A Pastoral Approach
Towards Persons with a
Faith and Life Commission Virginia Mennonite Conference 901 Parkwood Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22802 Telephone: 540-434-9727
In 1983, the Council of Faith and Life of the Virginia Mennonite Conference drafted and approved a document, ―Homosexuality—A Guide for Concerned Christians.‖ The Faith and Life Commission of the Virginia Mennonite Conference later reaffirmed that document in 1997. The following six points of reference were made in that statement: 1. We believe that God created human beings as male and female and intended for the expression of sexual intimacies to be fully consummated only within the heterosexual marriage relationships (Genesis 1 & 2). 2. We believe that it is necessary to distinguish between ―homosexual orientation‖ and ―homosexual practice.‖ Persons who experience a consistent conscious awareness of attraction to the same sex have homosexual orientation to varying degrees. This attraction arises from a variety of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors. These persons choose to yield to or restrain their attractions in homosexual practice just as heterosexual persons choose to yield to or restrain their urges toward persons of the opposite sex. 3. We believe that the practice of homosexuality is rebuked by Scripture (Romans 1, Leviticus 18:22, I Corinthians 6:9) and remains a deviant expression of sexuality. 4. We believe that through prayer, appropriate personal ministry and therapy, some persons will be able to change from homosexual to heterosexual orientation, opening the way for heterosexual marriage. In other cases a life of celibacy is to be advised as the struggle with personal identity and orientation continues. 5. We encourage persons who struggle with varying degrees of homosexual orientation to continue to exercise the power of positive faith; to consult with sensitive pastors or Christian counselors; to make every effort to find wholeness in Jesus Christ. 6. We encourage pastors and congregations to be compassionate in dealing with persons who struggle with homosexual orientation as well as to give clear warnings and to teach against homosexual practice. To help pastors implement this stance, we present the following pastoral guidance for ministering to persons with a homosexual orientation. The following thirteen points represent an application of the principles of the above document. Current societal attitudes toward homosexuality are frequently expressed as two extremes. In one societal view, people have emotionally and physically reacted with hateful attitudes and acts of bigotry and violence against persons with a homosexual orientation. Alternatively, another societal view has made homosexual practice an accepted and endorsed lifestyle, thus creating pressure for Christians to ignore the bondage and sin that it represents. We encourage pastors to take a Christ-like approach to the issue of homosexuality by expressing compassion, Biblical integrity, and Christian dignity, even though it may be unpopular. Our approach is based on how we understand the teachings and principles of Scripture on the issue of homosexuality.
1. PRAY FOR A COMPASSIONATE ATTITUDE THAT REFLECTS THE HEART OF GOD.
In order to view anything in life from God’s perspective, it is of utmost importance that we commune with him deeply and frequently. As pastors, we need to pray that the things that touch God’s heart will touch our heart. The Scriptures call us to a blended position of love and holiness: "since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" (I John 4:11) and "be holy, because I am holy" (I Peter 1:16). That divine mandate can only experientially affect us in a Christ-like way, when it is bathed in prayers for wisdom, discernment, forgiveness, power, and love. The example and teachings of Jesus, as revealed in Scripture, model the character and will of His Father. A most notable distinctiveness of Jesus was his compassion toward all those in need. He did not discriminate in His extension of mercy and love. He indeed is to serve as our example as we meet those who struggle with a whole range of needs. We must confess that as we mistakenly consider ourselves more righteous than others, we judge others harshly while making wide allowance for our own sins. God has judged all as sinful and deserving of punishment. (Romans 3:23; I Corinthians 6:9-11) We do well to abhor sin but not single out certain ones, such as homosexual practice, for particular wrath. Pastoral leaders need to pray earnestly for clear vision regarding sin and righteousness as well as for God's gifting of love and compassion. Committed pastoral leaders are ready to minister to anyone who needs wholeness in Jesus Christ. As participants in the priesthood of believers, we need to intercede with God for the welfare of all persons in our pastoral care.
