Yes, if they trust in Jesus. Are straight people saved? Same answer.

A young adult started coming to our church in California and through a new member class gave his heart to Jesus. He attended Trinity for some years, then we lost touch. I found out that he was in a gay lifestyle and later that he was dying in our local hospital of AIDS. I called him because I wanted to lift shame and encourage him to keep saying yes to Jesus. The thief on the cross made some bad decisions, but one good one propelled him into paradise, and we’ll meet him there. My kind and quiet friend told me not to come, maybe out of fear that I would condemn him. God forbid! I wish I had gone anyway to love him and remind him that Jesus is merciful to sinners like us. I hope to God that he died in the arms of Jesus when he left us days later. I am crying as I write this, thinking about his torment.

What makes me even sadder is that our friend may have been living in fear the whole time he was with us, terrified that we might find out that he was different, cursed with a same-sex attraction and condemned to loneliness. I wish he could have sensed sufficient love to take a risk. We would have embraced him–literally and symbolically just as we did with men who struggled like most men I know with opposite-sex attraction, some of whom were addicted to porn. Were they saved? Thank God they were!

Why do I wish I got close enough to him to hear his silent sorrow? Because I and the church need to be where the Lord is, and He is “near the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18), which gives me hope that I will see him, my brother in Christ, in heaven.

Same-sex attraction has impulses and desires that affect family structures and often leaves its victims single and lonely their entire lives. Although some have experienced the miracle of rewiring, a large chunk of Christians with same sex attractions will end up single throughout their life–and die struggling to believe for a change.

How would it feel to think that God placed in your body a curse that alienates you from the church, the community of love, and that both they and God Himself hate you? Listen to me: I am not making this up. The church needs to be radical in its love AND embrace. Is your sin more sanctified than theirs?  Where is the attempt to understand, to ask questions rather than make statements, statements that wound the wounded, that condemn the condemned. Love is not passive. Have you talked to them? Do you know that they have prayed a thousand times for God to take away this curse of same-sex attraction, that they have not chosen it? Why is the suicide rate strikingly high among them? If you are hated, you are going to hate yourself.  And you live in fear that straight people will find out and shun you as they have shunned others.

Someone wanted me to write a hard-hitting blog. I am writing it–for the people who are supposed to get it and to be merciful. Dear friends in Christ, be merciful, as your heavenly Father is merciful!

8 comments on “ARE GAY PEOPLE SAVED?

  1. Dave says:

    Amen to what you have written!

  2. Brent says:

    Amen, I believe what you have written here is keenly aligned with Jesus teachings and with the heart of God that Jesus Christ revealed. The church in America has largely and unknowingly been in alignment with the Accuser with regard to gay people. I was part of it in ignorance. But the Spirit of advocacy beacons ALL sinners to come to Christ with confession of sins and repentance to receive mercy. Through Christ mercy triumphs over judgement! For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save it. Keep writing and teaching as the Holy Spirit leads.

  3. Richard Wexler says:

    Paul, I just “stumbled” across this article. I say stumbled because I’m not connected to your blog and am not sure how I came across it. But I’m glad I did. I’ve had the same thoughts about how Christians should love and relate to homosexuals, but when I’ve expressed them, they are quickly dismissed. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one with that perspective. Blessings to you and your family.

  4. John says:

    Hi Paul, Love the sinner, hate the sin. If a person is a practicing homosexual, without forgiveness, the significance of that particular sin calls for condemnation. Alcoholics have those tendencies at birth and must overcome them. Not unlike homosexuals. It’s my belief that too many churches are in fear of preaching God’s truth on this topic in recent years and to me – sadly so. Homosexuals must hear about the love of God, but they MUST also fully understand the consequences of their sin. If we avoid that truth, God help us.

    • Johnny:
      Good to hear you say this. Absolutely true. The people I am counseling are solid-rock Christians who are not engaged in the lifestyle of homosexuality. They find themselves attracted to the same sex and are praying for that propensity to leave them. Sometimes it does and people can marry and experience a healthy life. Others choose to stay single because they will not live out their distorted attraction. Were I in the company of people who are practicing homosexuals and at the same time claiming to be Christians, I would seek to bring Biblical truth to bear. Sadly, the ELCA has jumped ship on this matter and will be held accountable for not offering people a way out, certainly not the loving thing to do, since it is void of truth.

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