The Homosexual Person in Light of the Christian Community

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  1. David

    David Well-Known Member

    This is such a good article from a Russian Orthodox website that I felt I had to post it here. It is simple, straightforward and full of love.

    The Homosexual Person in Light of the Christian Community

    My heart goes out to homosexual men and women who face a life of discrimination and loneliness. I do not believe the majority of them chose to be homosexual. A person would have to be insane to chose a sexual proclivity that fosters hatred and discrimination, and in many cases, rejection by their friends and family. Many believe there are genetic and environmental influences that cause homosexuality, but this is not provable, scientifically. I believe same sex attraction is the result of the fall, just as is all sin. During my years as a priestmonk I have counseled many young men and women who were struggling with same sex attraction, and trying to live chaste lives as Orthodox Christians. I have come to believe that without the support of the Church, and the Christian community, the struggle these people face will be devastating, and will often end in alienation and defeat.

    Many years ago I attended a conference in which one of the speakers presented a hate filled lecture on the subject of homosexuality. Among the people attending the conference was the gay son of this priest. The young man had been receiving counseling from me, trying as he was to find hope for his future. He was lonely and fearful, afraid he would one day succumb to the strong sexual desires that were rising up within him, as he struggled with one of the strongest of human urges. The young man loved his faith and loved his father, but was filled with self loathing and afraid his family would one day disown him, should they find out about his sexual proclivity. Sitting on the platform I had a clear view of him and could see the pain in his face upon hearing his fathers words. Sad to say, this young man did not remain in the Church, and eventually gave in to defeat and despair. Had his father known of his son’s struggles, I have no doubt he’d have given his son the loving assurance that he would always be his son and would never be rejected by his family. I am convinced this young man, had he stayed in the Church, would have received the support and love that was necessary to live a chaste life.

    The answer to ALL passions of the flesh can be found within the walls of the Church. Just as Her founder, the Church is the fountain of compassion and mercy. It is not Christ’s Church that fails people, but sometimes the very therapists (clergy) who can get caught up in the letter of the law rather than being grounded in the mercy and compassion and love that is the foundation of the Church. Christ is the head of His Church and we need to mirror His image when dealing with the fallen nature of ALL people. Sin, whatever form it takes, is equal in the eyes of God. We must look only at our own sins and be quick to overlook the sins of our neighbors. As priests of the Most High God, we are called to be agents of His mercy and love, ever offering encouragement to those whom God has placed in our pastoral care.

    Finally, I would like to say that the need for intimacy is often the driving force behind sexual promiscuity. We all need intimacy, but to confuse this need with sex is the main reason why so many people succumb to sexual sin. The need for intimacy can be fulfilled in deep friendships, but must ultimately find true fulfillment in an intimate relationship with God.
  2. Radhe

    Radhe Well-Known Member

    David this is excellent...Always always - we need to emphasize the compassion of the Lord.
    Who is going to be helped by being told how rotten he is? Mercy needs to be preached Mercy And Mercy again . Also Sin No more needs to be preached
    The Lord sought out prostitutes tax collectors...

    "Resound My voice to the ends of this earth; let everyone hear and learn that I am a God of tenderness and mercy”. (June 5, 1997)

    Practice Mercy
    September 8, 2002
    write: Scriptures say:

    "if a man nurses anger against another
    can he then demand compassion from the Lord?

    "Showing no pity for a man like himself,
    can he then plead for his own sins?" 1

    remember My Law of Love and remain devout to It; put behind you all rancour and violent thoughts and turn to Me ... Vassula, so many in this generation are in this sin; the sin of anger and rancour; slaves to your passions and champions when it comes to do evil ... 2

    no one is righteous, yet, I, Jesus Christ, revealed My kindness and My exuberant Love to mankind and I was not concerned nor searched for any goodness or righteousness you might have done yourselves; My compassion on you was so great that it compelled My Mercy to be gracious to you to save you, by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and by renewing you with the Holy Spirit;

    I have set a treasure3 in front of you, generation, but your soul keeps failing to see it; you keep passing by it most of the time, seeing nothing; and ah, how many times have I not stretched out My Hand to you to take you to Me and discover Me; am I concealing My treasure from you? I am the Treasure itself; has no one ever told you that I am your Heavenly Bridegroom? I am the effulgent cleansing waters of the Life-giving spring whose waters purify, renew and breathe in you Life;

    I am the Resurrection; so do not waver any longer but open your eyes and run towards Me; cease being out-distant; has anybody taught you that the supreme act of love is the acceptance of My Cross? My Cross, which is your redemptive Instrument, is in other words the Tree that gives life; through your redemptive Instrument your feet cross from the valley of death into the Beatific Vision;

    I am the Resurrection and through Me I have made you all to be sons and daughters of the resurrection; if you remain in sin, and unforgiving to your neighbour, inflexible in your heart filled with rancour, the Godhead will be denied to your eyes; the all-Holy Spirit will not show Himself to you if in debt to sin, for you would have been rejecting consciously the act of compunction, an act of love ...

    if you remain in this sin it is the same as though you tell Me: "Master, I prefer to remain in my tomb; I chose to remain dead and live among the dead;" your flesh is already putrefying, you are decaying, and you still refuse Life? to deny your sin is similar as to deny Life; come instead by My side and by the side of the saints and of those on earth who are nearing perfection, who are serene while in their contemplation to Me, whom I saturate in ineffable riches and celestial mysteries;

    Holy Consubstantial Trinity,
    the transgression and the rejection of God in our days
    have destroyed part of the Church of Christ;
    how can the Body of Christ be recognisable in us,
    in our so poor state?

    Like inanimate matter we are dispersed Lord,
    torn asunder by our ego and by a spirit of pride;

    where is in us the distinctive sign of faith
    which is love?

    Tendencies of opposition are always there,
    even rancours of the past are still well alive, 4
    an unforgiving spirit abides in many;

    ah, all-blessed act of forgiveness, act of charity, blessed are those who have welcomed you! you will not be tainted anymore but will receive the Kiss on your forehead from your Redeemer; blessed is he who renounces his sin, he will see Me, the Treasure, and will enter in the path of holiness; blessed is he who eagerly and passionately embraces My Cross, he will enter into the Beatific vision, and his soul will know ineffable joys!

    today, generation, I am overwhelming you with prodigies and with the sound of My Voice; to pull you out of your debt and out of the mire of sin I have chanted to you the song of Heaven; 5 I have shown to you the secrets of the Nuptial Chamber of My Heart, to exempt you from all evil I am continually in your presence; and if your eyes do not see your Bridegroom, it is because they are sealed with crusts of sin ...

    as I have said to you, put behind you all your violent thoughts and do not give Satan a foothold clinging to your grudge against anyone, for the Father in Heaven will deal with you severely; do not be like the wicked servant6 who pitilessly threw his fellow servant in prison for the debt he owed him;

    do not remain lifeless, but think of My indescribable Mercy I have upon you, generation; so put into practice all that I have said and receive the Holy Spirit of Grace;

    be one;



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