Readers are an integral part of Whosoever. We appreciate hearing from our readers, whether they have praise or hot coals to heap on our heads. With the new year, we're beginning this new feature of a reader forum. Here's some of the things our readers are saying.
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Your words were inspiring to me as a Christian lesbian. I denied my
sexuality for years because I thought it was wrong. I am happier now
than I've ever been. My partner and many friends of mine are also
christian gays. We as a society are forced to make a choice: either
maintain a loving gay relationship and abandon our Christian beliefs or
be unhappy and be a Christian. It's good to know now we can maintain a
healthy, loving, gay relationship and still maintain our Christian
beliefs. If only the heterosexual world would catch on too!
--Gay and happy in Carrollton, GA
Whosoever has meant so much to me. Thank you for your articles and your
contribution to people like me, a bisexual married man, in the closet,
wishing he weren't. Mostly I thank you and your authors for helping me
realize that God made and loves me. I was reared a "legalistic"
Christian, as Bruce Bawer puts it. I am being purged, little by little,
of all those old "thou shalt not" laws. I hope to continue to learn to
be more loving, accepting, and tolerant of all of God's creatures.
The article about the LDS Church and homosexuality was interesting to me because I grew up in a community of Mormons and now live in an area where the LDS religion is the predominant one. Thank you for providing a magazine that carries articles that respectfully consider the variety of religious opinions on homosexuality and religion.
I was pleased to find your internet site. Thanks for being here. The
public needs to become educated instead of continuing the oppression of
individuals who are not "acceptable" to the "norm".
Society says loud and clear that it's not possible to be both gay and
Christian. It was a huge struggle for me when I "discovered" I was
gay. I had been born again at age 8, and trying to deal with the fact
that I was gay was quite a blow at age 21. I tried to deny my
relationship with God, since I was told I couldn't be a Christian if I
was gay. But God would not let that happen. God kept calling me.
Then, I tried to deny my sexual orientation. I begged and pleaded God
to take my "gayness" away. I just tried to live an assexual life and
devote myself to God. I even tried to date men. But my sexual
orientation was a part of me, just as the fact that I have blue eyes.
It cannot be denied. You can put colored contacts in, but underneath,
you're still blue-eyed. I cannot deny these vital parts of me. I
cannot explain why I am the way I am. I just know that it's true. I am
gay and I am a Christian. Troy Perry says it well in one of his book
titles, "The Lord is my shepherd and He knows I'm gay".
Thanks again for being available to the world! Keep up the good work!
Your Devotional Journal has become a guide for my own daily meditations. You
put into words the thoughts that I have believed in my heart.
Sometimes I get discouraged that the Methodist Church which my husband and I
belong to is so slow to affirm and bless the many gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgendered people in our community. We are heading in the direction of
being a reconciling church, but the process seems so slow!
Thank You for sharing your thoughts with us.
May God continue to bless your ministry.
I dislike the point of view that it is not a sin to be homosexual. I believe it is wrong. I am still uncertain about the causes except to say that I am sure that no one chooses to be homosexual anymore than they choose to be heterosexual. I am personally a heterosexual with many homosexual tendancies that have never been acted upon physically. Thank you for providing a place for your opinion to be heard. I think that all opinions need to be voiced so they can be debated and talked about.
Very intelligent, life-affirming work. As a
liberal Christian and a (straight) supporter of
gay rights, it is refreshing to see a 'zine
which says it's OK to be a sincere Christian
believer and G/L/B/T at the same time. The
"Xena," article was especially good!
I think, the church can not give up their believes
because if they don't mind abortion or sodomy
there would be nothing left for what they stand
for. The church need those issues to show that they
have an important role in the society--they are
the only once who have still "moral". Actually,
the church and all religions make a living from
those believes. If they want to continue to exist
from the money of their members they have to
maintain their extreme opinions, because that's
the only reason why people still go to the church-
if the church were liberal than the people could
switch to a liberal organisation.
My name is Richerd. I'm 15 and I discovered that I was gay when I was 11 but
did not decide to come out until I was 14. My life has
my father disowned me and my grandmother, who I love the most, will not talk to
becuse I'm gay. But I was sick of hiding and by coming out it made my life much
easier and less stressful. But I find it painful knowing that my family does not
care or support me. So I decided to do my own research and found many outlets to
this andIi have decided that this is not a problem but a solution to the
problem and I wanted to thank you for your web page becuse it encourged me and
that's what I need more than anything.
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