2. BEFRIEND HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS WHILE JOURNEYING TOGETHER TOWARD JESUS.
If pastoral leaders are to be helpful in a redemptive way, they need to be mature and sensitive enough not to be afraid of persons who have a homosexual orientation. Prejudice and misinformation cause fear and avoidance of homosexual persons. The Holy Spirit can empower us to rise above such barriers and make ourselves available as friends. A friend listens. In a pastoral relationship with homosexual persons we need to engage in a three-fold listening experience. We need to hear the personal stories and understand the pain homosexual persons have experienced in struggling with sexuality and with societal attitudes toward them. We need to listen to the voice of the Spirit, the guide to Christ-centered speaking and thinking. Finally, we need to pay attention to the teaching of Scripture while consistently bringing our experiences into alignment with God's Word. Our call is to walk with others into spiritual intimacy with Christ. Jesus had an inviting approach and did not shrink from living among those most lonely. His invitation was ―Come, follow me…‖ (Matthew 4:19 NIV). Paul said, ―I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible‖ (1 Corinthians 9:19 NIV). Because of our kind and friendly attitudes, homosexual persons should not fear to make themselves known to us.
3. WELCOME PERSONS WITH HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION INTO SMALL GROUP SETTINGS, AS WELL AS TO GATHERINGS OF THE LARGER CONGREGATION.
Christian communities should commit themselves to making their fellowship a safe place, a haven, where God's love is experienced, forgiveness is offered and trust is kept. Welcoming persons with homosexual orientation into these settings frees the Holy Spirit to minister in powerful ways at every point of need. Pastoral leaders have the privilege of helping those who are a part of the family of God to become this welcoming community for homosexual persons. Elements of a welcoming Christian community include mutual acceptance, love, confession, forgiveness, encouragement, and discipline. Small groups, Sunday school classes as well as the entire congregation should be encouraged to put their prayers and hospitality into action. God's people come together in order to experience healing, acceptance, and encouragement for their day-by-day walk with Jesus. As they experience such grace, they can experience the blessing of providing for others what they themselves have received.
4. ENGAGE IN CAREFUL BIBLE STUDY.
Before beginning Bible study, prepare your heart ahead of time with much prayer for yourself and the one(s) with whom you will share. Keep in mind that God has dealt lovingly and patiently with you. He loves us as persons and at the same time hates the wrong things we do. Pray that the Holy Spirit will be free to minister in an effective way. The Bible has been given to us as a map, light, and guide to lead us in a faithful walk with God. The pastoral leader should thus use it diligently, but not as a weapon. We depend upon the Holy Spirit to provide conviction when necessary. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth (John 14:26; 16:13). Realizing that different interpretations of Scripture do exist, we share our insights respectfully. With those who differ we maintain friendship, while both upholding our conviction on Biblical truth and continuing further constructive conversation. The pastoral leader must recognize the wisdom of involving the entire congregation in the study of the Scriptures, so that the community of faith becomes a discerning one. Therefore the pastor should not only encourage Bible study among the believers, but also minister by teaching and preaching the truth of Scripture to those under pastoral care. The following selected Scriptures are presented with a commentary following each quoted passage: ―Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.‖ (Leviticus 18:23 NIV) ―If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.‖ (Leviticus 20:13 NIV) While the practice of homosexuality is seldom mentioned in Scripture the few texts that mention it unanimously condemn the practice. Supporters of homosexuality often claim this passage refers only to incest, but in so doing they limit the context. The context of the entire chapter deals with the acts of child sacrifice, adultery, incest, bestiality, and homosexuality. The holiness code in Leviticus lists the act of homosexuality, along with adultery and incest, as punishable by death. The harshness of the penalty illustrates the seriousness of the transgression in the eyes of God. Motives for homosexuality are not considered in the condemnation. ―The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness…Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator---who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God,
he gave them over to a depraved mind to do what ought not to be done.‖ (Romans 1:18, 24-28 NIV) Paul depicts in this passage a picture of humankind in rebellion against God. The paragraph describes the rebellious pagan who is the subject of God’s anger. The passage reminds us that the described sins bring the anger of God. Three times in this passage the writer indicates that ―God gave them over…‖ The increasing entanglement of the depravity and degradation is symptomatic of the pagan’s continued rebellion and the increasing development of evil character. The progression is illustrated with the sin of same-sex physical practices—both male and female homosexuality is condemned. The linkage between lust and the commitment of physical acts illustrates the progressive nature of the downward spiral. The climax of the downward progression is found in the catalog of sins listed in verses 29-31. The first chapter of Romans contains God’s evaluation of male and female homosexuality. Homosexual sin is amplified in the passage more than the sins of envy and murder. The passage helps us understand the mind of God that homosexuality is a violation of the natural relationship between a man and a woman established by the Creator. ―Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God‖ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NIV). In the list of the condemned before God, Paul includes the adulterers (moichoi), male prostitutes (malakoi), and homosexuals (arsenokoitai). Yet Paul affirms that in the past some of you were such, but now, more recently, you have experienced God’s three-fold redemptive process: 1) ―washed,‖ spiritually cleansed by God through the Word of truth; 2) ―sanctified,‖ set apart from the former practices and now subordinated to God’s way, and 3) ―justified,‖ because of Jesus’ death for the sinner, God’s judgment declares the sinner is clean and transformed by the grace of Christ. That is the message of hope we bring to those in homosexual bondage.
