Gender, Sexuality, And The Bible
Moral change is happening more quickly in our culture than ever before. However, not every moral issue is changing at the same pace. Some ethical issues that we would expect to change are not changing at all. Many new cultural norms are at the point where they are now not only socially acceptable but expected to be taught to children in schools across the country. So, what happened? How did it change so fast? Watch this sermon by David Whiting from New Heights Church as he tackles these and more questions in the sermon on Gender, Sexuality, and The Bible.
Part 2 - What Does the Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?
What the Bible says is often assumed and not studied. Many Christians would say that homosexuality is sinful; however, many of these same people would have no idea which passage to turn to if asked to show the scriptures that say that. In this message, David Whiting from New Heights Church takes a deep dive into the six times the Bible directly talks about homosexuality.
Part 3 - Rethinking Our Responses
The struggle with sexuality has been prevalent throughout history. Our tendency for sin is not unique to this culture, and we as Christians have to choose how to respond, and those responses can also highlight our own sinfulness.
Do we choose a response of pride and anger? Do we choose a response of judgment? Do we choose a response of hate?
On the other hand, do we choose a response of acceptance? Do we choose a response of celebration? Do we choose a response of affirmation? Or is there another way that reflects the heart of God?
Part 4 - Gender Matters
In our culture today, gender does not equate to biological sex. The term "Gender Dysphoria" is used when someone experiences a conflict between their biology and what gender they believe they are. Their anatomy says one thing; however, their mind says something else. A person in this situation truly believes that he or she would feel better as a gender different from their biological sex.
If Christians respond to people experiencing gender dysphoria with disgust and anger, the people in greatest need of finding Christ will be repelled by those who can bring them the good news.
Part 5 - Transgender Tolerance
The largest survey ever done of the LGBTQ+ community and religion discovered that 83% of people in the LGBTQ+ community said they grew up in church. 54% chose to leave the church after they turned 18. Only 15% said that they left because of theological issues about what the church believes regarding sexuality. The majority of people that left the church over LGBTQ+ issues do not leave over theological issues; they leave over relational issues.
78% of people that have left the church over this issue would come back if they were invited. Only 8% said the church would need to change its theological stance on sexuality for them to return.
People in the LGBTQ+ community often feel devalued, unloved, mistreated, dehumanized, and isolated.
In this message, David Whiting talks about transgender tolerance and how we should approach this topic with both grace and truth.
Part 6 - Help! I'm a Parent
How do we love our children in a sexually confused world? Daniel Kahneman says, "the human brain has a hard time distinguishing between that which is familiar and that which is true." When we hear something repeatedly, we begin to assume it's true. How do parents raise their children in a culture that is constantly and repeatedly sending messages to our children regarding gender, sexuality, and identity?
Part 7 - FAQ's
In this message, David Whiting wraps up the series on Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible by answering frequently asked questions.