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Three essays by David Peterson:

  1. Holiness and God’s Creation Purpose
  2. Holiness and Sexuality in the Pauline Writings
  3. Same-sex Unions and Romans 1

He summarizes:

Many people who write on the subject of homosexuality consider it within the framework of justice or love or tolerance or personal fulfilment, but holiness is the theological context and motivation for the teaching of the Mosaic law about sexual behaviour (Lv. 18:1-30; 20:7-26), and holiness is also the basis of the New Testament appeal for distinctive sexual behaviour in several key passages (e.g. 1 Thes. 4:1-8; 1 Cor. 6:9-20; 2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:2). The articles I have written consider the theological and  pastoral implications of viewing homosexual behaviour in this way.


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11 thoughts on “Holiness and Homosexuality”

  1. Truth Unites... and Divides says:

    “Holiness and Homosexuality”

    Transcendent Conclusion: Same-sex behavior is unholy sin.

  2. David Starchman says:

    I think that should be “Same-sex Unions and Romans 1″?

  3. Amy says:

    Has anyone ready Wesley’s Hill’s book, “Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality”? Or Henri Nouwen’s writings? I think everyone should. Are we preparing ourselves and our faithful for walking alongside those who, for whatever reason, struggle endlessly with same-sex temptations but choose obedience and holiness over giving in?

    It’s one thing to quote scripture and be all legalistic and harsh (we can be right AND harsh you know). It’s another to “bear one another’s burdens” and “weep with those who weep.” Unlike the addicted and the lazy and the glutton (sins and sinners we church folk all seem to get along with much better) those who struggle with homosexuality get very little love, support or hope from us. At least that’s been my observation over the last decade.

    There is more to this issue. Think it through brothers and sisters — God loves the homosexual. Some who struggle with homosexuality strive to be holy. We ought to be praying for them AND praying for how WE can encourage and not discourage or harm them in their journey as broken people following Christ.

    1. Ken says:

      “[T]hose who struggle with homosexuality get very little love, support or hope from us.”

      Why is that, in your experience? While undoubtedly there is an element of what has been referred to as the “yuck factor” in the perceptions of heterosexuals, I suggest there is a two-way problem in the relationships between persons involved in homosexuality and theologically-conservative Christians. It is true that Christians can be judgmental, unloving, and ungracious when dealing with matters that are repugnant to them. It is also true that there is a strong stream of militancy and activism in many homosexual persons such that any attempt to uphold the orthodox view of homosexual activity as sinful and out of the bounds of God’s will is decried as hateful and bigoted. There is a worldview impass that makes it very difficult to engage.

      1. Truth Unites... and Divides says:

        It is also true that homosexuals can be judgmental, unloving, and ungracious when dealing with matters that are repugnant to them.

        1. Ken says:

          No argument there, TUAD. It’s part of being a fallen human.

      2. Amy says:

        My apologies — I should have been more clear. I am not speaking of militant, non-repentant, non-Christian homosexuals. My reference was to Mr. Hill’s thought-provoking book and I am referring to those who, for whatever reason, struggle endlessly with same-sex temptations but choose obedience to Christ and holiness over giving in to their temptations. These are brothers and sisters in the seats beside us on Sunday, often hiding what they would like badly to share for fear of our condemnation. I think they deserve the same support, patience and “burden-bearing” care we give to the one struggling with alcohol addition, or pornography, or food, or spending or hoarding and on. And yes the heterosexual single man or woman who longs for a partner in marriage and struggles to avoid the short-cut.

    2. David says:

      I have read it. His story is very much like mine and I can’t point to a single thing he says that I would disagree with. I even gave his book to my parents so that they would understand me better…and I recommend it to all of my friends in seminary.

  4. Truth Unites... and Divides says:

    Are we preparing ourselves and our faithful for walking alongside those single folks, who for whatever reason, struggle endlessly with heterosexual temptations but choose obedience and holiness over giving in to fornication?

    There is more to this issue. Think it through brothers and sisters — God loves the single heterosexual.

    1. Amy says:

      SO TRUE! That is a bit of a theme in Mr. Hill’s book.

  5. David says:

    Is anyone else having trouble accessing the articles? The site seems to be down.

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