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Christian Faith and Sexuality.

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Few issues cause so much controversy and confusion in the church today than the issues of sexuality and sexual ethics. If you have difficulty discussing issues like this, or find them extremely upsetting, you might wish to stay off this page. You will find several controversial topics that are mentioned here, and you are likely to encounter points of view you will not agree with. Relax. Trust God. You’re okay. Just think about it. (That’s all that’s being asked of you.)

Because the Wesleyan approach to the Christian life speaks of the possibility of a the life of Perfect Love, I believe that a Wesleyan approach to the issue yields some important insights. Human nature is not inherently sinful just for being human. It is the power of love (devotion to God’s will and devotion to the best interests of others) that frees us from our sinfulness. This alone, and not legalisms, can set the heart free from its (otherwise) sinful intentions.

We do not need to be ashamed of our sexuality or our gender identity. But, the Christian faith has always upheld a high standard (a strict standard?) for sexual morality — only clearly affirming the sexual act within the confines of the marriage of a man and a woman. What does that mean for the many and various issues of sexual morality that are raised today?

I’m not absolutely sure I know. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t have some opinions.

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General Articles on Sexuality Issues
A Wesleyan Perspective on Human Sexuality
Reflections on the Song of Solomon
Why I (Sometimes) Post on Sexuality Issues
Martha Myre: On Biblical Marriage (Side B):
Part 1*, Part 2*, Part 3*.

The Conservative Christian Dilemma on Same Gender Sex
Homosexuality: Why Perceptions are Changing
Why Christian Opposition to Homosexuality Never Dies
What Would It Take to Convince Me I Am Wrong on the Gay & Lesbian Issue
On Not Living in a Bubble
Transforming the Christian Conversation on Homosexuality (VIDEO: Ron Belgau & Justin Lee at Pepperdine University.)
Some Things Christians Could Agree Upon Even If They End Up Having To Agree to Disagree (About Gay & Lesbian Issues)
Morgan Guyton: What is the burden of proof in the #Methodist #homosexuality debate? (Side A)

The Church and Homosexuality by Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker* (SideB)*
Was Sodom into Sodomy? by Ben Witherington III (SideB)*
What the Evidence Really Says about Scripture & Homosexual Practice by Robert A. J. Gagnon (SideB)*
Does the Bible Regard Same-Sex Intercourse as Intrinsically Sinful? by Robert A. J. Gagnon (SideB)*
Writings on Sexuality Issues by Peter Ould (Side B)*

DEBATE: Justin Lee vs. Ron Belgau @ the Gay Christian Network*
DEBATE: Luke Timothy Johnson vs. Eve Tushnet @ Commonweal*
DEBATE: Brauch vs. Hertzog @ Bridges Across the Divide*
DEBATE: Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? Campolo vs. Campolo*

Homosexuality and Christianity by Jeramy Townsley (SideA)*
A Defense Theory: An Analysis of Six Critical Texts Used To Condemn Homosexuality by Royce Buehler (SideA)*
Homosexuality and the Bible by Walter Wink (SideA)*
Inclusive Orthodoxy — Justin R. Cannon (SideA)*
Posts on GLBT Persons in the Church: A Case for Full Inclusion by Michael L. Westmoreland-White (Side A)*

Gender Identity
On Transgender Issues
By the Grace of God by Lee Frances Heller & Friends (edited by Julie Ann Johnson)*
Still Standing: Musings of a Christian Transsexual by Cindy Martin*
TransFaith Online*
Trans Girl at the Cross