Some Reflections On Discussions About Homosexuality With The Gospel Coalition’s Leadership Council -- By: John Piper

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 17:2 (Fall 2012)
Article: Some Reflections On Discussions About Homosexuality With The Gospel Coalition’s Leadership Council
Author: John Piper


Some Reflections On Discussions About Homosexuality With The Gospel Coalition’s Leadership Council

John Piper

Pastor for Preaching and Vision
Bethlehem Baptist Church
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Introduction

In the Spring of 2012, the Leadership Council of The Gospel Coalition (TGC) met for its annual discussions of current issues and the state of gospel-centered ministry among evangelicals. Of the many panel discussions, the most illuminating to me was the one on homosexuality.

The four reflections below were triggered by insightful comments made by the panel participants. But I have developed the thoughts, and I take responsibility for everything in the remainder of this article.

These four reflections are to be read as the completion of the message I gave at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Sunday, June 17, 2012, titled “‘Let Marriage Be Held in Honor’—Thinking Biblically About So-Called Same-Sex Marriage.”1 I mentioned at the end of that message that there was much more to say and that I would say some of it elsewhere.2

Christ Swallows Up Eroticism In Something Much Bigger

One panelist at The Gospel Coalition discussions of homosexuality said he knew a dozen joyfully married Christian couples with children, in which one of each couple was formerly gay or lesbian. He said that this does not mean there are no more homosexual desires or fantasies. The reason these marriages work is because love and marriage and life are now seen in a much larger scope. The relationship is seen as much more than an occasion for erotic expression.

It’s this bigness of life and love and relationships that Christ brings. He attaches the soul to grand realities. Everything is seen in relation to God and his larger purposes. He reminds us that there will be no marrying or giving in marriage in the age to come. So sexual intercourse cannot be at the heart of human identity. It is temporary. Humans are not.

So one key to enjoying marriage while still having same-sex desires is to let Christ enlarge your vision of what a relationship can be, and what a life together can be in the service of Christ.

Beware Of Naïve Assumptions And False Stereotypes

We should beware of overly-simple generalizations in dealing with people with same-sex attraction, and we should deepen our analysis of what is really going on in a person’s soul.

For example, a woman may be a predatory lesbian and a man may be merely experimenting because he longs for male friendship. To deal with these two cases in the same ...

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