I am a lesbian and I am not Christian. I stumbled upon this site, and, even though it is not my religion, I absolutely love it! I think it’s wonderful to hear such a refreshing, acceptant voice, and, I think is an important wonderful thing that the people at Whosoever are doing for LGBT people who are Christian and have been told that they are seen as wrong in the eyes of God, when he is said to love all. Keep it up!
Editor: Hi! I’m an ally, and I have a friend who’s bi, and we’ve been Followers of Christ for about a year. Recently in youth group we’ve been discussing “What does it mean when God is inclusive and all-loving, but the only way to Him is through Jesus,” and we ran into a number of passages in our search for an answer that seemed damning to GLBTs. This website has helped us both find clarity and understanding. Thank you so much and God bless! Skye Editor: I just want to thank you so much for this Web site. I am so glad you are teaching real Biblical truth. God is for everyone. Someone very close to me is gay and I want to help end the discrimination and intolerance, not just for him, but many more people like him. Again, thank you. I will be praying for your ministry to grow and prosper. You are truly a blessing. Jeremy
Editor: I believe that dealing with the transgender, and the whole LBGT spectrum, requires a new look at how the basic tenets of grace, mercy and love need to be re-examined and perhaps new paradigms applied across the entire range of Christian denominations. This also requires a whole new look at the theologies involved with suffering. Many will cite that “God’s grace is sufficient…”, yet do not have the slightest degree of knowledge of exactly how much this is not a free choice, nor how intense and unrelenting the rift between brain and body becomes an increasingly horrific torment to mind, body and soul. Unfortunately, way too many Christians that I have experienced demand that I repent and go back to who I was before I started – and completed – the process of transition. It would seem that the adage of “Love the sinner, hate the sin…” frequently becomes a matter of pragmatically hating both, as the hatred they are experiencing is nothing more than xenophobia and bigotry.
Right now, when a person comes out as a transsexual they will lost their church and much of their family ties due to overly stringent theological of dogmatic tenets of much of mainstream Christianity. This, unfortunately, has been pretty much my experience. I have been beaten, raped and abused in many other ways for being transgender, or more specifically intersex.
Over the last 5 years I lost my church of many years of membership. While searching for a new church, I was frequently asked to leave before the service started – and once right in the middle of a sermon on grace. I have been subjected repeatedly to the scripture in Romans 1:18-28. When I try to reason with Christians with logic like 1 in every 30 children are born with some form of defect, they will counter with, “We are not talking of that 1 in 30, we are talking about you…”
I am relatively new to this site and expect to find much that is germane to what I now see as the things God has given me to do, flawed and imperfect as I may be.
Editor: I don’t recall what links upon links finally landed at your website, but I don’t suppose that really matters. I am only writing to tell you and your contributors to keep writing. What you are doing is so vitally important, and I am deeply moved to see the work you are doing. I am standing in solidarity with you, and I am deeply sorry for the way you are marginalized in Christian churches. Thank you for all that you do, and for your simple message of love for everyone, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, or sexual orientation. Your message of responding to hate with love is one that we all need to learn. Stephanie