Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Pastoral Care for Homosexuality by Mario Bergner

Mario Bergner is an Anglican priest and Director of Redeemed Life Ministries in Chicago.

Our most commonly asked question at Redeemed Life Ministries is, ‘How can I help someone who is struggling with homosexuality?' My first response is to ask a few questions: ‘Is the person struggling a Christian? Has he or she been baptized, regenerated and converted in Jesus Christ?'

If the answer is, ‘No, they are not a Christian', then the primary need is not to address their homosexuality, but to introduce them to the Great Physician himself, Jesus . The message of the Gospel is not, ‘Jesus loves you and wants to change your homosexuality.' It is John 3:16, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.' If available, I suggest they attend the nearest Alpha course or I evangelize them myself.

If the answer is, ‘Yes, they are a Christian', then I ask, ‘Do they want to change their homosexuality?' They may have wanted to change their homosexuality, but searched for help, found none and lost hope. Others may want to change their homosexuality, but have not bothered looking for help because they did not know such help is available. Still others do not want to change their homosexuality and believe they can marry immorality with Christianity.

Read it here. UPDATE: Oops! The link has been removed.