Can Christianity and homosexuality go together? Many in the gay community, including some liberal pastors, think so, but here is the account of one who thought differently.
Ever since high school Allan Edwards had an attraction to other men. He shared his concerns openly while attending a Christian college. Then he went on to become the pastor of a conservative Presbyterian church in Pennsylvania. Since the pastor considered the Bible to be the center of the Christian faith, he asked the question of whether scripture taught against living a gay life. He concluded that it did and, therefore, did not seek to justify it. He wanted his identity to be in Jesus Christ, not homosexuality, and could in no way follow the Bible’s teaching and that to. This goes totally against the thinking of the so-called “Christian homosexuals” who have tried to make scripture fit what they want it to mean.
Some homosexuals have said it is a matter of interpretation. There is a key passage, however, that is very plain in black and white. Romans 1:27 says “…men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts…” This verse is in the context of a downward progression of immorality earlier in the chapter. This pastor chose to take the clarity of scripture and live by it. Others with gay tendencies, however, have rewritten biblical teaching into the New Queen James Version, the “Bible” of the gay community. He opted to counter his tendency toward male attraction by “crucifying the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Gal 5:24)
This pastor’s decision based upon biblical teaching puts the gay community in a rather awkward position. After all, anyone professing to be a Christian should follow the Bible, but instead they are twisting its teaching into conformity with their desires, while at the same time calling the real Christians intolerant.
This story has much broader application. We, as Christians, are not to live according to lustful desires and feelings but in obedience to spiritual truth. There is a natural tendency to do many things because of our sin nature, but that does not make them right. What do you struggle with? Are you involved in any activities or lifestyles that may need to be brought into check by obedience to God’s word?
How has all of this played out in pastor Allan Edward’s life? He is happily married to a woman.