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Note: Liberated Christians is a primarily about heterosexual relationships.
While we are supportive of all sexual orientations, the leaders do not have the
resources to assist them in their special issues. Thus, our Fellowship groups are
not appropriate for gays/lesbians. However, individually Dave (an extreme heterosexual
- Kinsey Scale= 0) has done extensive biblical research and has been active supporting
biblical homosexuality for many years. However, there is no "official"
stand as an organization on homosexuality other than general support.
Suggested Reading List On Christians and Homosexuality:
For a much deeper understanding of the relationship
between the Christian church and the homosexual, please read John J. McNeill's
The Church and the Homosexual. (Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
02108.) This Jesuit priest suffered at the hands of the Nazis when his infantry
division was captured in 1944. With the same courage he has dedicated himself to
awakening the church to the homosexual's contribution to Christian communities.
"The New Testament and Homosexuality" Robin Scroggs,
Prof of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary is a serious theologian and
is favorable reviewed by many theologians. He is a happily married heterosexual
with no personal bias. He includes cites from Boswell and expands further
especially on pederasty and concludes there is nothing biblically wrong with
"Body Theology" James B. Nelson, Professor of
Christian Ethics, United Theological Seminary, New Brighton, Minnesota I mention
it on heterosexual issues but he also says a alt about false homosexual
repression. He is favorable reviewed by theologians at Yale Divinity School and
Xavier University. William Coffin, Pastor Emeritus, Riverside Church of New
York, says "For all pastors, counselors, and especially Church members who are
silent, timid, or negative about sexuality "Body Theology" is a godsend." Nelson
calls Christian Homophobia a sin from Jewish through Christian times due to the
false understandings. What the Bible forbids is acts of lust, rape, idolatry,
violation of religious purity obligations, or pederasty, but not condemnation of
homosexuality in relationships of mutual respect and love. "On the other hand,
the Bible pointedly celebrates instances of same-sex emotional intimacy, a fact
often overlooked by fearful homophobic readers.
"What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality" by
Daniel Helminiask, PH.D., was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1967 and is
incardinated in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. From 1981-1985 was Assoc Prof for
Systematic Theology at Oblate School of Theology and earlier completed his Ph.D.
in systematic theology at Boston College and Andover Newton Theological School.
He currently is a pastoral counselor and a Fellow of the Amer Assn of Pastoral
Counselors and has authored many books and articles. He concludes the Bible says
absolutely nothing about homosexuality being sinful when you examine the actual
"God is not a Homophobe: An unbiased look at Homosexuality
in the Bible" by Philo Thelos
Several books already exist attempting to demonstrate that the Christian Bible
does not, in fact, condemn consenting-adult homosexuality. But God is Not a
Homophobe has a unique perspective in that the author has a lifetime of
experience in pastoring hard-core fundamentalist churches. His former bitter
opposition to all forms of homosexuality has given way to a rational, unbiased
acceptance that the Bible says hardly anything about homosexuality, and what it
does say cannot honestly be used to condemn consenting same-sex unions.
In God Is Not a Homophobe, the author examines in detail every Bible verse and
every Bible-based argument against homosexuality, and concludes with a view
radically different from what is offered by the modern church. His conclusions
will surprise many, and will surely aggravate and anger many more. But he
believes the evidence in this book will stand the test of investigation. This
unbiased look at homosexuality in the Bible gives much food for thought, and
hopefully, much incentive for change in our attitude toward and treatment of
those whose sexual orientation is "different."
For nearly forty years Philo Thelos pastored right wing, fundamentalist,
evangelical churches. Intensive study through those years moved him
progressively away from legalistic, church law and into a more compassionate
view of the human condition. His eyes were also opened to a starkly different
view of ethics and morality than what is common in the modern church.
His driving passion has been to find truth- at whatever cost. He brought into
ministry all the baggage of legalistic religion, complete with its rabid
anti-homosexual rhetoric. But research and prayer have reversed his
pre-conceived views on many matters.
God Is Not A Homophobe is his presentation of the research that led to his
conclusion that the Bible does not condemn consenting adult homosexuality.
"In The Courts Of The Lord" by James Ferry This is
the account of a gay priest and the incredible journey his life took.
