LGBTQ – Good Fruit and Bad Fruit

The following is part of an email received recently from Pastor Bill:

I read this blog today from a friend and I thought of you – https://www.theflamingyeats.com/the-blog/2019/3/11/turning-the-corner. Susan is married to Lindsay, a former Cru staff worker; both were key leaders in their evangelical churches. I found this blog so interesting because it highlights that in her life, the shame of the conservative evangelical approach to LGBTQ is what kept her from God, and as soon as she named her attractions and lived into them, she experienced a ton of freedom and spiritual growth. That ties in a bit to the ‘good fruit’ comment I made in the last email – about how so much of the conservative fruit is bad and so much of the progressive fruit I’ve seen is good. More on that at a later time.
Grace and peace to you
How did the shame of the conservative evangelical approach to LGBTQ keep her from God?
How is the conservative fruit bad in this regard and the progressive fruit good?
(Perhaps I should have asked Pastor Bill more questions in preparation for this blog. Maybe he can expound on it here, too.)
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2 thoughts on “LGBTQ – Good Fruit and Bad Fruit

  1. I suppose if we’re autonomos and we can define words the way we want to determining what’s good and evil in our own eyes then it’s like Romans 1 says when we disobey God the God of the Scriptures who has revealed himself in Jesus Christ and the holy Scriptures we can easily teach what is bad is good and what is good as bad check it out in Romans 1. As for me and my house we will believe that the Scriptures teacher us who the real God is and how we are to serve him. We will not be a law unto ourselves and read into the Scriptures what we want it to say.

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    1. Pastor Bernie – God bless you and thanks for sharing a bit here. I believe the scriptures are true, as do Susan and Lindsay. That’s the challenge, isn’t it? We’re trying to read them as well as we can, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, in the community of faith, in historical context, in balance with the rest of the word of God. And yet we end up with differing approaches sometimes. So how do we manage that? I think of this quote often in situations like this:

      “If you are looking for verses with which to support slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to abolish slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to oppress women, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to liberate or honor women, you will find them. If you are looking for reasons to wage war, you will find them. If you are looking for reasons to promote peace, you will find them. If you are looking for an outdated, irrelevant ancient text, you will find it. If you are looking for truth, believe me, you will find it.” – Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

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