Volume 3: Issue 4
Table Of Contents
Cover Story: Hope:
The most powerful word ever used by Jesus was "whosoever" and that means gay believers have a place in the ultimate plan of God. Despite all the despair and seeming hopelessness faced by gay Christians, we still have a right to hope, that ultimately, we too, will be part of the kingdom of
Being a bisexual male, the last place I ever
expected to find hope was in God, but it was only through my faith in God and
in the accepting and liberating teachings about what God is really all about
that Jesus died to give us that I eventually did find hope, affirmation,
self-acceptance, inner peace, and harmony.
The freedom to live in the hope that Jesus gives is being denied to many homosexuals by homophobic religious demands and promises that are based on abusive use of the Bible and on flawed and discredited psychology. The truth, however, will set you free.
Our hope is still where it always has been. It is found in Jesus
I gave up on God and gave up on myself. I was tired of being sick and tired
and gave in to HIV. I actually wanted to die.
A Hope Tested
Katherine Cecilia-Louise Henne
As Gays, Lesbians, Transsexuals and Bisexuals our hope is put to the test as we are victimized and discriminated against every day.
We as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Christians strive to answer the call to love and worship the eternal and supernatural Creator of the universe, we must hold onto the hope that there is something better than this world.
I will listen to God. I have put my hope in Him. I do not belong to this world. I have to live in it but I am not a part of it.
My hope had been whittled away by years of mistreatment and what I
perceived as wasted prayers, I was down to just one last hope. Hope of
a new life, of being loved, safe, and well nourished.
More Thoughts On Hope
-- By: Brian Croft and Robert de los Santos
During my involvement with the group, I did everything I was
instructed to do in order to change what was in my head--fasting,
prayer therapy, confession, crying into my pillow, guilt, seeking to
find the cause of my gayness.
Don't make me work or think about God.
Just tell me who God is and tell me what is O.K. to do and what isn't. That's
where many of our Christian brothers and sisters are, in their walk with
I received a Calling of the Holy Spirit on November 11, 1996, to plant an MCC Church in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. I had left an exceptionally great job after 8 years, and couldn't really understand WHY.
A nagging realization began to grow within me. I liked women. In fact, I was very much attracted to women. I vacillated between feeling shameful, and hopeful.
Paulk along with his "former lesbian" wife Anne have become symbols of
the "Ex-Gay" push for acceptance and approval of "reparative therapy"
and religious transformation of homosexuals into heterosexuals.
The statistics that Joe Dallas uses in his book to equate homosexuality
with child molesting and the destruction of family values are ludicrous
and without validity. I found it very difficult to read the book
because of the clutter of unsubstantiated "facts" and "evidence" that
could not hold up under any objective examination.
As I reflect on
your crusades I find myself asking whether your consuming hatred is
really a public cry for help. By this I mean are you telling us that you
have lost your relationship with God?
Readers sound off on what they like and dislike about Whosoever.
Readers share their praises.
From The Pulpit:
...when the improbable is
mistaken for the impossible, at that moment when we actually believe that our spirits are wasting away, as our bodies are, and
God couldn't possibly have any more surprises in store for us, at that moment when we have settled in to things the way they
are, instead of things the way they can be through the hope of God.
But what is it that is strong enough to bind together the warring opposites inside us? What is it that is great enough to embrace all our pain and
all our fears? What is it that can stop the biting serpents? The answer of the text, and the answer of the Gospel, is the love of God, a love
greater than which, and stronger than which, nothing can be conceived.
Bible Study and Inspiration:
The ridicule and rejection of cross-dressers as expressed by mainstream
society is so strong that the most consistent advice I have received from
others was to never tell anyone! There is an incredible fear that we will
lose our wives, our children, our jobs; everything of importance. That fear
becomes even more palpable for those who wish to have a personal relationship
To understand the relation of this passage
to our present-day lives, I don't think it is necessary to go on and on
about how the first century understood sexuality or the sorts of perversions
that may have put Paul off. The overriding question is, Is Paul correct in
his main point?
On first reading, the text appears to be unequivocal in its condemnation of physical relations between members of the same sex, and the prescribed penalty for such behavior is death.
Such an extreme reaction merits close attention to context.
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