MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH
Ministries is an Apostolic-based outreach for all men and women who desire and
seek for themselves freedom from a life of homosexuality. Many believe that homosexuality should be
either unconditionally accepted or, to the other extreme, completely condemned
as an “unforgivable sin.” Beacon
Ministries, however, holds to God’s biblical truths concerning sexuality while
offering God’s unconditional love and support to those who struggle with
same-sex attractions. It is our desire
to help homosexuals discover the awesome power of God’s love, mercy, grace, and
forgiveness, which can heal the destruction and deep pain of their struggles.
the past and even today, many churches view homosexuality as “worse” than any
other sin: that it was “unforgivable” and that a person could not be set free
from homosexual behaviors and actions.
There was so much stigma, stereotyping, fear, and ignorance which
paralyzed the Church. Everyone hid their
head in the sand and hoped this issue would go away. Well, it has not gone away and pastors from
all over the country have had to deal with the issue with seemingly no help or
and people in the world have vacillated between two “extremes:” either the
homosexual is hopeless and going to hell (they hate the sin AND the sinner) or,
it’s OK to be involved in homosexual activities and behaviors, having total
acceptance, ordaining gay pastors, and approving of gay “unions and
the homosexual really needs is a “new” message of hope. Actually, it’s not a “new” message at
all. It is simply the truth of God’s Word: 1) Homosexuality is sin, just like a thousand
other behaviors that separate us from God; 2) All have sinned and come short of
the Glory of God; 3) Jesus loves you, He died on a cross for you, and He wants
to save you and deliver you from your sin; 4) Victory over sin is through the
grace and mercy of Jesus Christ; 5) We, the church, love you and are willing to
help you and support you, while you grow in Christ.
Church needs to stop trying to keep homosexuality a “secret.” Though it may be uncomfortable at first, we
need to start talking about it openly as we do with any other sin. We need to teach the truth of God’s Word,
what it really says about all sin, and we need to educate and disciple people
who want to be saved.
the past we treated alcoholics, drug addicts, prostitutes, and unwed mothers
much the same way that we continue treating homosexuals today. But now we have church-endorsed programs to
help people through the struggles, addictions, and other sins in their
lives. We love them and we support
them. Now it’s time to take the next
step and open our arms, our love, and our church doors to those who struggle
with homosexuality and who seek to be set free ~ truly free by the power of the
is not an isolated issue. It’s in all of
our churches, all over the United States, and in every foreign country. It’s not “just in the church down the road.” It’s at every level within the Church from
those sitting on the back pew all the way up to Elders, Deacons, and Sunday
School Teachers; Music Directors, Youth Pastors, Assistant Pastors, and yes,
even some of our Pastors and Missionaries.
Sin knows no bounds.
has an impact not only on the individual who struggles with it, but it also has
a tremendous emotional impact on their family members, parents, children,
spouses, and fellow church members.
two largest groups of individuals struggling with same-sex attractions that we
work with from the United States and several foreign countries are:
1. Those individuals who used to be in our
churches, baptized in Jesus Name, and filled with the Holy Ghost. They were full of fear: fear of rejection and
fear of being made fun of. They hung on
for as long as they could, all alone.
They were not able to share. They
were not able to have support.
Eventually they made their way back into the world and left the
church. They want to come home and they
want to come back to God.
2. Those individuals, baptized in Jesus Name,
filled with the Holy Ghost, and currently attending our churches. They are doing the best they can while still
struggling with same-sex attractions, alone, and without any support. It’s only a matter of time until they too
will leave the church and return to their old lifestyle.
of these groups want help. They want to
be right with God and part of the Church.
What they are looking for is that message of hope: a message that says
“we love you no matter what your battle is and we are here for you ~ you will
not be kicked out and you will not be made fun of. We wish to help you gain victory over your
What Can the
must begin in the House of God. It must
begin with us changing our mindset. What
good does it do if we reach out to the gay community and bring them in if the Church
is not prepared to support them?
suggested that: "It is perhaps less important to know what is ‘right and
wrong’ morally speaking, than to know how to act toward those we consider
‘wrong’." We have failed to offer
Christ to the gay and lesbian community.
We have also failed by giving the impression that orientation change and
reparative therapy is the solution.
Sanctification is not getting rid of our temptations, but pursuing
holiness in the midst of them. If our
goal is making people straight, then we are practicing a false gospel. The opposite of “homosexuality” is not
“heterosexuality” ~~~ it’s HOLINESS!
need to first overcome our own fears and the lies we have bought into: the
stigma, ignorance, misinformation, and misconceptions. We need to “put ourselves into their shoes.” Individuals who are involved in homosexuality are
just like any other person. While some people
love their sin and do not want to be reached, others are desperately looking for
a way out.
ministry and this outreach to the homosexual must begin with the local Pastor
and from the local pulpit. It is time to
stop making fun of the “queers and fags.” It is time to stop listing the 100 reasons why
gays are so bad and going to hell. It is
time to start adding homosexuality to the list of sins from which God can
deliver people. It’s time to change to a
message of hope: a message that says with God it is possible. A message that says the Pastor and saints
will be there to love and support the individual as they are making their way
out of homosexuality.
evangelism to homosexuals begins in the pulpit and flows into the congregation
and then to those who are struggling. There is a revival just waiting to take place.
The revival will begin with those within
our churches who are struggling and then to the backsliders and then to those
who have never known the full truth as we know it. It will be a revival of those who are “undesirable:”
the outcasts and the misfits, the drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes,
homosexuals, unwed mothers, homeless, mentally ill, etc. Jesus said to go into the highways and byways
and compel them to come. It's called
the Church prepares itself and then reaches out with genuine love and
compassion to those who are struggling with homosexuality, those within the
Church who struggle will begin to come forward.
They will begin to stand up and share their testimonies. They will begin to seek help and support. As they see that the Church is sincere, the
word will begin to reach the backsliders.
The backsliders will begin coming home, making their way back to God and
to the Church. Then the message will go even further and begin reaching those
in the local community who have never known the full truth and who are seeking
freedom from homosexuality.
What Can Beacon
Ministries Do for the Church?
are several services that Beacon Ministries provides to individuals, Pastors
Support to the individual who is struggling with homosexuality through our website
and individual email support and counseling.
Support to family members and friends of individuals who are struggling with
Serve as an information, support and resource center for Pastors and churches.
you are a Pastor or church representative interested in Beacon Ministries,
please feel free to contact us. Beacon
Ministries is here to support Apostolic churches with a balanced and effective
approach to reaching out to homosexuals and their loved ones.
understand how important it is to hold true to the Word of God while at the
same time, reaching out with “love and compassion” to those who are desperately
wanting to be set free from sin.
fell into a pit and couldn't
get himself out.
A pharisaic fundamentalist
came along and
said, "You deserve your
psychologist came along and said,
your pit. That way you'll be happy."
liberal came along and said,
is God's beautiful gift to you." A
came along and said, "Fight
for your right
to stay in your pit." A
along and said, "discrimination
against pits is
illegal." A charismatic
came along and
said, "Just confess that you're
not in that
pit." Respectable people came
along and said,
"We don't associate with pitdwellers."
His mother came
along and said,
father's fault you're in that pit." His
along and said, "It's your
you're in that pit." But Jesus,
seeing the man,
loved him, and reaching into
the pit, put his
arms around the man and
pulled him out.
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