5. RECOGNIZE THE COMPLEXITY OF A HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION.
A person who experiences sexual attraction toward another person of the same gender has a homosexual orientation. The extent to which this attraction is acted out reflects the degree of homosexual practice. When the same-sex attraction becomes a compelling fantasy (exemplified by such things as indulging in pornography, erotic conversations, or sexual touching and caressing), the person has moved to lustful, hurtful, and sinful practice. This practice frequently includes oral, anal, or genital intercourse. We understand the Scriptures teach that all lustful behavior and sexual practices outside of a heterosexual marriage covenant are sin. Thus, a homosexual physical relationship involving same-sex persons having genital or oral sex with each other is sin, whether or not the individuals are in a temporary or permanent covenanted relationship. There are many theories regarding the cause of same-sex attraction or a homosexual orientation. Some of the suspected contributors are (1) abnormal amounts of attention or detachment in childhood; (2) a hormonal imbalance; (3) an inherited component in the genes; (4) anatomical differences in the brain; or (5) a learned response from early experiences. Recognizing the complexity of the human organism and personality, it behooves us not to propose offhand, insensitive answers. Some who have desired to change their homosexual orientation, through repentance, God's grace, genuine love, care, encouragement, and forgiveness have experienced significant change. Some who have sought change in orientation have not experienced satisfactory change. We believe that personal choice is a significant factor in homosexual practice. Whatever the cause of homosexual orientation, we believe homosexual
practice can cease when persons humbly and in repentance entrust themselves to Jesus, truly desire a new life, open themselves to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, and commit themselves to celibacy.
6. INVITE PERSONS IN BONDAGE TO HOMOSEXUAL SIN TO DISCOVER FREEDOM IN JESUS CHRIST.
Persons in bondage to homosexual sin need to be ―washed,‖ bathed with the Word of truth. Help those with a same-sex attraction to realize that we can do wrong not just by what we do and say, but also by what we think. Sexual fantasies are considered a private matter in our society, whether they are homosexual or heterosexual. Pornography feeds fantasies and heightens the perversion. Jesus made it clear that we can commit adultery in our heart (Matthew 5:28), and that the way we think affects what we do (Matthew 15:19). Even our most hidden thoughts thus become a service or a disservice to God’s kingdom. There can be an addictive bondage in thought patterns, which leads to an addictive bondage in activity. Patterns of sin are not broken by self-will. Confession, repentance, and faith provide the opening for God’s grace to purify us (I John 1:9). Persons in bondage to homosexual or heterosexual sin need to be called to subordinate themselves to God’s way. As Christians we call sinners to be reconciled to God and to model humble living. Wherever acknowledgment of sin and repentance has occurred, we need to offer forgiveness, deliverance, restoration, and acceptance. We believe God's power can break chains of bondage and bring wholeness and freedom in forming a new creation in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). As priests, let us proclaim justification for the repentant homosexual persons who come to Jesus for deliverance from bondage. Let us freely embrace them and welcome them into the care and keeping of the church. Finally, in our invitation to others, let us also consider ourselves. When we care enough for our friend to confront him/her, let us do so with humility, grace, and gentleness remembering our own tendency to sin. The Apostle Paul admonished us by writing, ―Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted‖ (Gal. 6:1 NIV).
