Please Note: This article refers to liberal, moderate, and conservative theological philosophies. Do not confuse these approaches to biblical interpretation and application with the political philosophies of the same names.
While members of this community may share some or all of these perspectives, this document outlines my approach to Scripture.
Foremost, this is a Christian community. My faith in Christ is the basis for all that you see here. Before being gay, I am a Christians. I strive to maintain absolute allegiance to my Lord and Savior’s truth, despite the social or personal prices I am sometimes asked to pay in order to do so.
But, the Christian community as a whole, like every other community, is diverse. Even within the affirming community, varying approaches to Scripture abound. Generally though, one’s approach is either theologically liberal, theologically moderate, or theologically conservative.
Liberal theologies often minimize the relevance and importance of Scripture. While theologically liberal Christians may not be altogether dismissive of Scripture, it carries much less weight or authority in the hearts and minds of those who subscribe to this biblical approach. Scripture is seen more as a work of man, which may or may not have had divine influence; and as such, it is an interesting read, especially when validating a particular viewpoint, but is, nonetheless, not really authoritative in matters of faith and practice.
Moderate theologies are much more mainstream within the Christian Church. From this perspective, Scripture is considered inspired in some abstract or arbitrary way, but it’s not necessarily considered infallible. As such, Scripture is generally viewed as either equal to or moderately weightier than other philosophies that do and/or should inform our worldview as Christians.
Conservative theologies are derived from the perspective that Scripture is a divine product transmitted through human agency. Theologically conservative Christians believe that the message from God is accurately preserved in the original autographs of Scripture, and that our modern translations are—although subject to human error—sufficient for discerning all of God’s revealed truths. Scripture is considered infallible, and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
Liberal and moderate approaches to theology abound within the gay-affirming Christian community. Just do a Google search for “LGBT or Gay Christian” and the majority of results will be from these perspectives. Indeed, very few gay-affirming resources are available for those who approach Scripture from a theologically conservative perspective.
This proverbial drought of conservative approaches to affirming theology is one of the primary reasons for this website’s existence. My goal is to fill the void of theological conservatism within the gay Christian community, so that those who disagree with affirming theology, or those who seek to understand it from a conservative point of view can have ready access to resources that follow their own theological approach to Scripture.
Why is this important?
The Christian Church must be freed from the anti-gay quagmire that bad theology has resulted in. It must rediscover the fundamentals of our faith—love, acceptance, patience, kindness, and justice. We can no longer afford to preach such virtues while denying them to so many members of our human family.
Now, liberal and moderate Christians do not have as overwhelming a level of theological baggage to wade through as do conservative Christians, for their view of Scripture allows them to accept their gay neighbors without the apparent conflict with Scripture serving as a bulwark against affirmation. While this doesn’t prevent conflicts over theological matters, it’s not nearly as challenging as conflicts arising from theologically conservative approaches to Scripture.
Because conservative Christians view Scripture as right and good in every way, what it appears to teach on the surface seems diametrically opposed to all that homosexuality (and its related orientations) represents. This ministry intends to resolve these conflicts, but not by twisting and contorting Scripture, or by minimizing or dismissing it. My goal is to reconcile Scripture and homosexuality, all the while upholding the standards of true theological conservatism—true in that I always endeavor to follow the Scriptures wherever they lead, rather than forcing a traditionalist agenda onto the text, as my theologically conservative brothers and sisters so often do.
All of this being said, I have no illusions that I can curb anti-gay bigotry altogether. But I don’t believe that the majority of anti-gay Christians are bigots. Many simply do not have a proper understanding of what the Scriptures speak concerning the relevant issues. Rather than having a root of bigotry and hatred toward homosexuals, many people are well-intentioned Christians who, I believe, are victims of their own ignorance (lack of sound information on this matter). Truth be told, many gay Christians are victims of the same. This is a disease that has infected the Church for too long!
So, this ministry will provide a solid biblical framework for affirming theology. My hope is that this theological enlightenment will serve as a springboard to full inclusion and affirmation within the Church.