A MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH

 

 

WELCOME TO BEACON MINISTRIES

 

Beacon 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.

 

History

 

In 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 support.

 

Churches 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 marriages.”     

 

The Truth

 

What 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.

 

The 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.

 

In 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 Holy Ghost!

 

Demographics

 

Homosexuality 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.

 

Homosexuality 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.

 

The 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.

 

Both 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 struggle.”

 

What Can the Church Do?

 

Salvation 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?

 

Someone 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!

 

We 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.

 

This 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 and Revival

 

Effective 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 Revival!

 

As 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?

 

There are several services that Beacon Ministries provides to individuals, Pastors and churches:

 

1. Support to the individual who is struggling with homosexuality through our website and individual email support and counseling.

 

2. Support to family members and friends of individuals who are struggling with homosexuality.

 

3. Serve as an information, support and resource center for Pastors and churches. 

 

If 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.

 

We 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.

 

 

"The Pit"

A homosexual fell into a pit and couldn't

get himself out. A pharisaic fundamentalist

came along and said, "You deserve your

pit." A psychologist came along and said,

"Accept your pit. That way you'll be happy."

An apostate liberal came along and said,

"Your pit is God's beautiful gift to you." A

gay activist came along and said, "Fight

for your right to stay in your pit." A

researcher came 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,

"It's your father's fault you're in that pit." His

father came along and said, "It's your

mother's fault 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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