British Author and Pastor Sam Allberry Discusses Homosexuality and the Role of the Church at Boyce College

British pastor and author Sam Allberry speaks about ministry to homosexuals during a March 4 event sponsored by Boyce College's Center for Gospel and Culture at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Boyce College photo
British pastor and author Sam Allberry speaks about ministry to homosexuals during a March 4 event sponsored by Boyce College’s Center for Gospel and Culture at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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Jesus calls all people, including those with same-sex attraction, in the same way: to repent and believe, said British author and pastor Sam Allberry in a March 4 lecture at Boyce College.

“Often, we treat homosexuality as if it’s a kind of self-contained issue on its own, and we don’t quite know what to do with it because we’re not anchoring it in what the Gospel tells all people to do,” Allberry said.
“Jesus says all of us need to repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Allberry is associate pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Maidenhead, United Kingdom, and author of “Is God Anti-Gay? And Other Questions about Homosexuality, the Bible, and Same-Sex Attraction.” He shared his testimony, including his struggle with same-sex attraction, and lectured about Christian engagement with homosexuality in a series of lectures hosted by Boyce’s Center for Gospel and Culture at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Boyce College is the undergraduate arm of Southern Seminary.

According to Allberry, the Bible’s prohibition of homosexuality should not be the first thing Christians talk about. Instead, he said, Christians need to treat homosexuality like other sins rather than treating homosexuality more seriously. The church needs to call all people to repentance and acknowledge that temptations may linger, but in Christ, Christians are new creations.

He began the first of his two-part lecture, “Homosexuality and Ministry,” explaining the Bible’s teaching about marriage. Referencing passages from Genesis to Revelation, Allberry said marriage foreshadows the spiritual union between Christ and his church.

“Marriage is the joining together of like and unlike to reflect the marriage of Christ and the church,” he said. “We believe what we do about homosexuality because of what we believe about marriage. When we talk about marriage, we will soon be talking about the Gospel.”

Allberry further said that a study of scriptural teaching about marriage leads not only to conversations about the Gospel but also about homosexuality: “Just from what the Bible says about marriage alone, we would know what to think about homosexual practice.”

From 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Allberry emphasized homosexuality “is a Gospel issue because people’s eternities are at stake.”

Paul encouraged the Corinthians with the beauty of the Gospel. “Such were some of you,” Paul wrote.

But in Christ, “it’s no longer who they were, but who they are,” Allberry said. “Repentance is possible. We have been washed and sanctified and justified. I am now most myself when I am pursuing holiness.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
RuthAnne Irvin

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