7. UNDERSTAND THAT SEXUAL REORIENTATION IS A DIFFICULT PROCESS.
We believe that homosexual persons, who are in a same-sex physical relationship, need to forsake their sinful thought patterns and sexual relationships and commit themselves to celibacy if they sincerely seek to follow Christ. As pastoral leaders, we teach the need for celibacy for persons with a homosexual orientation just as we do for unmarried heterosexual persons. However, we must remember that while a homosexual relationship can be immediately terminated, the feelings, emotions, and orientation may not readily change. Thus, rehabilitation may take considerable time. An orientation that has developed over a period of years usually requires months or even years to change. Occasional regression is not unusual. Some Christians will struggle with a homosexual orientation all their life even though they have committed themselves to sexual abstinence. Consistent support and encouragement is very important.
8. ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN CHRISTIAN FAITH.
Growth is vital if we are to live in the power of the Holy Spirit. Encourage the seeker to take advantage of every opportunity to grow in faith. Encourage small group experiences as well as regular attendance in worship. Encourage a private devotional life of prayer and Bible reading which will be used of the Holy Spirit to bring a sense of God's presence and an encounter with truth. Encourage the seeker to take opportunities for service and witness that will open one's life to ministry. Encourage fellowship with God's people to safeguard against falling victim to temptation. A new focus is important to any rehabilitation that is to take place. There is no better place to look than to Jesus who is our Savior as well as our perfect example. He was ―tempted in every way, just as we are--yet [He] was without sin (Hebrews 4:15 NIV). Experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit is life-transforming and exciting. ―You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…‖ (Acts 1:8 NIV). Frequent encounters for the sake of encouragement are essential. The Scripture says, ―Encourage one another daily . . . so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness‖ (Hebrews 3:13 NIV).
9. ENDORSE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP FOR SEEKING PERSONS.
Invitingly offer church membership to seeking persons with a homosexual orientation, who place their faith in Jesus for salvation, claim his power for daily living, and commit themselves to a celibate lifestyle. These are the same things God’s Word asks of single heterosexuals. Beginning with the act of creation, God has sanctified sexual intercourse only within heterosexual marriage. In the New Testament sexual intercourse is endorsed only within a marriage covenant relationship between one man and one woman. All individuals not in a marriage relationship, who desire to follow the way of Jesus, must commit themselves to sexual purity. Identification and fellowship with God's people is important if one is to survive faithfully in the midst of a pagan culture and society. In response to the plaintive cry of those who listened to his message at the first Pentecost, Peter prescribed repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit as the way to save one's self from a "corrupt generation." Those who responded were "added to the church." The church must not draw back from honoring true repentance, baptism and the gifting of the Holy Spirit with full membership.
10.ARRANGE FOR AT LEAST ONE MENTOR TO WALK WITH PERSONS WHO CHOOSE TO LEAVE A HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLE.
Encourage the construction of safe places (small groups, mentoring one-on-one relationships) where persons can share their struggles, sins, and victories with persons of compassion, empathy, and accountability. The ideal is for every member to have a mentor, but it is especially important for those who struggle with a homosexual orientation. Mentors function to provide encouragement and accountability for a person walking the difficult road out of a homosexual lifestyle. Mentors must be mature in faith, patient, caring enough to confront, and full of love and compassion in order to be helpful in this ministry. Training should be made available to mentors and proper resources provided for them.
11.PROVIDE PASTORAL CARE FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE MEMBERS WITH HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION.
A person with a homosexual orientation has connections to an immediate and extended family. The struggles and pain experienced by the homosexual person also affect his or her family. A holistic ministry to persons with homosexual orientation will frequently include providing care for their immediate and extended families. The pastor has the responsibility to encourage parents and siblings to continue to demonstrate love, caring, and concern for the family member who has publicly affirmed his/her homosexual orientation. In cases where homosexual practice is involved, family members should be encouraged to pray for and to relate to the person without condoning his/her sinful practices. In the same way congregational members need help in relating compassionately to affected families. The pastor should listen to the emotions, hurts, and feelings of the family members and arrange for counseling services or provide a support group who will continue to listen, encourage, and pray with the families of homosexually oriented persons.
12.SUGGEST CONNECTING WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT OFFER ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE SEEKING CHANGE IN SEXUAL ORIENTATION/BEHAVIOR.
