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A wide-ranging interview with Dr. Robert Gagnon by Tony Reinke of the Authors on the Line podcast:

The Church in a Homosexual Culture: An Interview with Robert Gagnon (32 minutes)

  • What are the biblical and the structural prerequisites for a sexual union that magnifies God and honors his created design?
  • From that, what constitutes sinful sexual practices?
  • Does the Bible say anything about gender reassignment surgery?
  • Is homosexuality a modern phenomenon? Just how pervasive was homosexuality in the Greco-Roman world of the Apostle Paul?
  • By voting yes to the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, are Christians oppressing the freedoms of the gay and lesbian community? Why or why not?
  • What advice do you have for churches seeking to preach against the sin of homosexuality, and make sure the church doors are wide open and welcoming to all those in the homosexual community?

Same-Sex Temptations in the Church: An Interview with Robert Gagnon (30 minutes)

  • What role does the Church play in demythologizing sexuality in modern culture?
  • In the life of a professing Christian, what makes homosexual practice “an act of unbelief”?
  • Should we be okay with a professing believer who self-identifies as “a celibate gay Christian”?
  • What advice do you have for Christian parents who are fearful that their children will experience same-sex attraction in the teen years?
  • What are churches doing well in engaging those who struggle with same-sex attraction? What are churches doing poorly?
  • What guiding principles will help us to love and reach out to our homosexual neighbors?

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6 thoughts on “Homosexuality and the Modern Church”

  1. It becomes illegal to do reparative with a minor in CA January 1, 2013. This is a parental rights issue and can have grave consequence for Christian counselors across the country.

  2. Wesley says:

    Appreciate these resources bro – look forward to learning from them and growing in my own understanding.
    I wonder if you’d be willing to look over/comment on a post i wrote recently along this line of the sociological and ontological difficulties associated with conflating sexuality with one’s core identity

    many thanks –

  3. Every 21st century pastor should be acquainted with Dr Gagnon’s work.

    That is my personal recommendation for what it is worth.

  4. Richard says:

    Let me also recommend Rosaria Butterfield’s book, “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert.” A powerful book.

  5. z says:

    I imagine what the church can do to help homosexuals is tell them the truth. It does no good to surgar coat something and make people beleive they are going to heaven, even if they are a homosexual when that is not the truth.

    Deliverance is possible with Jesus Christ to help.

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