Reverent Responses

You Must Change to Walk With God
Rev. Vera I. Bourne Responds


[Posted on January 29, 2001]

Dear Victor,

I praise God that you are aware that God loves every person, and that in your God-given sexuality you are content. God surely does expect change in our lives as we walk daily with our Creator. Sometimes those changes are subtle, and other times they are the result of dramatic events in our lives. But the lives, attitudes and understanding of all Christians should be in a state of flux due to God's movement in each person's life. You are correct in the statement that sometimes we are asked to deny ourselves. This is especially true if what we have sought in the past has been primarily for our own satisfaction and not for God's glory. The beatitudes list those things that are acceptable in God's sight, but seem appalling in our own understanding.

The text you have quoted from Leviticus 20:13 is but part of a list of taboos, and refers to the practise of Temple prostitution, in which fertility rites were celebrated to ensure good harvests and healthy flocks. From verse nine to verse twenty-one of this chapter a variety of sexual taboos are proclaimed and the penalty for each of these is horrific, and would never be considered in today's society. Instead of concentrating on a passage which relates to a form a cultic worship which has no place in our society I would refer you to verses seven and eight of this passage, which read: "Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy.

The passage you have quoted from 1st. Timothy Chapter four does indeed warn us to be on our guard against any who would be led by deceiving spirits. I thank you for reminding me of these people at this point in the world's history. The following verses, three and four, list the deceptions that such people proclaim. "They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer."

Once again I offer you my gratitude, and I will go before God with thanksgiving my creation just as I am, a homosexual who is consecrated by the word of God and by prayer.

My prayers go with you, that you too may know the Christ who sustains me,

Shalom,

Vera