FAMILY LIFE RESOURCE CENTER – a Virginia Mennonite Conference-related ministry that ministers to individuals from Mennonite congregations as well as community persons with emotional and psychological needs. It consists of counselors and staff persons who work with individuals and groups by providing professional counseling. For further information call (540) 434-8450 or (800) 655-2055, or write to FLRC, 273 Newman Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. www.flrc.org GREATER HOPE – an Evangelical Christian ministry promoting freedom from and healing for heterosexual and homosexual sin and brokenness. Greater Hope operates under the direction of a local interdenominational board of directors. Originally, it began as an extension of Day Seven Ministries, but since 1998, it has functioned as an independent organization, associated with Exodus International. For further information call (540) 584-4189 or write to Greater Hope, PO Box 772, Harrisonburg, VA 22803. www.greaterhope.org SOUGHT OUT, INC. – a ministry serving the Hampton Roads area of Virginia since 1987. It is associated with Exodus International, and was established to stand alongside churches and individuals promoting relational and sexual wholeness. Its mission is also to provide support, prayer, and information to those desiring freedom from sexual and relational brokenness through the redemptive power of Jesus. For further information call (757) 631-0099 or write Sought Out, Inc., P.O. Box 62019, Virginia Beach, VA 23466-2019. www.soughtout.org EXODUS INTERNATIONAL – the largest information and referral ministry in the world addressing homosexual issues. It includes a network of Christian ministries offering support to men and women seeking to overcome homosexuality. All ministries (such as Day Seven or Sought Out) that are associated with Exodus International subscribe to an evangelical doctrinal statement. The leaders of the support groups have been out of the homosexual lifestyle for at least two years and are under the spiritual oversight of a pastor. For further information, call (407) 599-6872, or write Exodus International, PO Box 540119, Orlando, FL 32854. www.exodus.to DAY SEVEN MINISTRIES – a Mennonite-related ministry in Lancaster, PA (associated with Exodus International) providing Christ-centered education and support to promote hope and healing for individuals and families facing various sexual and relational conflicts. An interdenominational board directs the ministry, which includes support groups for persons dealing with the temptation to homosexual
and heterosexual sin. For further information call (866) 301-3297, or write Day Seven, 802 Old Hickory Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. www.dayseven.net HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS – a Christian fellowship of men and women, who through their common emotional experience, have chosen to help each other live in freedom from homosexuality, with the goal of helping participants mature in their relationships with those around them and rediscover their true identity through a restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ. For more information call (610) 779-2500, or write to Homosexuals Anonymous Fellowship Service, PO Box 7881 Reading, PA 19603. www.ha-fs.org NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR RESEARCH & THERAPY OF HOMOSEXUALITY (NARTH) – a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to affirming a complementary, male-female model of gender and sexuality. NARTH was founded in 1992, and is composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, certified social workers, professional and pastoral counselors and other behavioral scientists, as well as laymen from a wide variety of backgrounds such as law, religion, and education. For more information call (818) 789-4440 or write to NARTH, 16633 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1340, Encino CA 91436-1801. www.narth.com PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF EX-GAYS AND GAYS (PFOX) – a non-profit organization serving family and friends of homosexuals and former homosexuals, and supporting the right of homosexuals to choose change. For more information call (703) 360-2225, or write to PFOX, PO Box 561, Fort Belvoir VA 22060. www.pfox.org REGENERATION MINISTRIES – a non-profit Christian ministry associated with Exodus International, seeking to bring God’s healing to men and women who struggle with homosexuality, sexual addiction and other relational issues, and to help the Body of Christ in reaching out to these men and women. For further information write to Regeneration, PO Box 9830, Baltimore, MD 21284-9830. www.regenerationministries.org or www.regenerationministries.org/regenbooks.asp SET FREE MINISTRIES – a non-denominational, non-profit resource ministry which assists individuals and churches in the development of ministry in the area of prayer and victory over spiritual oppression and addictions. For more information call (616) 726-5400, or write to Set Free Ministries, 700 – 36th St., S.E., Suite 108, Grand Rapids, MI 49548. firstname.lastname@example.org
13.RECOMMEND RESOURCE MATERIALS ON HOMOSEXUALITY
a. RECOMMENDED INTRODUCTORY READING MATERIAL Homosexuality: Biblical Interpretation and Moral Discernment, Willard Swartley, Herald Press, 2003. Moral Vision of the New Testament, The, Richard B. Hays, Harper, San Francisco, 1996. b. MENNONITE CHURCH STATEMENTS Call to Affirmation, Confession, and Covenant Regarding Human Sexuality, A, Mennonite Church General Board, 1987 Church and Homosexuality, The, Lancaster Mennonite Conference Statement, 1997 Confession of Faith From a Mennonite Perspective, Article 19: ―Family, Singleness, and Marriage,‖ 1995, pp. 72-74. Human Sexuality in the Christian Life, Mennonite General Assembly, 1987 Homosexuality: a Guide for Concerned Christians, Virginia Mennonite Conference Council, 1983, 1997.
