What would you do?
The recent SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex marriage will bring new challenges to local churches. One of the challenges may involve a same-sex married couple who comes to faith in Jesus as in the scenario below. Similar questions have been raised about advising an unbelieving transgendered person who comes to faith. Let’s think about it!
A same-sex couple made up of two men begin attending your church. You get to know them after the first two months. You have shared the gospel with them, explained Christianity, and invited them to your small group.
Six months pass. The couple has been faithful in attending Sunday mornings and in participating in your small group. One evening at the beginning of small group, one of the husbands speaks up. He says they both have something heavy to share with the group that has been weighing them down.
“As you know, we have been participating in your church life for the last six months. We both had a some kind of belief in God, but wanted to know more. You all lovingly took us in and taught us – helped us understand. Well, we now know what it is to be a Christian.
In fact, both of us repented of our sins and trust Christ a month ago. We understand from reading the Bible that we, as two men, should not be in the kind of relationship we are in. But we weren’t sure how to tell everyone. For the last month, we have been sleeping in separate rooms in accordance with our repentance. However, we are legally married by the state. Our dilemma, now knowing our marriage is wrong, is figuring out what we do now since divorce is also wrong. What do we do?”
How would you advise them?
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