Friday, August 17, 2007

Second part of Mario Bergner’s contribution to the Listening Process at Stand Firm

Part two of Mario Bergner’s Contribution to the Listening Process is now posted at Stand Firm:

Our most commonly asked question at Redeemed Lives 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.' . . .

In the many years that we have been in existence we have cared for some people who after coming to us for help returned to self-identifying as gay or to embrace other passions of the sinful nature. How did we fail them?

Our early failures at helping people with same-sex attraction were due in part to inexperience. . .

Still, even with all these requirements met, there have been a relatively small number of people who have returned to homosexuality, or embraced other life-controlling conditions of the sinful nature. We have always kept open the doors of love to them. . .

Read it all.

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