Summary Statements on Homosexuality, Mennonite Church General Board, 1991. c. ADDITIONAL READING MATERIAL Amy and Jason, Focus on the Family Beginnings: Hope and Healing for Families and Friends of a Gay Loved One, Rob Taylor, Metanoia Ministries Bridging the Gap, jointly produced by Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Women in Sports, Athletes in Action, & Living in Victory Bringing Up Boys, James Dobson, Tyndale House Broken Image, The, Leanne Payne, Baker Book House Coming Out of Homosexuality, Bob Davies & Lori Rentzel, InterVarsity Press Desires in Conflict, Joe Dallas, Harvest House Growth Into Manhood: Resuming the Journey, Alan Medinger, Harold Shaw Publishers Heart of the Matter: Roots and Causes of Female Homosexuality, The, Anne Paulk, Jane Boyer, & Others, Focus on the Family Homophobia Stops Here, Chad Thompson, InQueery Homosexual Agenda -- Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today, Alan Sears and Craig Osten, Broadman and Holman Homosexual No More, Dr. Bill Consiglio, Regeneration Books Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic, Elizabeth R. Moberly, Parkwest Publishers Hope for Lesbian Struggler, Janelle Hallman, Desert Hope Ministry Joy: A Homosexual’s Search for Fulfillment, Barbara Evans & Pat Boone, Creation House, 1973. Not Afraid to Change, John Paulk with Tony Marco, Winepress Publishing, 1998. Ounce of Prevention, An, Don Schmierer, His Servants Ministry Out of Egypt, Jeanette Howard, Monarch Parents’ Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, A, Dr. Joseph & Mrs. Linda Nicolosi, InterVarsity Press Pursuing Sexual Wholeness, Andrew Comiskey, Charisma House Questions I’m Most Asked About Homosexuality, Sy Rogers, Regeneration Books Restoring Sexual Identity, Anne Paulk, Harvest House Returns of Love, Alex Davidson, InterVarsity Press, 1970. Someone I Love is Gay, Anita Worthen and Bob Davies, InterVarsity Press Straight is the Way, Joel & Jane French, Bethany Fellowship, 1979. Strength in Weakness, Andy Comiskey, Charisma House Such Were Some of You, Kevin Linehan, Herald Press, 1979. Way to Escape, A, Neil T. Anderson, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR, 1994 When Homosexuality Hits Home, Joe Dallas, Harvest House Publisher When Passions are Confused: Understanding Homosexuality, Jeff Olson, Radio Bible Class 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality, Mike Haley, Harvest House Publishers d. AUDIO/VIDEO Created Different? A Look at Homosexuality, (video), John Eldredge, Ransomed Heart Ministries I Do Exist, (CD), Warren Throckmorton, Truth Comes Out Project Is It Okay to be Gay? (video), John Eldredge, Focus on the Family Sexual Redemption, (CD), Jeff & Wendy Watros, Greater Hope Song of Hope, (video), Dennis Jernigan, Shepherd’s Heart Music, Inc. Truth Comes Out, The, (CD), Dr. Warren Throckmorton, Carolina Maud Publishing Affirmed by the Faith and Life Commission*, Virginia Mennonite Conference September 25, 1999
Listings (Nos. 12, 13) updated January 12, 2007
*The Faith and Life Commission consists of the Virginia Conference bishops and overseers and members-at-large. It provides vision and leadership for conference in spiritual, doctrinal, and faith and life issues.