Janet Boynes, a former lesbian turned Christian author and public speaker is set to address a crowd of Hispanic evangelical pastors at the Una Voz (One Voice) convention in San Diego later this month where she will discuss the church’s response to LGBT issues.
After living as a lesbian for 14 years, Boynes knows how potentially encouraging the process of leaving the homosexual lifestyle can be with the help of a supportive church. It has been over a decade since Boynes began to walk in faith, leaving behind her former habits and sexual preference. Now, she leads Called Out Ministries where she helps minister to LGBT individuals seeking to leave homosexuality.
Below is an edited transcript of Janet Boynes’ interview with The Christian Post:
CP: What is your message to Hispanic pastors about LGBT issues at the NHCLC conference?
Boynes: My message to Hispanic Pastors is to have compassion without compromise. We are to be compassionate towards someone who is living a homosexual lifestyle. It’s important to love them where they’re at without caving into their beliefs and philosophies. The Bible says, “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance,” Romans 2:4 (RSV). We are to teach those that struggle with same-sex attraction the word of God and also exercise grace and become knowledgeable about the issue because homosexuality is the elephant in the room we can no longer ignore.
CP: How can churches embrace LGBT individuals who are seeking a genuine change without having them feel ostracized within the congregation?
Boynes: I would say the first thing is to teach churches that we all fall short. Their sin (homosexuality) might be more visible but we all struggle with one thing or another. It is our responsibility as the body of Christ to surround them with support because when they have cut out those connected with the homosexual lifestyle from their life, they are left with a tremendous void. We need to be constant reminders of God’s unconditional love, and be willing to put in the time to help those who are walking out of this lifestyle, be available to them and hold them accountable so they can grow to be mature in their walk with God.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post