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Sanctification and the Gay Christian – Reformed Orthodoxy | GOF91

Sanctification and the Gay Christian – Reformed Orthodoxy | GOF91

There is more than one path in our journey in sanctification. Today, however, most evangelicals insist that the process of sanctification for the gay Christian leads to heterosexuality with orientation change as the inevitable conclusion. Forty years ago, a different evangelical vision was held by some of the most prominent theological thinkers. What was their vision?

Sanctification and the Gay Christian - Reformed Orthodoxy | GOF91

by Dr. Jonathan G. Smith | Season 3

This Episode’s Topic: A New Vision For Grace On Fire

To better understand why this issue matters, when Gay Christians are forced to accept orientation change as an inevitable conclusion, for many a glass ceiling emerges that can never be broken. Many well-meaning conservative Evangelicals, who hold to the gospel, have bought into that conclusion. But is such a position “biblical”?

Dr. Greg Johnson of Memorial Presbyterian in St. Louis recently authored an article that shows a very different vision was held by one of the most conservative denominations of its time. You can access the entire article here:

Take Aways From Today’s Episode

Four key points from the article.

  1. Orientation change was not assumed in 1980.
  2. Calling oneself a Gay Christian (homosexual) was not idolatrous in 1980.
  3. Fear induced by the political climate as well as fear to come out was a problem in 1980.
  4. Our Spiritual Fathers better understood how to care for and love LGBTQ people and families.

The content of these points is adapted from Dr. Greg Johnson’s article, “10 Surprising Facts About the 1980 RPCES Report on Homosexual Christians” which first appeared October 4, 2018 on The Aquila Report.

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Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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