Updated: Sep 24, 2020
There are many traditional religious sectors that do not agree with same sex and LGBTQIA... relationships. Because of non-acceptance, this group has established subaltern faith based communities, and some with hopes the traditional religions would one day accept and blend them back within their churches. Some LGBTQIA... churches are sort of in a holding place.
A few years ago, while in a conversation with a woman, she expressed concerns about her daughter being in a same sex relationship. She was a believer of Christ in limbo about her daughter’s decision. She was a member of a community church that didn’t believe in same sex relationships. They believed, as indicated in the Bible, it is sin.
After meeting her daughters partner, She approached me again to discuss her change of heart. Her daughter and partner had a long deep conversation about same sex relationships, and she had better clarity and understanding. She said, “God accepts their relationship.” She added that her daughter and partner had not consummated the relationship, so they were not living in sin.
I don’t argue with people about their choices in life as I believe, your life, your choice.
Is it healthy for folks to be stuck in a holding place waiting for acceptance or in a place of compromise or vulnerability? They become frustrated which leads to arguments and debates, feelings of helplessness, isolation, and depression.
Could the true reason for the debate or clap back be Pentecost? The word Pentecost immediately shifts folks thinking to a cultish denomination that controls ones thinking. I’ve heard folks say when ask what is their denomination, “Pentecostal.”
But Pentecost is not a religious organization, cult, or denomination, it’s an experience in the presence of God and the Holy Spirit. The experience is open to whomever believes. There are many Protestant, Baptist, Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal (AME), Catholics, Non-denomination, LGBTQIA... and more who experienced Pentecost.
How does one define an experience in the presence of God and the Holy Spirit?
Jesus said this, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you,” (John 14:16-17).
Jesus was letting his disciples know he would physically leave them and the next time they seen Him would be after His death, burial, and resurrection. But He would leave them another comforter which is the Holy Spirit.
The world would not recognize Him, but He told them, “On that day [when that time comes] you will know for yourselves that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you,”
Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as a person that lives inside of you. This is what stands out, He is the Spirit of truth... What is truth? Truth is verifiable and indisputable.
A man is born with male genitals and a woman with female genitals unless they are born with ambiguous genitalia. What happens as they mature is based on experience and choice...
Truth does not keep you in a holding place, a place of struggles. The problem is who accepts the truth? Hmm!