LGBTQ – Prelogos

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

I have written an extensive blog series (12 posts) on my Swedish blog about LGBTQ issues within the church in general and the Salvation Army in Sweden in particular. I was undecided whether or not I should post it in english as well, but when Sven Jungholm asked last week if he could translate and post […]

LGBTQ part 1 – Introduction

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

Part 1 – Introduction From the Swedish – HBTQ: Homosexual. Bisexual, Transgender, Queer movement in Sweden 2012

 It was an ordinary day (as if there are ordinary days for those who follow the Spirit’s leading), and the Holy Spirit tells Philip that he must go down to the desert road. There Philip is instructed to stay […]

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LGBTQ part 2 – Hermeneutics

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

LGBTQ Part – 2 “ We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.“ These are the opening words of the Salvation Army’s eleven doctrines. And it is here that one must begin each theological discussion. […]

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LGBTQ part 3 – Science

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

Part 3 -2012 LGBTQ and Science Before moving to and delving into the depth of the biblical text, we might want to look at what science has to say on the GLBT issue, primarily to clarify the position (starting point) on which the following texts are based. An entire dissertation could be written on what science […]

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LGBTQ part 4 – Scripture

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

Of course, one must carefully consider the scripture portions that deal with homosexuality. It may be interesting to take into account the fact that there are six Bible verses (three OT and three NT) and two Old Testament stories traditionally associated with homosexuality. Set this against the more than 600 Bible verses that talk about […]

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LGBTQ part 5 – Jesus

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

After a review of the scriptures that have traditionally been used to describe and condemn homosexual acts, it’s deemed important to consider Jesus’ awkward silence on the issue. It is not unimportant to note that Jesus did not speak out on this issue. Jesus is the head of the Church and the individual disciples’ headmaster. […]

The Hypocrisy of the Charlie Hebdo Critics

LGBTQ part 6 – Double standards

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

The church in general and the SA in particular (at least for the moment) in the aftermath of the Eyewitness News program “Cold Facts” – followed closely in FSAOF blog) is under constant attack from the public where the Church is called to account for the prevailing double standards and selective biblical adherence. There are […]

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LGBTQ part 7 – Pastoral care

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

The LGBTQ issue has always created friction between the way we understand and interpret the Bible’s view of holiness and how we as pastors are to preserve order, caring for and counselling LGBTQ people. The greatest dichotomy is perhaps between whether we are called to “liberate” LGBTQ people or to have a conversation with LGBTQ […]

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LGBTQ part 8 – Four possible approaches

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

There are probably as many ways to approach LGBTQ issues as there are people with opinions. What follows is a summary of the second half of “One family’s story” written by Bishop Paul Wenner Egertson and found in Walter Wink’s book: Homosexuality and the Christian Faith (pages 28-30). Bishop Paul Wenner Egertson depicts four different approaches to […]

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LGBTQ part 9 – The Salvation Army

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

The problem persists in the Salvation Army, of today. In which way can we include LGBTQ persons in our fellowship without creating groupings; an A team and a B team? How can the Corps offer (church) membership in the Salvation Army in a positive manner that allows LGBTQ persons to feel valued, appreciated and loved […]

LGBTQ part 10 – Recommended reading

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

Recommended reading Andrew Marin – Love as an Orientation – Elevating the conversation with the gay community. (Paperback – Amazon UK, Kindle International) Jay Bakker – Fall to grace – A Revolution of God, Self & Society (Hardcover – Amazon UK, Kindle international) Walter Wink – Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of conscience for the churches  (Paperback – Amzon UK, Kindle […]

LGBTQ part 12 – coming out

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

Sitting here pondering and reflecting on some of the discussions that have come out of LGBT posts here on the blog. The first thing that strikes me is that there are so few persons leaving comments in relation to the high number of visitors. I think that fear may be a large factor, both for […]

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LGBTQ part 11 – Continued conversation

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

Following many words and much wrestling with the scriptures, doctrines, and my own faith, I have come to find, that no matter how I read the biblical text, I can never escape from my commission to love the Lord with all my soul, with all my heart and with all my strength. And to love […]

Before you “come out” as a LGBTQ ally in church…

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series LGBTQ and the church

I am watching a fellow Salvationist lament on the LGBTQ oppressive teaching they are getting at a Salvation Army event. I grieve with here and cringe inwardly at the damage being done in yet another Bible study where no consideration is being given to the possibility of HBTQ people in the room. At the same […]