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justin lee torn theology

A few weeks ago, somebody found this blog by doing an Internet search for: justin lee torn theology.

I just tried it and I actually am fairly high in the ranking on Google.

It is a natural thing in the Christian community for people to dismiss one another for theological reasons: ‘oh, he’s a liberal’ or ‘well, she’s a fundamentalist.’ The label gets attached, the person’s views get dismissed.

Justin’s views are within the broad evangelical perspective, and that is clear though out the book.

There! So, that’s my official pronouncement on “justin lee torn theology.”

I hope people will not dismiss Justin’s book
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate. I hope people don’t just attach some theological label to this and then feel they can safely ignore it. Please do not stop at Chapters 12 & 13 where he discusses his views on the Scriptures and the Scripture passages that address same-gender sex.

If you feel like you are not ready to handle that, skip to Chapter 14, read to the end, and come back to those chapters later.

The reason I say this is because the Christian church really needs to hear what Justin says in Chapter 15 about “The Way Forward.” We can’t wait until we all agree (as if that’s going to happen) to hear this.

He says:

1. Christians must show more grace, especially in disagreement.

  • Nice quote: “If anyone had a right to lecture people about their sin, it was the sinless Son of God. If even he could meet sinners as equals, how much more should we Christians — all sinners ourselves — treat as equals the people we encounter in our lives.”

  • Another nice quote: “We must never let our theological disagreements get in the way of showing God’s unconditional, overpowering grace to everyone we meet.”

2. We must educate Christians.

3. We must move away from an “ex-gay” approach.

4. Celibacy must be a viable option.

  • Nice quote: “And while all single people face challenges in out culture, the challenges faced by people who are single by choice or because they haven’t found the right person are different from the challenges faced by those who eagerly desire companionship but believe God requires celibacy even if they should fall in love in the future.”

5. We must shatter the myth that the Bible is anti-gay.

  • Nice quote: “Church on both sides need to hammer this point home. Christians should know that there are different interpretations of [the relevant Bible passages] in the church and that whatever the correct interpretation may be, it is certainly not necessary to dilute or throw out the Bible in order to have a loving, welcoming approach to gay people.”

And, don’t settle for my summary, read it for yourself. These are important issues and people need to hear what he says — regardless of theology and also because of it.

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