How Do We Love Sinners Without Condoning Their Sin?

Episode 176 Show Notes 

How Do We Love Sinners Without Condoning Their Sin?

From the Show

I recently read an article from the BBC about a 14 year old girl who committed suicide because of her fear that her church wouldn’t accept her as a Gay Christian. Her former church now professes to be an inclusive Church, “embracing everyone, regardless of gender, race, disability or sexuality”. Was this the right response of her church?”

We've regularly had, on our White Horse Inn program, speakers and writers who are ministers even, in good standing, and they are same-sex attracted, but they're celibate. They don't say, “I'm a Gay Christian,” they say, “I'm a Christian, that's my identity, which means that I have this more than anything else in my life I need to repent of. You have something more than anything else in your life that you need to repent of, that thing you think of when your conscience tells you that you have a special issue you need to address, well, this is mine. And I am addressing it and I'm fighting it, I am remaining celibate, I'm not giving in to that temptation.” That is a godly Christian. That is repentance. That is inclusive. Inclusive of all sinners who repent and trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the power to say no to sin. — Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. Why are certain groups like Mormons better at evangelism than certain protestant groups?

2. I recently read an article from the BBC about a 14 year old girl who committed suicide because of her fear that her church wouldn’t accept her as a Gay Christian. Once that information came out, her former church has since changed their stance on Gay Marriage. They now profess to be an inclusive Church, “embracing everyone, regardless of gender, race, disability or sexuality”. Was this the right response of her church?

3. I am still struggling with some of the sins that I committed when I was a new Christian, and now after being a Christian for more than 15 years it feels like I haven’t made much progress at all. How can I get past some of these sins and continue to grow?

4. What does Paul mean in 1 Corinthians when he says that the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing?

5. Does being gospel-centered mean we shouldn’t care about non-essentials like the nature of the church or baptism?

Resources

"Such Were Some of You": A Personal Account of the Power of the Gospel

God Chooses the Weak and Outcast

An Open Letter to Those Frustrated by Their Progress in Sanctification

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