Put simply, it’s one thing to openly confess same-sex attraction, another to claim one is a ‘Gay Christian’. One would never identify as a ‘Fornicating Christian’ or a ‘Murdering Christian’, etc. Paul in 1 Corinthians 6 actually points to a new identity in Christ that removes identification with former patterns of life (‘And that is what some of you were’). Paul’s language here does not undermine the fact of ongoing sin and temptation, but it does speak to an actual change in the believer. This change means we never again identify with the patterns of this world, or the patterns of our former lives apart from Christ. No appeal to grace can allow for such an under-realized eschatology. Being in Christ means that we are not under sin’s dominion—dead in our trespasses. The label ‘Gay Christian’, in not a few cases, goes overly long to make the case that Christians should embrace their sin, when Paul and the rest of the NT seems to speak in the other direction: the sin is conquered, now embrace the reality of a disciple.
We must speak more strongly when it comes to a latent issue with the label ‘Gay Christian’— the separation of will and action in sin. The use of the label ‘Gay Christian’ too often means there is an assumption that one should not be ashamed of the desire itself, only the action. This is post-Freudian blather. Read more»
North Florida Presbytery PCA (HT: Aquila Report)