate

Tony Reinke

The stakes could not be higher in the homosexuality debate, because — to put it rather bluntly — homosexual activity is a sin that parallels idolatry. The Apostle Paul seems to draw this connection in Ephesians 5:5 and Colossians 3:5, and he certainly does in Romans 1:18–27.

Robert Gagnon, a leading scholar on sexuality in Scripture, says these themes are closely related for Paul because both idolatry and same-sex intercourse…

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Christ Swallows Up Eroticism in Something Much Bigger

John Piper

One panelist at The Gospel Coalition discussions of homosexuality said he knew a dozen joyfully married Christian couples with children, in which one of each couple was formerly gay or lesbian. He said that this does not mean there are no more homosexual desires or fantasies.

The reason these marriages work is because love and marriage and life are now seen in a much larger scope. The relationship is seen…

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Homosexuality, Human Relations, and the Challenges to Evangelism

John Piper

Several weeks ago the Leadership Council of The Gospel Coalition met for its annual discussions of current issues and the state of gospel-centered ministry among evangelicals. Of the many panel discussions, the most illuminating to me was the one on homosexuality.

The four forthcoming blog posts I have written were triggered by insightful comments made by the panel participants, but I have developed the thoughts, and I take responsibility for…

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Finding Care in the Calamity of Gay Pride

John Piper

For those caught in the calamity of the normalization, celebration, and institutionalization of homosexual behavior, there are resources for help. Today let me just mention one cluster.

Probably the most authoritative scholarly work on homosexuality and the Bible is Robert Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice (Abingdon, 2001). Educated at Dartmouth and Harvard Divinity School, Gagnon teaches at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

He has a web site, www.robgagnon.net, with numerous

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