Tag Archives: LGBTIQ and Church

Arizona Pastor predicts ‘AIDS-free Christmas’ if all Gays are Killed, as God Commands

By David Ferguson. A Baptist pastor in Tempe, Arizona called for the mass extermination of LGBT people on Sunday in a sermon entitled “AIDS: The Judgement of God.” In the sermon, which was uploaded to YouTube on Monday from Faithful Word Baptist Church, Pastor Steven Anderson said that God has ordered in the scriptures that gays should be killed, and that if humanity wants to have an “AIDS-free world by Christmas,” he said, that’s what should be done. “Turn to Leviticus 20:13,” he says in Read More +
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“Will Those Who Do Not Believe in Jesus Be Saved?” An LGBTIQ Theological Reflection on Salvation

Sometimes, I am approached by some Christians who ask me, “Have you been saved?” Every now and again, I hear some Christians say, “I accepted Jesus and I have been saved.” I also have people asking me, “Do people who do not believe in Jesus be saved?” When I hear questions and statements like these, it makes me think about why I am a Christian, about the different Christian traditions, about my non-Christian friends. It makes me think about the passage from Mark chapter 16, Read More +
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Evangelicals with Gay Children challenging Church

By Rachell Zoll. “When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered “reparative therapy” …  nothing changed. A despondent Ryan cut off from his parents and his faith, started taking drugs and in 2009, died of an overdose. Read more.                  
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International Consultation on Church and Homophobia | Day 3 | November 25, 2014

In the morning of the third day of the International Consultation on Church and Homophobia, Dr. Gadis Arivia delivered her presentation entitled “Love is a Human Right.” She recounted how in 2007, an Indonesian man named Hartono and his partner were humiliated by the police on the grounds of their sexuality. Arivia also cited several regional and international documents on SOGIE and same-sex marriage rights. When same-sex partners are denied rights, they are disallowed from visiting each other or their children in hospital, from receiving Read More +
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International Consultation on Church and Homophobia | Day 2 | November 24, 2014

The second day of the International Consultation on Church and Homophobia began with a thought-provoking Morning Prayer. After breakfast, Dr Dédé Oetomo delivered a presentation that examined the LGBTIQ movement in Indonesia and the involvement of religions. He gave a summary on the formation of groups such as the Himpunan Wasam Djakarta (Jakarta Association of Transgender Women) in the 1960s, the Persatuan Waria Kota Surabaya (Surabaya City Association of Transgender Women) in 1978, Lambda Indonesia in 1982, Persatuan Lesbian Indonesia in 1986, and GAYa NUSANTARA in Read More +
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“Reverend, I am June I am a sex worker and I work in a brothel in Geylang. I want to ask you a question, Will I go to hell.”

A Reflection by the Rev. Yap Kim Hao of Free Community Church, Singapore Observance of Transgender Day Last Sunday Free Community Church commemorated the victims of the transgendered people who suffered and died in misery. Responding to the invitation, a significant number of transmen and transwomen were present. A few shared their experiendes of stigma and discrimination by the wider community in society. The Church honoured and celebrated them and pledged to stand in solidarity with the transgendered community. Last night Oogachaga & Project X Read More +
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Celebrating LGBTQ Identities, Attractions and Expressions in God: A Response to Pastor Edmund Smith

Pastor Edmund Smith and “A Homosexual Lifestyle” My reflection is conceptualised as a response to a sharing by Pastor Edmund Smith on February 23, 2014 at the Community Baptist Church at Kota Damansara, Selangor, Malaysia, on “how God restored his identity as the son of the Living God from a homosexual lifestyle.”[1] This sharing was subsequently published in the Malaysian Christian news website Christianity Malaysia on March 5, 2014.[1] Smith and his wife, Amanda, are “the founders and directors of Real Love Ministry (RLM), an Read More +
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Repent or Believe in the Closet: When Pastoral Care is Anything But

A recent chance encounter with a Facebook posting alerted me to an event that immediately grabbed my attention. The title of the posting read: “LGBT: What is our Response as Catholics?” The Lifeline College and Young Adults Ministry[1] at the Jesuit-pastored St Francis Xavier Church, Petaling Jaya in the Malaysian state of Selangor had organised a talk on the evening of Friday, October 26, 2013. They had invited a guest speaker who was a diocesan priest from a parish in a neighbouring state. I had Read More +
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