They were a strong Christian family, so after a while they would invite me to their church performances, their Sunday schools and prayer meetings. Is there a vocation for those gays and lesbians God has not called to either heterosexual marriage or celibate community? This is not to say that homosexual desire is the only thing that God did not originally intend. Generally, homosexual orientation is experienced as a given, not as something freely chosen. God creates these relationships because within the limits of our given sexuality we are always called out of isolation into community. This was obvious enough to the Reformers years ago and it should be equally obvious to the church today. Homosexual sin is not unique.
To begin with, I need to understand with you what we mean when we say that a "word" is addressed to the church, because there are many words to which you or I could appeal for authority.
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But I agree with Max Stackhouse that "it is likely that nothing less than an understanding of and a commitment to covenantal mutuality under God can bring moral and spiritual coherence to what is otherwise experienced as a seething, chaotic mass of dominations and arbitrariness. I believe God does not intend for any one to be alone but to live in companionship. This was obvious enough to the Reformers years ago and it should be equally obvious to the church today. Your relationship with him is going to look different than anyone else's relationship with him. He was shipwrecked several times, many days without food, and fleeing for his life, often.
Virtually Normal by Andrew Sullivan Writer, blogger, and gay Catholic, Andrew Sullivan analyzes the politics of the homosexuality debate. Conversion and sanctification Ultimately, the purpose of same-sex covenants, like the covenants of heterosexual marriage and celibate community, is conversion and sanctification. Our sin wasn't merely overlooked. Until recent decades, same-sex behavior was placed in the same category with gluttony or drunkenness — as a vice of excess anyone might be prone to — not as the expression of a sexual orientation. This is a profoundly counter-cultural vision of human sexuality and one that can be helpful as we struggle with the moral question that is before us: In the end he, too, found it necessary to interpret the plain sense of Scripture in light of advances in modern knowledge.