I’ve long said that the way the church responds to homosexuality will be one of the biggest tests of the next years. Â Recently, two things have occurred that have spoken to where some parts of the church are heading. Â The first was a statement by emergent church leader Tony Jones; the second by ‘out of the closet’ megachurch pastor, Jim Swilley.
The first is a comment by Tony Jones:
â€œI now believe that GLBTQ can live lives in accord with biblical Christianity (as least as much as any of us can!),â€ writes author and church leader Tony Jones, â€œand that their monogamy can and should be sanctioned and blessed by church and state.â€
The second is a message from Jim Swilley, the pastor of a large church in Georgia, who just recently came out saying he was divorcing his wife and living openly as a homosexual. Â My friend, Ed Stetzer, has a great post about the Swilley situation, including Swilley’s video where he ‘comes out’.
Ed closes his statement with a great question. Â I’d like to post it here as well for your consideration and comment:
Is it possible to demonstrate legitimate love and compassion to homosexuals, while believing homosexual behavior itself is sinful? Is there a kind of accountability for pastors that is both realistic and effective? What would that look like? Is it possible to maintain biblical orthodoxy while jettisoning biblical morality?
What do you think? Â How will YOUR church address the issue of homosexuality? Â (Because, I think EVERY church WILL HAVE TO; and very soon).