'In God's Image - Christian Witness to the Need For
Gay/Lesbian Equality in the Eyes of the Church" By Robert Warren Cromey,
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church
"Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality"
John Boswell was professor of history at Yale and the winner of the 1981
American Book Award For History among other things. Boswell's 400 page book is
renowned as being the most comprehensive study and is the result of ten years of
research. Boswell's extensive study cites from over 100 other scholars works.
Paul Robinson of The New York Times Book Review, says of the book "John Boswell
restores one's faith in scholarship...His knowledge of the relevant scholarly
literature is remarkable, and his book displays the sweep and control that one
finds only in the work of a major historian. Newsweek in its review said "An
astonishing work of scholarship that ranges with ease over fourteen centuries,
almost as many languages..." Boswell goes on for 60 pages just on lexicography,
texts and translations. He takes the biblical language very seriously. Boswell
was a price winning, respected historian before his death from AIDS. Because he
was also gay does in no way take away from his research was has been supported
by many non-gay Christian theologians.
"Stranger At The Gate" by Mel White
Mel While, one of the most respected evangelical writers coming out of the gay
closet. Mel was ghost writer for many of the books and speeches of Pat
Robertson, Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham. This book details the authors
attempts to hide from his natural homosexuality and his own journey as well as
examine the religious rights agenda. White is now Dean of Dallas s Cathedral of
Hope, the largest gay church in the world.
"Is The Homosexual My Neighbor?" by Latha Dawson
Scanzoni This is the revised edition of the classic book that calls for
Christians to reexamine their beliefs and attitudes toward homosexuals. The
authors look at homosexuality from biblical, scientific and psychological
perspectives. An excellent resource.
"But Lord, They're Gay" By Rev. Sylvia Pennington.
Author was a straight women who went to San Francisco was a missionary to save
Gay people and found God in The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) like she had
never experienced God before.
Quotes From Others of Different Christian Denominations:
Baptist Rev Dr. William R. Stayton, Divinity degree from Andover
Newtown Theological School and on faculty of LaSalle University's Grad program
in Religious studies: - "There is nothing in the Bible regarding homosexual
orientation. In fact, the Bible does not concern itself with sexual orientation.
It does speak against gang rape, male prostitution for religious purposes, and
pederasty. I lead bible study programs on this subject and am convinced that the
Bible does not address the issue of a person's sexual orientation."
Presbyterian Rev. Dr. George R. Edwards, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of New
Testament Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary - "God does not regard
homosexuality as a sin any more than heterosexuality."
Catholic Sister Mary Ann Ford, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for 39
years - "Homosexual orientation is set by age five or six..it is not a matter of
choice..How then could an all-loving God possibly violate Divine nature and
regard homosexuals as sinners?.
United Church of Christ: Dr. Karen Lebacqz, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Ethics
Pacific School of Religion, BS degree in Biblical history from Wellesley College
and Masters and Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University - "Scripture speaks
negatively about certain behaviors, most notably temple prostitution, not about
basic orientation or about loving gay/lesbian relationships. What God DOES
regard as a sin is oppression, injustice, persecution, disrespect for persons.
This sin, then, is homophobia, gay-bashing, refusal to include
lesbian/gay/bisexual people into our churches - that IS a sin."
United Methodist: Bishop Melvin Wheatley, retired after 33 years as pastor and
12 years as bishop of the Denver area. - "The scriptures at no point deal with
homosexuality as sexual orientation...Those acts labeled as wrong out of the
context of the times in which the writers wrote and perceived those acts to be
either idolatrous, exploitative, or pagan. The kind of relationships between two
consenting adults of the same sex which are mutual, affirming and fulfilling are
not dealt with in the Scriptures. Homosexuality is an authentic condition of
being with which some persons are endowed (a gift of God, if you please), not an
optional sexual lifestyle which they have willfully, whimsically or sinfully
Only the false teachings of tradition church doctrine condemns a whole class of
citizens. This should be a serious issue that Christians need to confront and
deal with. Many clergy are stepping forward. But most mainline denominations for
the most part, still indoctrinate in the name of God, the false biblical
teachings. Even though I am very heterosexual and have no personal issue in
these matters, it greatly upsets me that any should suffer for being what God
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