There are many ways for churches to address homosexuality. In fact, churches must address homosexuality if they are to reach homosexuals and share that Christ can change the homosexual! The pastor can play a huge role in addressing homosexuality from the pulpit. It is important for pastors to not solely condemn the sin of homosexuality or to solely speak out against the “gay agenda,” but to
always include a message of redemption and hope for change for the homosexual. A compassionate word from the pulpit related to homosexuality can open the doors for ministry to anyone affected by homosexuality.
Christian resources on homosexuality are an excellent means for church members to become educated and for those struggling with homosexuality to find hope and encouragement for change. These are not commonly found in secular or Christian bookstores. However, Regeneration Books, an Exodus referral ministry, offers literally hundreds of solid, biblical books and pamphlets related to homosexuality. These resources can be acquired and placed for sale in church bookstores or added to church libraries.
Also, churches can become educated on homosexuality through speakers or seminars. Exodus has a long list of approved speakers who address various issues related to homosexuality and many Exodus referral ministries are available to conduct classes or seminars as well. (To find an Exodus referral ministry in your area, please visit http://www.exodus.to.)
Finally, the church should address homosexuality the same way it should
address any sin—boldly and with love. Homosexuality is not that different from
any other sin and need not be singled out. Huge strides in ministry will be
accomplished when homosexuality is demystified and the world sees the church
treating all sin equally. A church should never call out a sin without offering
a solution and hope for change!
Mike Goeke is the Vice President of Operations for Exodus International. Prior to serving at Exodus, Mike was the Executive Pastor at Stonegate Fellowship, an SBC church in Midland, Texas. Mike and his wife, Stephanie, are the parents of three young children.