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Parent Minute

Mom and Dad, I’m gay.

Posted on 9/24/2017 by Greg Yoder

There are a number of parents, Christians and not, who have been shocked by these words. Someone asks, “As a Christian, what should I say?” The first thing is to make SURE they know you love them. 1 John 4:8 says, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (NASB). Also, Romans 2:4 tells us, “God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance” (NIV). It’s important “to remember that our children … have heart issues,” just like we do. Encourage them not to define themselves as gay. Just because they have same-sex thoughts or attractions doesn’t make them a homosexual—as Christians, we’re new creations. Don’t shy away from the fact that God says it’s sin, but always use Scripture for your source of authority. More tomorrow.

Based on “How should Christian parents respond if one of their children comes out as gay?”,

Scripture marked (NASB) is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 9:26 AM
Hi, thank you for these quick devotional. Where in the Bible does it say homosexuality is a sin?
Greg Yoder
Thursday, March 8, 2018 2:34 PM
Thank you for your comment. It talks about it in a number places. According to Pastor John Piper, with every sin there are multiple levels of why it's offensive to God and to be avoided. The simplest is clearly to say the Bible says it is wrong in, Romans 1:24-29. It also says it in I Corinthians 6:9-10. I'm not a pastor. But, I do read God's Word. It seems pretty clear to me. John Piper has written a great article about it. Here's the link:

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