If only they had stopped at the affirmation! (Though they have an agenda that I have previously addressed in their code words of “fruitful life,” “pleasing to God,” and what it means to “walk in purity of life.”) The words themselves as lovely without that agenda!
I agree with their denial that same sex attraction puts a person outside the hope of the Gospel!
It’s that denial that sexual attraction for the same sex is part of the natural goodness of God’s original creation part I’m going to take issue with here. And what I’m going to say is that it is irrelevant. Whether it’s true or not is irrelevant. At best it’s theoretical and rooted in one’s already preconceived beliefs about creation and God. At worst it’s a reference to the creation story where God made Adam and Eve and an attempt to extrapolate out of that act God’s intent. The statement and what one believes about God’s original creation go so far beyond this issue that I’m not even going to bother unpacking it here. It’s irrelevant for this discussion except to, once again, insert the justification for what this Statement is doing by referencing foundational beliefs about this issue held by those who wrote it.
The entire point of this article is to try and shame those who experience “same sex attraction” to move into their sphere of influence in order to change their “self conception” so that they will realize they aren’t really gay. It’s manipulative. That’s why they couched it in words of truth – again, setting aside the agenda I know they have and they know they have, they are intentionally wording this in a way that will entice the reader.
In truth, gay people can live a rich and fruitful life (filled with the Fruit of the Spirit) that is pleasing to God!
Being gay does not put you outside the hope of the gospel – or outside of the gospel at all!
That’s all that needs to be said.