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              What many would consider their worst nightmare has become a reality for Christopher Yuan. While attending dental school, he began living promiscuously as a homosexual and experimenting with illicit drugs. Within a few years, he was expelled from dental school, imprisoned for drug dealing and discovered that he was HIV positive.

              But God has turned his nightmare into an exciting and inspiring story of redemption, grace and transformation. Christopher has an understanding heart for and a desire to minister to those working through issues of sexuality and to those living with HIV/AIDS. He speaks locally and internationally to youth, on college campuses, in churches and in prisons.

              Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry at Bethel Seminary. He now teaches at Moody while continuing his speaking ministry which has reached four continents around the world. Christopher has spoken at both Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church in America and at many conferences including InterVarsity's Urbana and the Moody Pastors' Conference and Men's Conference. He is also featured in the award-winning documentary, "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS" and has co-authored with his mother, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope (forthcoming May 3, 2011 by WaterBrook Multnomah a division of Random House).

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A Response to Soulforce,
the Equality Ride, and Mel White

Last April,   I spoke on a panel representing Wheaton College.   We were in a discussion with Soulforce (Equality Ride) on the topic of homosexuality.   I stand with Soulforce in denouncing violence/discrimination toward any human being,   "gay" or "straight."   However their view of homosexuality is not based upon Scripture.   To their detriment,   Soulforce intentionally avoided all discussions regarding the biblical perspective of homosexuality.   Instead they focused upon an issue on which we all agreed (i.e. the injustice of violence and discrimination) and didn't provide any reason to change our stance that God desires for all of us to be transformed through the redemption of Jesus Christ.

This Spring, Soulforce plans to visit 40 schools and military institutions.   Last year they visited 20 schools in one bus.   This year they plan to take two buses taking two different routes.

Here is a good resource from Dr. Stanton L. Jones, Ph.D., Provost of Wheaton College, "A Study Guide and Response to: Mel White's What the Bible Says and Doesn't Say About Homosexuality."   It is a 43 page pdf document which includes Mel White's booklet.

Stan Jones' Response

Another response is from Dr. Daniel B. Wallace who is considered an authority on Biblical Greek grammar and New Testament textual criticism.   Two-thirds of schools that teach Biblical Greek use his textbook which is the standard work in the field.

Daniel Wallace's Response


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Chris!

Just got your email about your blog opening to the public. Thanks for doing so! I'm sure it'll be an encouragement to a lot of struggling Christians.

-Chris Yan

February 14, 2007 at 1:18 AM  

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