Issues of Homosexuality and the Church

Jarrett Banks writes truthfully of lavish grace, and of Christianity’s misguided attempt to disproportionately weigh sexual sin more heavily over others while blatantly disregarding the historical meaning of the word homosexual. This is a thoughtful, well-written, edifying piece calling for all of us to follow Jesus and “err on the side of grace.”

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Downward, Upward, and Forward Behind Jesus

INTRODUCTION

I am a heterosexual male born in 1966 to Southern Baptist parents who raised me in a conservative farming community in northeastern North Carolina. I earned a Bachelor of Science degreefrom Wingate College, a North Carolina Baptist school, in 1988. I then attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky where Iearned a Master of Divinity Degree in 1992. After serving as a pastor for over ten years, I received my Doctor of Ministry degree from Gardner-Webb University in 2005. I was married to my wife of 26 years in 1988 and have two children. My son is 19 and my daughter is 17. I am currently ordained as a Disciples of Christ minister and am the senior pastor of First Christian Church in Farmville, North Carolina.

The only thing that sounds strange to me in the introductory paragraph above is the word “heterosexual.” This may be the first…

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