Resources

…on the subject of being gay and Christian. If you want to deal with a subject you have not  dealt closely with before out of a heart of love, you will habe to be open and really try to understand the other one. Even if this costs an effort. It is great if you are ready to do so!  If you are gay yourself you will find in these materials people who have wanted to follow Jesus faithfully and  have had the same struggles as you concerning how to manage the fact of being gay and of being Christian at the same time. Here, you find their conclusions which may be considerably helpful for you, too.

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This video is a documentary that shows the situation of Christians who are gay or transgendered and what they are going through. It also reflects the inner processes their parents, their fellow Christians and their preachers go through. It's worth while seeing the video until the end. Switch off the subtitles if you don't need them. 

- Books -

Exchanging the Truth of God for a Lie (Jeremy Marks)
Exchanging the Truth of God for a Lie (Jeremy Marks)

The author, a British counsellor and pastor founded and directed the organisation Courage for 25 years, the aim of which was to help gay and lesbian Christians live their Christian lives in accordance with their Lord and in fellowship with one another. For the longest time, this happened with the understanding that homosexuality could not have any expression that could be approved by God. Therefore the help  consisted in finding ways to overcome this part of their identity. In 2001, Courage (UK) shook the evangelical world by changing its pastoral approach to one that fully supports committed same-sex partnerships, rather than insisting upon lifelong celibacy or seeking a change of sexual orientation. In the book the author describes both his former view and the way he was guided to another understanding. He accompanies the reader the same process of understanding. The cover page says rightly "This book describes the tortuous journey to understand God's heart for gay people in the 21st Century.    Order via Amazon


Torn (Justin Lee)
Torn - Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate (Justin Lee)

In this book the American author and founder of the Gay Christian Network Justin Lee describes in a very honest and open way his personal struggle to find how he could live in accordance to the will of God, as a man who does not feel any attraction for women but for men. It shows what he faced in the evangelical world that surrounded him and reflects therefore both the general Christian position and the resulting misery and total lack of perspective that this creates in a man like himself. He also shows his resistance against "re-inventing" the known Bible verses and theological understandings about homosexuality and where his search eventually lead him to. The book obviously reflects the American Christian situation and culture but is valuable reading for Christians of other cultural backgrounds, too, both for people who struggle themselves with their homosexuality and being Christian, and others who try to understand their gay children, relatives or church members in order to find an appropriate answer according to the will of God.  Order via author's website

God and the Gay Christian (Matthew Vines)
God and the Gay Christian (Matthew Vines)

As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of many young people: to someday share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. the Bible he'd been taught, condemned gay relationships. Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality. With care and precision, Vines asked questions such as: Do biblical teachings on the marriage covenant preclude same-sex marriage or not? How should we apply the teachings of Jesus to the gay debate? Can celibacy be a calling when it is mandated, not chosen? What did Paul have in mind when he warned against same-sex relations?  His book is a great help to everybody who seeks to please God in accordance to the Bible, for people who are attracted by the same sex rather than the opposite, without jumping into a liberal "do what you feel" position.    Order via author's website