MembersHow To Handle a ‘Coming Out’ in the Messianic Community

A candid interview with two men who left the faith in favor of a gay lifestyle

By Oriel Moran | | Topics: Homosexuality
Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90

Most Messianic Jews living in Israel agree that homosexuality is not God’s will or design for the male sex (as do I, the writer). But that doesn’t answer the question of how believers should react to the confession: “I’m gay.”

Amongst the small community of believers in the Land, it is rare for someone to come out as gay, but those who do often lose their family, friends and support system if disagreement turns into shunning and exile.

Others fear their reputation will be tarnished forever and prefer to continue to live in secret and suffer in silence rather than be rejected.

My argument is not whether homosexuality is a sin, but how the Messianic body should approach this taboo issue in a way that shines the love of Yeshua in its holiest form; in other words: how do we, while not compromising our stance on godly sexuality, love the person, but reject the sin?

 

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