What Would Jesus Say To Someone Who Is Gay?

John 8 shows us the hypocrisy of the religious and the loving heart of Jesus toward unclean sinners. The Pharisees hated Jesus more than they hated the adulteress. They broke the law of Moses by trapping the adulteress in public outside the temple. Jesus stands up against religious hypocrisy.

All sex outside of marriage is a sin, but Jesus offers the gift of grace. He told the adulteress that she is no longer condemned but ought to ‘go and sin no more’. For those who are same-sex attracted, the good news is that Jesus offers forgiveness and a family in Christ through the church.

Jesus would tell a gay person what he says to every other sinner: "I know you and I love you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and I know your anguish, struggles, and temptations. I came to wash you clean by my blood, to justify you by my sacrifice, and sanctify you by my spirit, which I freely give to you. My spirit is not a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love. Come follow me. I am the beginning and the end. I will return my bride to myself, and on that day the world will be healed and my people will be restored to their first love: me. Set your eyes on things above. Live boldly, love freely, pray continually, serve courageously, and serve joyfully the one who brought you out of darkness and into light. Never will I leave you or forsake you, for behold I am with you until the end of the age."

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2 Nov 2016

Luke Nelson

Luke is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He joined City on a Hill in its early days, serving as the Community Pastor in Melbourne, before being asked to lead his own church plant. Having grown up in Melbourne's western suburbs, he has a deep knowledge of and passion for the area, and a great desire to see the gospel bring transformation. A gifted communicator, he loves the work of pastoring a church, opening God's word each week and seeing the Spirit work. Luke graduated with a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University, has a Grad Dip in Divinity from Ridley College, and is close to completing a Masters of Ministry. He is an ordained Anglican minister in the Diocese of Melbourne and an active member of the Acts 29.

17 Oct 2016

Guy Mason

Guy is the founding and Senior Pastor of City on a Hill, a church that began in 2007 with a small team and a big vision. Today City on a Hill is a movement of many churches that gathers across multiple locations, in different cities and is united around the central mission of knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. Guy is a passionate communicator of the gospel who is committed to engaging culture with the beauty, truth, and relevance of Jesus. Guy graduated with a BA in Public Relations from RMIT University and has a Masters of Divinity from Ridley College. He is the husband to Vanessa and the father to four children. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and member of Acts 29.

17 Oct 2016

Andrew Grills

Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.